The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here, 2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.
You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available here.
Moorhen in a tree. According to the guy I was talking to, the Moorhens have to climb up the branches rather than fly in to the nest!
The Great Broad was fairly quiet, 13 Sand Martins and a singing Lesser Whitethroat were the highlights. Scanning the old workings produced one Shelduck and around 30 Tufted Ducks. Again my timing was off (next day Sandwich and Little Terns seen), but the walk was pleasant and had a good chat with one of the locals.
This gull caught my eye, mainly because of the yellow and black beak. I'm presuming it's a between-plumages Herring Gull, but if anyone wants to offer me anything rarer then please do!
Year list 178 species.
Species list (including AGP/PGP) now 170 species.
[Edit] Despite the characters mentioned here, it was evenutally decided that this bird was an American Golden Plover, and was accepted as such by the Norfolk Rarities Committee.
Around the back of the broad the Willow Warbler that started singing a week ago was still in the same group of trees, and back in Trowse a Kingfisher flew out of a buddleia and downriver. The next day I found to my despair that after I had left, a pair of Garganey were located that evening at Whitlingham by one of the punks. Darn it!
Me & Dad went out on the motorbike, starting at Upton for Grass Snakes. It took a whle to find the first one, but we ended up seeing 8, getting photos of one basking on the path. otherwise the reserve was quiet, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Barn Owl and a late flock of Fieldfare the best birds.
After lunch, we headed to Horsey to have another look at the seals. Despite the beach being quite busy, they didn't seem bothered by the people. Still no Wheatear for me, but four Swallows flew through going east. A number of Stonechats were along the path, and a flock of pipits at Waxham Holiday Park were too far away to ID.
Year list 157 species.
A number of local sights visited, starting with Rosary Cemetery, where we saw two Nuthatches. Lion's Wood gave up another Nuthatch and a few Chiffchaffs. Carey's Meadow was quiet, give it another couple of weeks and it should be heaving with warblers. Finally we ended up at Thorpe Marshes, where I failed again to see any LRPs. Ample compensation was an Avocet, sitting on the shingle spit and occasionally being chased by gulls. This was the first one I've seen around Norwich, and a notable Whitlingham area tick.
This duck was smiling, isn't that nice?