This Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew west over UEA & Earlham Marsh on 1st Jan where it was photographed by Nick Robinson. An excellent start to the year.
This 1st winter Mediterranean Gull at Earlham Marsh on 4th Jan was another great find in a purple patch for this site. Photo by Will Soar.
Flight picture of the rather impressive Glaucous Gull at Gt Yarmouth in mid January. Photo by Drew Lyness.
Two record shots of the Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid at Whitlingham CP in January. Photos by Justin Lansdell (above) and Rich Moores (below)
Two images of the Siberian Chiffchaff at Strumpshaw Fen relocated from the end of 2015 in the same place. Where had it been for a month. Maybe not a classic but calls are right. Photo by Ben Lewis.
This Mediterranean Gull was a brief visitor to Whitlingham CP on 8th Feb, the species remains very scarce this far up the valley. Photo by Jake Gearty
This Bittern was a welcome and scarce visitor to Whitlingham CP. Photographed in late February by Justin Lansdell.
The Great White Egret from Bowthorpe is back for another spring. Photo bt Stewart Betts.
Jack Snipe are a regular if hard to observe species at Strumpshaw Fen so Ben Moyes did well to get this photo of one outside Fen Hide in late February.
This pair of Garganey appeared at Buckenham at the end of March. Possibly the pair that had been at Strumpshaw in previous days, Photo by Jane Ferguson.
This Penduline Tit gave birders the run around for several weeks before being seen and photographed by several people from the final day of March. This photo by Ben Lewis.
This Little Gull added to the early spring excitement at Strumpshaw Fen. Photo by Steve Smith from the Tower Hide in early April.
This White Stork roosted at Halvergate in early April. No rings could be seen on this bird so origin could wild, but Thrigby casts doubt over all White Storks in our area. Photo by Peter Allard.
Many Ring Ouzels were seen on the East Anglian coast in early spring, but few in our area. This one was found and photographed by Tommy Corcoran in Gt Yarmouth cemetery.
7 of the 8 Common Scoters found at Whitlingham CP by Drew Lyness in early April. Photo by Justin Lansdell above and Chris Stone below.
This pair of Mandarins were a good find by Chris Baker at Whitlingham CP in late April. Photo by James Emerson.
This nasal saddled Tufted Duck was photographed by Drew Lyness at Thorpe Broad, Norwich in early May. It will be interesting to find out its origin.
Spotted Flycatchers are more likely to be seen on passage than as a breeding bird in our area nowadays. This one was photographed by Tommy Corcoran in Gt Yarmouth cemetery in early May.
This Osprey was a late May visitor to Strumpshaw Fen. Photo by Steve Smith.
A neck-ringed Greylag Goose was with the usual large summering flock at Whitlingham CP from late June. Photos by Justin Lansdell
This Grasshopper Warbler at Thorpe Marshes persisted to early July at least and showed much better than Justin Lansdell's photographic skill suggests!
Wrynecks are almost annual on the east coast on spring or autumn migration. This one was in Gt Yarmouth cemetery in late August after a fall of drift migrants. Photo by Jane Ferguson.
Two images of the returning hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard at Whitlingham CP in November (on right below). Photos by Justin Lansdell
A record shot of the flock of Waxwings that became an ever present feature at Jerningham Road, Costessey in November-December. Photo by Justin Lansdell
A record shot in the fog of the Dark-bellied Brent Goose that spent a few days with Pinkfeet in the Beighton/Cantley area in December. Photo by Justin Lansdell
These 4 Cattle Egrets were found just east of Halvergate village in late December. Photographed at roost by Jane Ferguson.
This Knot was a good find at Earlham Marsh on 3rd Jan where it was photographed by Jake Gearty. Perhaps surprisingly several inland Norfolk records come in mid winter.
This young Glaucous Gull was found by Neil Matheson in Gt Yarmouth in early January. Photo by Tommy Corcoran, taken on the Beaconsfield football pith.
The Lesser Yellowlegs was still making erratic appearances at Breydon Water and Burgh Castle into the New Year. Photographed here at the latter on 17 Jan by Rob Wilton.
This female Pintail at UEA Broad on 25th Jan was an excellent find of what is a very scarce bird in the upper Yare Valley and follows another (or the same bird) at Whitlingham Country Park. Photo by Alex Berryman
This dark male Marsh Harrier was seen at Strumpshaw Fen in January. Photo by Ben Lewis.
Water Pipits are a regular feature in the mid Yare valley in winter. This one photographed in February at Strumpshaw Fen by warden Ben Lewis.
This Firecrest was an excellent find by Rich Moores at Thorpe Marshes on 3rd Feb. Photo by finder
This drake Mallard x Pintail hybrid was found at Whitlingham Country Park in December 2015 and remains in the area in February when it was photographed by Jake Gearty.
This young Caspian Gull made an all too brief visit Breydon Water on the 7th February. Found by John Harris and photographed by Tommy Corcoran.
Early spring migration started with this Spoonbill at Breydon Water in early March. Photo by Tommy Corcoran.
This Green-winged Teal was an excellent find by Steve Smith at Cantley Marshes on 13th March. Photos by Justin Lansdell
More wildfowl. This drake Common Scoter was seen on Easter Sunday at Thorpe Broad, Thorpe St Andrew. Part of a countrywide inland influx. Found and photographed by Justin Lansdell.
It was a good spring nationally for Firecrests, so not unexpected to find some inland birds in our area. This one photographed by Murray Smith in early April at Strumpshaw Fen (above). Coastal Firecrests also in evidence with this one in Gt Yarmouth cemetery (below) photographed by Tommy Corcoran.
A record shot of the drake Garganey at Hardley Flood on 6th April. Photo by Justin Lansdell
A 1st summer Great black-backed Gull at Hardley Flood on 6th April. Despite being a frequent and occasionally abundant species lower down the Yare Valley it is very scarce further up the valley being just about annual at Whitlingham for example. In the mid Yare Valley over summering immature birds such as this bird at either Hardley Flood or Buckenham Marshes perhaps surprisingly represent the best opportunity to see the species. Photo by Justin Lansdell
This Iceland Gull made a brief visit to Breydon Water in April. Record shot by the finder Tommy Corcoran.
This Whinchat was a mid April passage migrant at Buckenham Marsh. Much scarcer inland than on the coast. Photo by Steve Smith.
With two pair of Garganey present at Buckenham Marsh in the spring, distinguishing between the two was easy as one pair had a dull plumaged drake. Photo by Murray Smith.
One of 2 Black Redstarts found and photographed in Gt Yarmouth cemetery by Tommy Corcoran on May 4th.
A nation wide influx of marsh terns in May, brought sevral Black Terns into our area. These two were from a party of three found and photographed by Drew Lyness at Whitlingham Lane CP.
This 'polish' Mute Swan cygnet at Thorpe Marshes was the only one in a brood of 4. Photos by Justin Lansdell
Another excellent photo of the Velvet Scoter at Whitlingham CP by Chris Stone
A record shot of the Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Whitlingham CP on 13th November by Gary White. Rare inland this is the first at the site since 2012
A record shot of the flock of Waxwings at Bessemer Road, South Norwich on 27th November. Photo by Justin Lansdell
Two more images of the 1st winter Scaup at Whitlingham CP in December 2016. Photos above and below by Justin Lansdell
The drake Mallard x Pintail remains in the melee at Thorpe Green, Thorpe St Andrew at the end of December. Photo by Justin Lansdell
Another record shot of the Whitlingham CP 1st winter Scaup, now obviously a drake as the grey mantle has started to moult through. Photo on 31st December by Justin Lansdell