Monday 15th January 2018

A single Waxwing was still in the area of the Richardson hide for much of the day.

A ringed Mistle Thrush photographed at Drove Orchards yesterday has proved to be 9 years old!! Two photos of the bird by Les Bunyan below (taken 14th Jan 2018), together with the original ringing photo on 12th January 2010 (bottom).





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Norfolk Waxwing Thornham still at Drove Orchards Farm Shop by car park at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 11am +showing well
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea at 10.40am
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 11am +showing well
Norfolk 16.Twite Thornham Harbour still west of car park
Norfolk Little Stint reported on Saturday SE of Downham Market at Wissington beet factory
Norfolk Hen Harrier y'day Roydon Common
Norfolk 10.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Cantley beet factory
Norfolk 1+Water Pipit y'day Breydon Water +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Thorpe-next Haddiscoe Marsh

Sunday 14th January 2018

The Waxwing at the Observatory reappeared late afternoon, and one remained at Drove Orchards during the day. On the sea 5 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 15 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 30+ Great Crested Grebes, A Red-necked and a Slavonian Grebe were all noted. A Merlin was hunting the grazing marshes and 20 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour. A flock of 42 Barnacle Geese flew past east at about 10am, and 2 Whooper Swans passed heading west.

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Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still mid a'noon Waxham c200yds SE of Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach this morning +4.Russian White-fronted Geese flew past
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 1.50pm on golf course viewed from road
Norfolk Black Redstart male still this a'noon Sheringham on seafront near cafe. 3.Purple Sands still by Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk 2.Twite Kelling c50yds north of A149 in field by Meadow Lane +2.Mealy Redpolls
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still early a'noon c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk possible White-billed Diver Thornham Point on sea at 12.15pm then flew east
Norfolk 4+Great Northern Divers Thornham Point offshore
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham c200yds SE of Shangri-la chalet at 11.45am tho elusive TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Thornham Point still late morning offshore +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew south over Choseley Drying Barns at 11.30am
Norfolk 1+Water Pipit Berney Marshes RSPB +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point offshore. 12.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point offshore. 12.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham Bay on sea east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk no news on Coues's Arctic Redpolls 1ml west of Holt +just south of Letheringsett
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh still in fields east of Lady Ann's Drive with Dark bellied Brent Geese NR23 1RJ
Norfolk Black Redstart male still Sheringham on seafront between orange diggers +Sheringham West Lifeguard Station
Norfolk 90.Snow Buntings Salthouse just east of Gramborough Hill still 10.40am
Norfolk 9+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course practice green from coast path
Norfolk Waxwing Thornham again at Drove Orchards Farm Shop (+20.Twite still in harbour)
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese flew east over Breydon Water mid morning
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Hunstanton on sea from boat ramp
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site in car park at 8.40am. 28.Parrot Crossbills flew over river at 8am TL.821.879 IP27 0TT

Saturday 13th January 2018

At least one Waxwing was still present on the NOA reserve during the day, with a female Blackcap also noted. A Peregrine was hunting during the morning, and on the sea a Gannet, 2 Eiders, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Divers and a Bonxie were also of interest. A Tawny Owl was calling near the viewing platform.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew east over Titchwell RSPB at 8.30am (+Water Pipit still on freshmarsh. Great Northern Diver still offshore +11.Long-tailed Ducks still)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still 11am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 2.35pm Waxham 100yds SE of Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Thornham till 1.40pm at Drove Orchards Farm Shop then flew west
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Thornham still 1.30pm at Drove Orchards Farm Shop
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes c1/2ml south of Horsey Mill in field
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore still 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still
Norfolk Black Brant Titchwell RSPB in cereal field opposite entrance with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Waxwing Holme NOA still in silver birch at 11.43am
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Norwich flew over Dereham Road/ Alexandra Road junction early a'noon
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Hunstanton South Beach on groynes by boat ramp
Norfolk Black Redstart male Sheringham on seafront between orange diggers +Sheringham West Lifeguard Station this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Winterton
Norfolk 20+Twite Thornham harbour still midday
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett (+2+Mealy Redpolls). From A148 take Riverside Road signed Letheringsett Mill +park on verge just before ford +view from start of track cTG.062.383
Norfolk Black Brant ad between Cley +Blakeney still south of footpath with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Snow Bunting fem Happisburgh on cliff path by pillbox near lighthouse at 11am
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Thornham still 11.54am at Drove Orchards Farm Shop on telegraph pole viewed from car park
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh again 11.50am
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Thornham still 11.08am at Drove Orchards Farm Shop
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore still +8.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 4+Mealy Redpolls Wiveton on garden feeders
Norfolk Hen Harrier Breydon Water +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Blakeney in outer harbour viewed from Stiffkey boat store at 9.05am tho distant +Scaup
Norfolk 19.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still 10am at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site TL.821.879 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide +79.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide +79.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Purple Sand Sea Palling opposite lifeboat station
Norfolk 26.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site TL.821.879 IP27 0TT
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham at Shangri-la chalet at 9.30am TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap on saltings at 8.40am
Norfolk no news on Hume's Warbler Waxham
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Thornham still at Drove Orchards Farm Shop car park at 9.15am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on beach off golf course
Norfolk no sign of any Coues's Arctic Redpolls 1ml west of Holt +just south of Letheringsett. From A148 take Riverside Road signed Letheringsett Mill +park on verge just before ford +view from start of track cTG.062.383
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (ad +1w) ENE of Docking in arable fields between Burnham Road +B1155 Docking Road
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 8.17am +showing well
Norfolk 1+Waxwing Thornham still at Drove Orchards Farm Shop at 8.10am

Friday 12th January 2018

On the sea today 9 Red-throated Divers, 5 Eiders, and 9 Great Crested Grebes were of note, while around the reserves 150 Fieldfares, 2 Stonechats, and 2 Waxwings were recorded. A further 3 Waxwings were at Drove Orchards near the Farm Shop. At Thornham Harbour 23 Twite were still present, and a Kingfisher was also seen.


Waxwing at Drove Orchards by Steve Newman


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Norfolk 5.Parrot Crossbills (2.males) still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren near St.Helen's Picnic Site at 11.30am TL.821.879 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley flew past East Bank this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Thornham still 2pm at Drove Orchards Farm Shop
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Thornham at Drove Orchards Farm Shop this morning then 1.taken by Sparrowhawk
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 1.55pm Waxham at Shangri-la chalet along footpath tho mobile TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Waxwing Thornham still at Drove Orchards Farm Shop on telegraph pole at 1.25pm
Norfolk 23.Twite Thornham Point 200yds west along path from car park at 11am
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap just beyond beach access
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore still 12.45pm
Norfolk Waxwing flew north over How Hill Staithe at 12.35pm
Norfolk no sign of any Coues's Arctic Redpolls Cromer on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course this morning. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along rd to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham 100yds east of Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett at 10.55am. From A148 take Riverside Road signed Letheringsett Mill +park on verge just before ford +view from start of track cTG.062.383
Norfolk Waxwing Sheringham in garden
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad c1ml WSW of Docking along Fring road at 9.45am with 1,340.Pink-footed Geese +Barnacle Goose. 67.Barnacle Geese flew north over field at 9.5am with 20.Pink-footed Geese TF.750.363
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Happisburgh still in field south of lighthouse at 9.20am TG.385.306
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +8.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh 400yds east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits y'day 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS

Thursday 11th January 2018

Another foggy day, occasional clear patches revealed good numbers of Wigeon and Teal on the grazing Marsh, at least a thousand birds, plus 800 Lapwing and 300 Golden Plover. A single Avocet around the Broadwater was unusual for this time of year.

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Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ludham still viewed from near Cold Harbour Farm +11.Whooper Swans
Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml west of Holkham village viewed from A149 at 1pm. 14.Twite Thornham harbour
Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml west of Holkham village viewed from A149 at 1pm. 14.Twite Thornham harbour
Norfolk 19.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren near St.Helen's Picnic Site car park in riverside willows between road bridge +footbridge at 1pm TL.821.879 IP27 0TT
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 12.40pm Waxham south of Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still midday Waxham opposite Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipes Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at 8.20am
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap 1/2ml from end of boardwalk by dunes
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks Happisburgh still in field by lighthouse TG.385.306
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett 50yds up track from ford late morning cTG.062.383
Norfolk 3.Smew (all redheads) Tottenhill GPs on pit at 11.10am
Norfolk Waxwing Holkham Pines circled over west end at 10.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham opposite Shangri-la chalet at 9.55am TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Iceland Gull reported on Tuesday NW of Docking in pig field by Ringstead Road (+4.Caspian Gulls (ad 3w 2.1w) reported)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett 50yds up track from ford cTG.062.383
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on beach off golf course
Norfolk Hawfinch Felbrigg Hall NT still behind hall at 8.10am

Wednesday 10th January 2018

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Norfolk 40.Bewick's Swans Ludham viewed from near Cold Harbour Farm +3.Whooper Swans
Norfolk Shorelark y'day Snettisham RSPB still on tideline
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett in weeds +alders near River Glaven
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Salthouse at Gramborough Hill still 1.15pm
Norfolk c60.Snow Buntings Salthouse at Gramborough Hill still
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Snettisham Coastal Park on tideline north of crossbank
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still this a'noon in conifers behind paddock
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Waxham
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham near concrete block beyond Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Hen Harrier Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still by orangery tea rooms
Norfolk no news on Hume's Warbler Waxham at Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Happisburgh still in large field just east of lighthouse at 9am TG.385.306
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS (1.male) Cromer still on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along rd to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk 17.Twite still Thornham Harbour by sea wall 200yds beyond car park at 9.13am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course near maintenance yard at 8.25am
Norfolk 7.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in conifers behind paddock

Tuesday 9th January 2018

An interesting morning around the reserve, with a ringtail Hen Harrier present over Redwell Marsh and the west end of the NWT in the morning, several hundred Fieldfare in the area/arriving before moving off west and 3 Whooper Swans moving west. Other interest included good numbers of Lapwings, 5 Stonechats and at least 15 Twite in the Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Holme over marsh this morning
Norfolk 31.Snow Buntings Happisburgh in large field south of lighthouse at 3.30pm
Norfolk 30.Twite reported Cley NWT on shingle at 12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Parrot Crossbills (1.male) still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren along river west of St.Helen's Picnic Site car park briefly this a'noon TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk 2.Waxwings (both ads) y'day Burnham Overy Staithe
Norfolk 16.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore this morning +2.Little Gulls
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS (1.male) Cromer still on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course at c3.10pm (+1+Mealy Redpoll). Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along rd to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh mid a'noon +46.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 2.15pm on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Happisburgh in large field south of lighthouse mid a'noon tho elusive +2.Lapland Buntings (+21.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 88.Snow Buntings Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on beach this morning
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 1.44pm Waxham at Shangri-la chalet in garden tho elusive TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Dark-bellied Brent Goose Welney WWT from visitor centre
Norfolk no sign of any Coues's Arctic Redpolls Cromer on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course by 11.40am. Park on rd by club house +walk 1/2ml east along rd to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still at east end of golf course at 11.40am
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Happisburgh in field by lighthouse this morning +Lapland Bunting (+3.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB from mill
Norfolk 80.Snow Buntings Salthouse still by flood at Gramborough Hill at 11am
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh by River Yare at 11.20am
Norfolk Waxwing 2mls west of Norwich at University of East Anglia flew west over car park at 9.07am
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap at 10.49am
Norfolk 15.Twite still Thornham Harbour by sea wall 200yds beyond car park at 8am
Norfolk Waxwing New Costessey in garden at 9.33am then flew off
Norfolk Purple Sand Overstrand on groynes opposite beach huts
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham at Shangri-la chalet in garden at 9.23am TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Sidestrand in field east of Hungry Hill Nursery

Monday 8th January 2018

Seawatching produced an Eider, 7 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebes, a Razorbill and 7 Guillemots. On the grazing marshes 250 Golden Plover and 2 Ruff were of note, while around the reserve over 100 Fieldfares were feeding on the buckthorn.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Thetford on SW side off London Road on roof at Burrell Way
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male flew east over Holkham Freshmarsh this a'noon
Norfolk 3+Twite still Thornham Harbour in ditch near black barn
Norfolk 12+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 1.30pm Waxham 200yds north of Shangri-la chalet NR12 0DY
Norfolk Waxwing flew south over North Creake at 12.45pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in field north of windmill at 12.55pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose still)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still midday at east end of golf course (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv WSW of Norwich still 12.20pm at Earlham Marsh
Norfolk Waxwing Holkham Pines flew over west end this a'noon [heard only]
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still early a'noon Waxham at Shangri-la chalet tho elusive TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL near Holt still in an area with no general access
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 11.45am
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh 2/3ml east of Holkham Gap at 11.15am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv WSW of Norwich still 11.21am at Earlham Marsh
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Bodham at 9am in an area with no general access (+2.Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Cromer still on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course at 10.40am tho elusive (+2.Mealy Redpolls). Park on rd by club house +walk 1/2ml east along rd to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course early morning tho elusive
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh at 10.31am
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham 100yds SE of Shangri-la chalet from path on west side of dunes at 9am TG.441.263 NR12 0DY

Sunday 7th January 2018

Seawatching today produced one Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 27 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, a Fulmar, 13 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Razorbills, 5 Guillemots and 64 unidentified auks flying offshore. A Woodcock was in the pines during the afternoon and a female Blackcap was seen from the hides, with 160 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 2 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Snipe and 250 Golden Plover also recorded during the day. 18 Twite were at Thorham Harbour.

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Norfolk Bittern Glandford near Natural Surroundings flew over reeds near River Glaven at 12.45pm
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh c1/4ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Holkham Freshmarsh east of Lady Ann's Drive at 11.35am
Norfolk 10+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Great Northern Diver. Water Pipit Thornham Pool still
Norfolk 2+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 1.20pm
Norfolk Waxwing flew SW over Sheringham at 12.35pm
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS on Friday Cromer on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along road to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley NWT flew past beach car park this morning +Great Northern Diver 2.Snow Buntings
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Little Auk flew east over Breydon Water at 12.57pm (+9.Snow Buntings reported along South Wall)
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Breydon Water along South Wall at 12.55pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1w still midday Cromer on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along road to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk Smew redhead Tottenhill GPs at 12.50pm
Norfolk Waxwing flew over Ranworth at 11.45am
Norfolk 5.Mealy Redpolls 3/4ml south of Titchwell still at Choseley in set-aside crop west of road 1/4ml north of drying barns at 11.40am TF.757.425
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 10.50am on golf course
Norfolk Waxwing just south of Cromer on wires by road
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh viewed from Friary Hills NT at 10.20am
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still c10.50am Waxham at Shangri-la TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 10.15am Waxham at Shangri-la tho elusive TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 10.30am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1w Cromer still on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along road to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose 1w y'day Snettisham Coastal Park from east bank with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 14.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren c1/3ml north of St.Helen's Picnic Site car park then flew south TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham at Shangri-la in SW corner of garden at 8.15am TG.441.263 NR12 0DY

Saturday 6th January 2018

Both Barn Owl and Tawny Owl were noted today, and 40+ Fieldfares were in the pines during the afternoon. At least 4 Red-throated Divers and a female Common Scoter were seen offshore.

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Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 2.40pm Waxham in Shangri-la in ivy in garden tho mobile TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh c1/4ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1w Cromer still midday on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course +juv.Iceland Gull still. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along road to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still c12.40pm Waxham 200yds north of Waxham Gap tho mobile +elusive
Norfolk 5.Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley in set-aside crop west of road 1/4ml north of drying barns TF.757.425
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still midday Waxham in Shangri-la garden tho mobile +elusive NR12 0DY TG.441.263
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth South Denes +Black Redstart briefly
Norfolk 12.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore +2+Little Gulls Great Northern Diver
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 11.45am Waxham in Shangri-la garden NR12 0DY TG.441.263
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham in Shangri-la garden (for 2nd day; not Y-br.Wblr) NR12 0DY TG.441.263
Norfolk 2.Parrot Crossbills still 10.30am 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in pines by St.Helen's Picnic Site car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Thetford still on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way
Norfolk 17.Twite Thornham harbour still 11.20am
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Bodham in area with no general access briefly 10.20am with 30+Lesser Redpolls
Norfolk 8.Bewick's Swans y'day Ingham south of Palling Road TG.405.264
Norfolk 27.Bewick's Swans SE of Downham Market at Wissington beet factory
Norfolk 2+Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls south of Titchwell still at Choseley in set-aside crop west of road 1/4ml north of drying barns at 10.45am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT flew from East Bank at 9.53am
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1w Cromer still on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course at 9.20am. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along road to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk 3+Hawfinches Santon Warren still tho mobile
Norfolk 9.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren near St.Helen's Picnic Site car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course viewed from road

Friday 5th January 2018

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Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap at 11.23am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh at 11.15am. Great Northern Diver offshore +Red-necked Grebe 4+Little Gulls 12+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still towards east end of golf course
Norfolk 4.Red-crested Pochards Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Purple Sands y'day Sheringham on rocks opposite pub at 9am at high tide

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

A windy day made for hard work from a birding perspective, highlights were at least a dozen Twite at Thornham Harbour, regularly coming to drink at the car park puddles and at least four Stonechat noted on the walk there.

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Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still west of paddock in zigzag covert at 2.10pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 2.05pm south of Eye Field with 650+Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 1.35pm on golf course viewable from footpath from Overstrand Hall
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 12.45pm on beach below golf course
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at car park by level crossing at 12.20pm TL.820.880
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT again south of beach car park in Eye Field at 11am with 650.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Salthouse still just east of Gramborough Hill at 10.45am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide still
Norfolk c55.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB in 1hr +2.Great Northern Divers 8.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course tho mobile

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

The only bird really of note today was an adult Med Gull at Gore Point early morning. Several thousand Pink-feet were on the grazing Marsh and on the sea there were at least 25 Red-throated Divers. A Stoat in full ermine was seen on the grass outside the observatory building during the morning.

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Norfolk 78+Snow Buntings Salthouse on east side of Gramborough Hill at 12.15pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey at Whirligig at 11.55am
Norfolk 10.Shorelarks Happisburgh
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Brancaster Staithe flew towards golf course late morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still +Jack Snipe
Norfolk 8+Parrot Crossbills still late morning 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren on track NE of railway crossing. Use St.Helen's Picnic Site car park TL.826.874 then walk NW for 2/3ml; don't park on road TL.820.881 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Great White Egret NNE of Wormegay by River Nar at High Bridge
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap at 10.34am
Norfolk 4.Bewick's Swans Catfield by old airfield hangar at 10.30am +7.Whooper Swan
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 10.15am on golf course near maintenance shed
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course viewed from footpath west of practice range tho distant
Norfolk 15+Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren flew over car park just NE of railway crossing. Use St.Helen's Picnic Site car park TL.826.874 then walk NW for 2/3ml; don't park on road TL.820.881 IP27 0TT

Monday 1st January 2018

Seawatching today produced a Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Red-throated Divers, 3 Fulmars, 25 Great Crested Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe, 2 Guillemots, 50 unidentified auks, and 2 Little Gulls. Two Stonechats were of note, the Peregrine was hunting the grazing marshes, a Barn Owl was hunting near the village, and 20 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 3.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks opposite Funky Mackerel cafe at 2.20pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Stiffkey south of A149 in cattle field 1ml west of Red Lion pub. Park on concrete by straw bales +follow track to wood
Norfolk 13+Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in car park near railway crossing this a'noon. Use St.Helen's Picnic Site car park then walk NW; don't park on road TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk 3+Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide. 20+Long-tailed Ducks on sea +Great Northern Diver Slav Grebe 3.Little Gulls
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits NW of Wells on flood just west of campsite TF.907.452
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Jack Snipe
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Salthouse at Little Eye on beach early a'noon
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 29.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Salthouse still at Little Eye at 10am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey on marsh at 8.25am then flew south
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 9.57am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer on golf course on fairway just north of Overstrand church. From Overstrand take footpath past practice green
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe 6.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Hawfinch Shotesham at bottom of common [heard only]
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap at 8.50am
Norfolk 20+Twite Thornham Harbour still 9.20am tho mobile

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Sunday 31st December 2017

A Black-throated Diver was on the sea this morning together with 9 Red-throated Divers, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 40 Common Scoters, 4 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot. The flock of 20 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour and a Merlin was hunting on the beach. The Tawny Owl was heard from the pines during the afternoon.

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Norfolk c12.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth at north end of beach at 2.23pmNorfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum east of paddock at 2.15pm then flew south
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Acle on north side of Acle Straight opposite Stokesby at 1.40pm with Mute Swans
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Salthouse still at Little Eye at 1.29pm
Norfolk probable Parrot Crossbill fem c1ml NW of Horsford at Houghen Plantation with Crossbills
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Waxwing flew over Buckenham Marshes RSPB towards Cantley
Norfolk 20.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh south of River Yare at 11.53am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh still in fields east of Lady Ann's Drive at 10.17am with Dark bellied Brent Geese NR23 1RJ
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich till 9.25am at Colney GPs then flew towards Earlham Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich again at Colney GPs
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day Weybourne then flew west

Saturday 30th December 2017

A Red Kite drifted east over the ridge mid afternoon, and a Tawny Owl was hooting from the pines, while a Cetti's Warbler was along Broadwater Road near the river Hun, and 4 Bearded Tits were seen near the sea wall at Thornham. 19 Twite were in Thornham Harbour. A Stonechat was along the east bank.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still from Washington Hide at 12.50pm
Norfolk 9.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore this morning +Velvet Scoter. 3.Spotted Redshanks on tidal pool
Norfolk Waxwing Wells Woods along main track near boating lake at 11.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret north of Wymondham sewage works till 11.40am then flew north towards Kimberley Hall
Norfolk 19.Twite Thornham still by harbour car park at 11am
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide +showing well
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets north of Wymondham sewage works: 1.flew towards town
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still 10.10am Holkham Bay on saltmarsh c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Great White Egret north of Wymondham sewage works in stubble field by River Tiffey
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret south of Blackborough End along River Nar flew west towards West Bilney

Friday 29th December 2017

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Norfolk Great White Egret Bawburgh in flooded field between village +A47
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh still at south end of Lady Ann's Drive at 1.30pm with Dark bellied Brent Geese NR23 1RJ
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Park Lake still 11.50am
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull juv Gorleston east of river mouth at 9.40am
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap

Thursday 28th December 2017

A cold but beautiful day, with seawatching producing single Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a first winter Little Gull and 8 Guillemots. 2 Stonechats were around the Observatory and a Water Pipit was reported from Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still 2.25pm Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach at 11am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT flew west over Billy's Wash late morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre at 10.25am
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 7.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter
Norfolk c80.Snow Buntings Eccles still at North Gap
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Sheringham still on golf course west of hill
Norfolk 19.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 2.Glaucous Gulls (both juvs) flew west past Overstrand: 1.at 8.17am, 1.at 9am

Wednesday 27th December 2017


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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east Sheringham at 8.35am (+2.Purple Sands +Manx S'water flew east)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM NOA

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The Observatory will be closed between 24th and 26th December, normal service resuming on Wednesday 27th December.

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Eight Red-breasted Mergansers were seen offshore, and a ring-tail Hen Harrier and a Peregrine were hunting over the grazing marshes.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail NE of Wells at Lodge Marsh
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Thornham Point (18.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB +Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter +7.Snow Buntings flew west)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Thornham Point (18.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB +Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter +7.Snow Buntings flew west)
Norfolk c11.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field from Beach car park at 9.05am with 500.Dark-bellied Brent Geese

Friday 22nd December 2017

30 Twite were in Thornham Harbour, a drake Goosander was in Thornham Channel, 2 Blackcaps were on the reserve, and on the sea 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Crested Grebes and 40 Common Scoters were seen.

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Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field from Beach car park at 1.33pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still
Norfolk c80.Snow Buntings Eccles at North Gap
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore +19.Long-tailed Ducks Slav Grebe. 2.Spotted Redshanks on tidal pool

Thursday 21st December 2017

A female Blackcap was near the Dell Hide, and 20 Twite were at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still on rocks near museum +showing well

Wednesday 20th December 2017

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Norfolk 10.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Norwich at Eaton Park at 3pm then flew NW
Norfolk Water Pipit Rockland St.Mary flew west over Claxton Marshes
Norfolk 17.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter. Spotted Reshank on Tidal Pool. 2.Water Pipits on freshmarsh
Norfolk 50.Snow Buntings still Salthouse flew west over north end of Beach Road at 11.30am
Norfolk Black Brant ad 1/2ml SE of Cley in field SE of Old Woman's Lane at 10.50am with 1,000.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk little Gull ad Salthouse on duckpond at 10.30am
Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Sheringham still on rocks opposite Funky Mackerel cafe

Tuesday 19th December 2017

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Norflk 10.Shorelark still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 13.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings y'day Cley in beach car park

Monday 18th December 2017

A Kingfisher was near the Broadwater this afternoon, a pair of Bearded Tits were along the sea wall to Thornham, at least 4 Stonechats were along the east bank and 20 Twite were at the compound. A pair of Blackcaps were near the dell hide.

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Norfolk 20.Twite still Thornham Harbour 1/2ml west of car park
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew east 1ml east of Wells at 11.20am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Thetford again on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way early a'noon
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still tho distant
Norfolk 4+Hawfinches East Wretham Heath still in hornbeams off drove road

Sunday 17th December 2017

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Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh still by Lady Ann's Drive this a'noon with Dark bellied Brent Geese NR23 1RJ
Norfolk 9+Snow Buntings Gorleston late morning
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Titchwell RSPB by entrance track
Norfolk 5+Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Cley NWT off East Bank mid morning +ringtail.Hen Harrier 5.Bewick's Swans flew west
Norfolk 4.Whooper Swans 2mls SW of Sheringham flew south over West Beckham at 10am
Norfolk Waxwing Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 8.18am
Norfolk c20.Snow Buntings y'day Great Yarmouth South Denes

Saturday 16th December 2017

A Merlin was hunting during the day and a Chiffchaff was ringed. A group of 16 Twite were at the corner of Thornham sea wall, and at least 2 Stonechats were around the Observatory.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male between Burnham Norton +Scolt Head at 1.50pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way briefly early a'noon
Norfolk 18.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still flew to fields on Hassingham side of railway at 11.21am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on tidal pool +2.Spotted Redshanks

Friday 15th December 2017

On the sea today Great Northern and Red-throated Divers were recorded, 2 Stonechats were around the Observatory and 20 Twite were in Thornham Harbour

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey south of windpump. 49.Bewick's Swans south of Ludham by track to St.Benet's Abbey
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey south of windpump. 49.Bewick's Swans south of Ludham by track to St.Benet's Abbey
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide at 12.35pm
Norfolk c20.Twite still Thornham Harbour at car park at 10.41am