So, more in hope the expectation, I headed off to Norfolk this morning. There had been strong northerly winds last night which might have resulted in some displaced auks, skuas or shearwaters relocating back up the North sea past Cley beach. At least, that was the theory.
Unfortunately the weather was gorgeous. The weather system had moved through early doors resulting in a flat calm sea and despite an overnight frost, pleasant temperatures. Trouble was, there were no birds! Nothing, or almost nothing was moving past. Over 3 hours, and in the company of a birder, Jerry, who has retired up to Norfolk from Croxley Green, we saw a few divers and scoter but nothing else. A seal kept us marginally amused but it moved on as well.
On the beach we did get a small flock of snow buntings fly past but they didn't top. Stonechats and goldfinches were pottering about on the edge but otherwise the land was as quiet as the sea.
Going up in size, and from top to bottom, I also had knot, in good number but spread out, redshank, mainly on the marshes other than the beach, and a very few grey plover.