At the beach we picked up a lot of the common waders such as Sanderling,Dunlin,Grey and Ringed Plovers and Turnstones and Wayne called a fly-by Great Skua which I failed to get on as I was too busy "digi-scoping" a very tame pair of Snow Bunting picking through the beach litter.
With dusk approaching we decided to see out the remainder of the day at Titchwell and picked up several Woodcock flying out of the woods onto the fields to feed.
Another dry day greeted us on Sunday (1st Feb) and after the obligatoty "Full English" we were soon at Cley watchting the juvenile Glaucous Gull in a blizzard,too bloody cold to hang around so after an unsuccessful scan of Arnold's Marsh for Water Pipit we headed inland to Leatheringsett in search of the continental Black-Bellied Dipper which has been spending the winter on the River Glaven.
No sooner had we arrived when another birder/photographer rushed up to the Jeep to announce that the bird had arrived in the last 20 seconds !!,luck or what ??
We all got good 'scope views and the bird duly obliged for a couple of not very good photos.
After a quick visit to Cley Spey a report of four Waxwings in Sainsburys car park had us scurrying for North Walsham south of Cromer,the blighters were nowhre to be seen so after a good search we headed for Cromer for another sea watch from a very cold and windy pier.
Lots of Razorbills,Gannets,Kittiwakes and both Red and Black Throated Divers wasn't a bad return and we decided to finish the day at Warham Greens with the harrier roost.
A number of Marsh Harriers passed through adding to the many we had seen already and finally a cracking male Hen Harrier and a "ring-tail" put in an appearance.
Too cold to hang about and with the light fading we moved on to thaw ourselves out in front of the roaring log fire in the Red Lion in Stiffkey with a pint of the best local brew.
Our final day (Mon 2nd Feb) was to be cut short by the threat of heavy snow,we woke to a covering of snow and headed west for Choseley Barns in the hope of maybe a Corn Bunting only to be greeted by a distinct lack of birds.
The side roads were getting clogged up with snow so sticking to the main roads we headed for Flitcham and Abbey Farm via Wolverton (again no Golden Pheasant - I've only seen one in 7 visits to Norfolk !!)
With the threat of heavy snow forecast for South Wales and not wishing to end up standed we headed for home.
A great weekend once again,great company (thanks to Alan,Gareth and Mike as well),good birding,good digs,some of the best beer in the country and a "lifer" thrown in,doesn't get much better.
Roll on May and a summer visit for Orioles and Monties !!