February 9
After sorting out the painter's needs and waiting for the rain to stop, we set off for Winterton North Beach. Two large flocks of Fieldfare in roadside fields en route but little else. A calm sea looked empty at first, apart from a single male Scoter close inshore.Following a lone Gannet through my scope, about 20 Red-throated Divers surfaced into view, all actively diving. Another 5 Scoter splashed in and, after a patient wait, good views of a very seldom surfacing, Black-throated Diver drifting fast north. A year tick for both of us.
Three large skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew inland as we neared Horsey on the return journey, we'd been very surprised to see none previously, thinking that they'd already started flying north up the coast, ready for migration. They're certainly fewer in number in this area. We added 3 Mistle Thrushes to the month list just before Happisburgh.

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