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Saturday 29th August 2015

On the sea today 20 Common Scoters, 30 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Arctic  Skuas, a Great Skua, 280 Sandwich Terns, and 250 Common Terns were counted. Also of note were a Turtle Dove, and a Garden Warbler.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Bluethroat Winterton North Dunes at 18:05 at SE pool NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Male Bluethroat Winterton North Dunes at SE pool late a/noon but elusive NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 19 Spoonbill Stiffkey this a/noon. NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 15:50 on bushes by pond. NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Male Bluethroat Winterton North Dunes at 14:57 on SE pool NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Juvenile Montagu's Harrier SE/of Pulham St.Mary at 12:30
> Norfolk Juvenile Honey Buzzard S/over West Somerton at 11:50
> Norfolk 1st Summer Caspian Gull North Waltham in nearby fields
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 08:30 on fence behind pool + 2 Wood Sandpiper NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 2 Whinchat Winterton North Dunes this a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 4 Wood Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT this a/noon. NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 2 Whinchat Titchwell RSPB in grazing meadow. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 4 Whinchat Burnham Overy Staithe + Little Gull
> Norfolk Osprey Bawburgh Lakes today.
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Winterton North Dunes late mrng. + 2 Redstart & 4 Whinchat NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Breydon Water RSPB + 2 JUV Curlew Sandpiper & JUV Arctic Tern NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Winterton South Dunes by public steps. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 3 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh + 14 Little Stint & 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436