On the 13th, I visited my patch and went to the north end to Old Hartley, within 10 minutes of setting up my scope, I had picked out 20+ Fulmars, a Velvet Scoter and 2 Brent Geese flying by, and also 2 Black-throated divers, one Red-Throated Diver and a grebe sp. on the sea (probably red-necked from the brief views it gave). Other highlights so far have been Med Gull and lots of pink-feet (which I have looked through several times for bean goose, no such luck).
However today the cold weather reminded me why I love my patch so much, with one over due patch tick in the form of 9 yellowhammers, and 6 patch yearticks with wigeon, drake pintail on the wetland and the sea which was a nice surprise! Also got a male peregrine over the wetland early on, and Alan Curry later told me it took a woodcock over the fields! I also got another text off Alan telling me about only my second patch merlin in the fields sitting down with it's back to us, showed well for me before flying low over the field and putting all the yellowhammer, skylarks and meadow pipits up!
Poor Phone-Scoped Record Shot of the Pintail (trust me, it is one!).
However my overall highlight of the day was late on in the day after I came back to see if I could find any white winged gulls in the roost, and as I arrived, a 1st-winter Glaucous Gull flew over me, MEGA! Great patch yeartick and self found as well! Takes me up to 72 for the year on patch so far.
Probably the same bird as this one in November?