The first note of alarm came a few miles up the road from Tophill - this is Watton Beck near the free range chicken farm - water flowing over the top of the banks and flooding surrounding fields:
On a brighter note - we have a smew! At long last it was picked up on Watton Nature Reserve by Gordon and Wendy Wright on Saturday (though Tony McLean had apparently glimpsed one earlier). We've also had the bittern turn up on the WeBS count - Eric Clubley flushing one from the river bank near North Marsh.
Another seasonal year tick that's always good value are the woodcock - found again on Sunday under the wildlife centre hedge - a very grainy shot here of one of two:
They can usually be found all winter here and we've even cleaned the wildlife centre window for one last time! Other birds of the week have included mediterranean gull and lesser redpoll.
After all the excitement otter has also been seen again - sprainting outside North Marsh on Sunday, and covertly swimming past on Tuesday morning. Thanks to Tony Simpson - the third man in the hide when Steve and Roy also got their cracking shots in the last post - so here is another excellent angle:
Finally a few more days for entries in the 2013 membership card competition:
The rules are one per person and must have been taken at Tophill in the last year. Remember the image needs to work on a credit card size and entries in by the 31st of December. The winner gets a years membership - shortlisting by the reserve team and judging by vote in the YWS Land and Planning team - best of luck!