Vis mig was really disappointing at dawn - a single Yellow Wagtail west and 2 Carrion Crows in were the only passerines I could clearly put down as being on vis mig in the first couple of hours. But there was plenty of action. There were flocks of Scoter constantly flying west - some may have been on vis mig but a lot of them seemed to be coming out of Holkham Bay so I assume it was mainly a local feeding movement. Anyway, I ended up with 3020 Common Scoter and 8 Velvet Scoter. There were about 100 Sandwich Terns passing by and over the estuary a group of 5 Whimbrel (2 more flew west later) and I heard a Greenshank calling. A female Hen Harrier appeared briefly, flying west through the saltmarsh.
I could hear the odd chack of Ring Ouzels now and then and after a while 3 Ring Ouzels flew west off over towards Scolt Head. I suspected they'd come up from the Sibe Thrush bushes from where another 2 Ring Ouzels headed off towards the east dunes. There were still 2 Ring Ouzels there when I started headed off to the east dunes myself. The first of 15 Wheatears were also near Gun Hill.
Ring Ouzels, Burnham Overy, 20th April
Stonechat, Burnham Overy, 20th April
As I walked through the dunes it became apparent that the vis mig I'd hoped for had now started, but it's hard to get a handle on what's happening in the east dunes - birds are moving on too broad a front here and you don't get a good view across the whole front. There didn't seem to be vast numbers but a reasonable passage of Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, the odd Yellow Wagtail (I had 5 in the end) and Swallow. I also had 3 Tree Pipits move through and noticed several Redpolls (most heard only so hard to know how many - at least 12).
From one vantage point in the east dunes I could see a group of at least 7 Ring Ouzels one way and 3 Ring Ouzels another way. Later on the seven moved round and I walked through finding another 2 Ring Ouzels. Allowing for the possibility that the two from Gun Hill were among the ones I saw in the east dunes I must have seen at least 17 Ring Ouzels this morning - one of my best counts ever.
One of the Holkham Great White Egrets was on view for a while and a pair of adult Mediterranean Gulls flew over.
Whimbrel, Burnham Overy, 20th April
Nothing much to report from the rest of the day which included Blakeney Friary Hills (nothing better than a Lesser Whitethroat) and local patches.