Saturday morning was spent walking on the beach at Boulmer. I am always impressed by the range of waders species and their numbers. There were fourteen species of wader including good numbers of grey plover (34), knot, turnstone and dunlin. There were smaller numbers of sanderling and purple sandpipers (2). Other birds of interest included a short-eared owl that flew in off the sea, a small southerly passage of fieldfares and skylarks and a Scandinavian rock pipit (close to the car park).
A drive to Edlingham, produce a green woodpecker on a roadside tree. A stoat in ermine was spotted in Glanton on Saturaday looking for mice in a building site!
A slushy walk around Branton Ponds, prodced one or two species of interest including a kingfisher, several snipe, 4 lesser redpoll (very close), 3 goosander and 6 goldeneye. There was no sign of the water rail or willow tit. There were tracks of a female otter with a least one cub across the ice on the southern shore of the west pool.