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.
The Black-throated Thrush, courtesy of Gary White. Why not visit his website (link on the right) and marvel at his other photos?
Wondering what else we might be able to see whilst in the area, we decided to visit the new RSPB reserve at Saltholme. We went via the Transporter Bridge at Middlesborough, a rather odd looking contraptionm, but well worth a go at only £1.20 a pop. Saltholme actually looks very impressive, and I was pleased to see the RSPB has developed a sense of humour, the No Smoking signs were followed by "Kippers, Cigarettes, or anything else". To counter this, we were subjected to the Spanish Inquisition (and it was unexpected) by a reserve volunteer, who wanted to know if we were local, where we were from, if we'd visited before, what political party we were affiliated to, what our favourite colour was and who we thought would win in a fight, batman or spiderman. Anyway, no sign of the dubious Hooded Merganser, though we did manage 3 Red-breasted Mergs and a couple of white geese.
After a return crossing on the crazy transporter bridge (I hope the Reedham Ferry man doesn't see it in a catalogue and realise he's been sold short with his wooden platform on a chain) we zoomed back towards Norfolk. By mid-Lincolnshire we had managed to get Radio Norfolk and listen to commentary of the Norwich match, which we won 2-1, hurrah. The final action of the evening was some owl watching, but despite some calls, we only saw one Barn Owl and some Woodcock.
** This bird was reported as Scaup, then as an Aythya hybrid, now everyone I've spoken to onsite recently seems happy it is a Scaup. I can't remember seeing a 1st-winter male Scaup before (probably because I dismissed any I have seen as hybrids ;-)), so am not in a brilliant position to comment.
On Saturday I accompanied Gary to the North Norfolk coast, where we hoped to catch up with the Snow Goose. A walk around a few sites in the north-east was largely fruitless, although a Fulmar flying west at West Runton was a year tick. We also saw the Med Gull and a Grey Plover there. The large flock of Snow Buntings at Salthouse were very photogenic, and the pair of Scaup at Wells were definitely Scaup, as opposed to hybrids.