I spent 2 hours on site and have a few pics and videos to share. Saw Lesser (about 100), One Mealy and Two Arctic Redpoll.
This awesome Arctic showed well.
But back to the birds and sea watching put us straight onto a large flock of Fulmar (74) that were sat on the sea. Common Scoter (75) and Eider (76) were also on the sea, a Meadow Pipit (77) flew over our heads, and back on the sea a Red-throated Diver (78) flew through. I then managed to pick up a Slavonian Grebe (79) on the sea and after some manoeuvring to see further south we also managed to see a large flock of Red-breasted Merganser (80).
Our next planned stop was Flitcham and on the way in Snettisham area we had Fieldfare (81) and Kestrel (82). Coming into Flitcham we had Jay (83) and Buzzard (84). The hide was very quiet with only a Sparrowhawk (85) briefly adding some entertainment. After the hide we then checked the fields, two Grey Partridges (86) ran up the edge of one field and a flock of around 40 Tree Sparrow (87) were in the hedgerow. After this we headed off but not before seeing a flock of 15 Song Thrush (88) and a Lesser Black Backed Gull (89).
Next stop was brief, although I normally enjoy getting great looks at any bird there just wasn't time the Great Grey Shrike (90) was distant but showing well at Fakenham. It was now around midday so on the way to Cley we got some food.
We arrived and waited for the same bird that everybody else wanted it hadn't been seen since 10.30 and it was now 12.30 Dunlin (91) and Avocet (92) added more ticks of the day, and with further scanning Adam picked out some Pied Wagtails (93) and I spotted a distant Peregrine (94) just West of North Scrape.
I then started my 5th/6th full scan of the reserve when someone had spotted the Western Sandpiper (95) showing really well on Simmond Scrape and sure it was, here is a picture and a new video that I have taken.
After this we left and a brief stop at Salthouse we got good views of both Guillemot (97) and Razorbill (98) on the sea.
After this the next stop planned was Ranworth Broad but first a stop at Horstead Mill for a go at Grey Wagtail, but no luck. This is actually a bird I have never seen on 1st Jan which I have always found weird.
Now another weird moment as we park the car at around 2pm and add our 99th bird and imagine a big drum roll for...... the Dunnock (99), and then in quick secession Siskin (100), Goldcrest (101), Long-tailed Tit (102), Great Spotted Woodpecker (103) and Coal Tit (104).
We then walked down to the broad and heard Waterail on the way. At the broad Julian so helped us get onto the bird we wanted the Ring-necked Duck (105).
During the walk back we saw a Treecreeper (106), and I realised we could maybe beat my previous record of 111 if we get a good roost at Hickling so off we went.
A brief stop at Ludham and we saw 20 Whooper (107) and 3 Bewick Swans (108).
We then got to Hickling and on the walk down 2 White-fronted Geese (109) flew over head. Upon arrival at the roost we were straight onto some Cranes (110) at first it seemed to be six but later on the flock took off and it was actually 10, plus 3 others flew in later. Our next bird was seen straight away also, this was a Merlin (111) sat perched in a nearby field. The record breaking bird was a male Hen Harrier (112) that flew through.
We then got to add two more as a Bullfinch (113) flew over and a Woodcock (114) flew past. We also heard a Kingfisher at the roost as well as seeing 40+ Marsh Harrier and a Ring-tail Harrier also.