3rd: On a second twitch to Hamilton Docks, Lowestoft.
Success this Juvenile Great Northern Diver was within camera range this time.

4th: To Waveney Forest mound to view Chedgrave Marshes, distant views of Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret and Short Eared an d BarnOwls. The male muntjac below was photographed from Sandy lane on way to mound, treecreeper and Goldcrest also see there.

Male Muntjac Deer

5th: In an endeavour to get better views of the Rough Legged Buzzard I walked to Toft Monks Mill, well I did see a Common Buzzard, the Great White Egret and a couple of Barn Owls plus:

The Common Buzzard on pylon


Mute Swans flew over


As did a Sparrowhawk


and thousands of Pinkfeet fly up from the Marshes

6th: Parked at Burgh Castle car park and walked along river past Marina to edge of Belton Marshes. Here a Short Eared Owl gave good views. Out on Langley Marshes several sighting of Marsh Harriers including an individual with green wing tags
12th Hamilton Docks, Lowestoft: Great Northern diver present but distant, but the Sanderling on small beach was more obliging.

14th Gapton Marshes area: 2 Marsh Harriers, one a male. Large number of Lapwings on marshes and a flock of c.50 Fieldfare a few photographed see below.

15th: Just going out as 9 wild swans flew right over my Bradwell House, just grabbed this passing shot.

16th: North end of Harpers Lane large mixed flock of Siskins and Goldfinch plus c.13 Redwings.
on Gapton Marshes hunting Kestrel and barn Owl and restless waders!
19th: From a cold and snowy Burgh Castle, Castle: Several Marsh Harriers inc imm. and mature males, distant R. L. Buzzard, c.10 Redwing and many restless Snipe!

A few snipe and lapwing sheltering and trying to feed along the snow free river edge


21st: Walk down a snowy Harpers Lane to Gapton Marshes: Peregrine, Kingfisher, Male Marsh Harrier, and flying Woodcock. Around the horses taking advantage of disturbed ground Meadow Pipits, Redwings, Robins and Blackbirds.


Harpers Lane

Back home taking advantage of my bird bath (very important to birds in present weather, keeping them hydrated and clean feathers helping insulation) a few Starlings see below!


A Pied Wagtail flew in taking advantage of the areas I had cleared and food laid out there.

22nd: Gapton Marshes: First Hen Harrier of the year a female? Barn Owl and around the horses more Redwings than yesterday plus a few Fieldfare.

The Redwing were very close to the horses, even diving into just vacated hoof marks.





23rd: The weather forced a Fieldfare into my garden and an apple core was much appreciated. Hastily supplemented by apple halves.

The Fieldfare

26th: Burgh Castle to Beltom Marshes. Peregrine long view of flyover and landing on Belton Marshes. In river a seal and flying from river a Goosander. R L Buzzard was spotted from lookout after we had left.
27th: Alerted via twitter of 21 Waxwing perhaps only 200yds from my house, I quickly departed home to find just one individual remaining. I took some photos and then bird flew of towards a tall tree where a flock of forty had just arrived. I thought the single bird would have joined the flock, but on another visit later there was again one lone individual!

The single Waxwing


Flock of 40


Briefly down to feed before disappearing


At home the Fieldfare still enjoying apples

29th: Gapton Marshes area 2 Barn Owls, m&f Marsh Harrier and c.100 Fieldfare. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron and Little Egret
31st: On the 23rd, had recorded 178 Cormorants flying inland over the Cliff Hotel, Gorleston. Reference to the 2011 Norfolk Bird Report suggested thy were heading to Norfolk's largest Cormorant roost at Fritton Lake. The count for January 2011 was 727. With visions of large v formations flying into roost decided to find a suitable vantage point for a count. I ended up at Saint Edmunds Church, Fritton.  As I scanned over the lake for Cormorants my attention was diverted by a familiar sound, a flock of c.30 Waxwings were high in a tree behind me, at 4.45pm obviously about to roost. Pleased to have found my own waxwing in this waxwing winter.
Recorded 10 cormorants!

c.30 Waxwings!

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