Started the day at Gimingham and was pleased to see that the Goosander from last week had found some friends and now 4 Goosander were present.
A Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail were also nice to see. I did watch a Buzzard that was walking around a field seemingly eating worms which was interesting.
Only other birds of note were Collard Dove, Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest and a small flock of Long-tailed Tit which were all Patch year ticks.
Gimingham - This Visit 36 species, total for the year 37
2nd Visit to Trimingham
I walked across the fields as always and saw 5 Red-legged Partridge which were a patch year tick. I then scanned through the Gulls that were sat in the field as came across a patch first and although I saw 6 flying along the sea last week this was the first time I have ever seen Shelduck on the ground within the patch.
I then continued and had a look at the sea which was empty apart from a few Great Black-backed Gulls. I then heard a Gull call from behind me I recognised it and could see the bird flying along the field it was a Mediterranean Gull a year tick for the patch.
I turned back to sea and concentrated on the shore line as the tide was out, A wader fest in terms of Trimingham with 8 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and a Grey Plover all patch year ticks. A Cormorant flew through which was an additional patch year tick.
I then scanned through the Gulls on the beach and picked out a year tick 4 Little Gulls sitting in a channel made from the incoming tide and they soon flew off when a dog tried to eat them.
I then walked along the cliff top and some shooting in the distance behind made me turn round and flying over (not being shot) was a flock of 18 Pintail a Patch lifer!!!!
I got one more year tick just before heading into the wood, a chance look on the sea and I spotted a distant dark bird, and once scoped I could see it was a Great Skua, it was about a mile out so the picture is not that bad.
Trimingham - This visit 34 species, total for the year 49
First visit - Witton Church
Apart from my first Bullfinch for this area of the patch there was nothing that exciting for the first visit to Witton Church, the usual common stuff plus a flock of 350 Golden Plover and a single Lapwing.
Witton Church - This visit and total species 22
First visit - Witton Woods
There is a reason I don't head to the woods much in the winter, its really hard work to see any birds.
Today was no exception seeing hardly any birds at all, Mostly Woodpigeon with a handful of Goldcrest and a few Siskin flying over.
Witton Woods - This visit and Total species 18
Total for all the patch this year 81