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Saturday 15th August 2015

Common Redstart along the East Bank - Holme Bird Obs, 15th August 2015 © Dave Nurney

This female/immature Redstart was viewable along the east bank much of the day. Other migrants included 6 Whimbrel, a Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank, a juvenile Cuckoo, and 2 Willow Warblers.
A north-westerly produced some good seawatching including 5 Eiders, 510 Common Scoters, 8 Fulmars, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 41 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 10 Arctic Skuas, 5 Bonxies, a Kittiwake, 2 Med Gulls, 283 Sandwich Terns and 47 Common Terns. A Black Tern and 4 Arctic Terns also flew past the NWT during the morning.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Winterton Dunes NNR in North Dunes 100m/S of concrete blocks. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Burnham Overy at 13:30 in Apple Tree at the start of the Dunes Boardwalk. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT in flight at S/of Arnold's Marsh at 15:15 + Spotted Redshank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Whinchat Burnham Norton at 12:25. PE31 8DS TF828441
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Holkham Pines + Redstart in the dunes.
> Norfolk Adult Curlew Sandpiper Cley NWT on Simmonds Scrape + Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper & Little Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Bittern Weybourne flew/W over camp 09:25. NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk 2 Sooty Shearwater flew/W past Cley NWT at 10:18. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water + No Sign of Possible White-winged Black Tern NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT + Purple Sandpiper on North Scrape this mrng. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Whinchat Beeston Bump NR26 8DB TG167432
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this mrng. + 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436