Had the Day at Minsmere, but was pretty quiet, saw the usual Bitterns, Ducks, Marsh Tit, Water rail and Marsh Harriers. 2 Whooper Swans were new to me here.
Then had a walk along the beach at Kessingland, 9 Eiders, Pintail. 3 Red Breasted Mergansers a Guillemot lots of Red throated Divers, Wigeon, Teal and Common Scoter
Onto today, well I lied when I said id had my last tick of the year on my last blog post. Today Rach n I headed south to North Warren RSPB, a reserve we had never been too and just south of Minsmere. The place was good for Geese and there had been Bean and White fronted geese on site. Id also seen that a radio tagged Lesser White fronted Goose had made it to Minsmere last night, so was hoping to find that somewhere or at least twitch it when it turned up.
Anyway we arrived on site and could scope the 100 or so Barnacles (feral) with a handful of European White-fronts in a distant field. We headed around to the dis railway until we reached the bigger flock of Geese. Firstly a count of 150+ Black tailed Godwits. Then we reached the geese, an incredible 168 European White-fronted Geese.
So not a real tick but I could hardly look away could I ;-) Bit far for pics but you get the idea.
Anyway we did the circular trail finding 2 Chiffchaffs and ended up back in Thorpness for a great burger n chips in the Kitchen Restaurant well sat outside with the dogs, it was lovely. Great end to a super day.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!