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Sunday 16th August 2015

A hot and sunny day, with some activity on the sea including 500 Common Scoters, a Gannet, 5 Great Crested Grebes, and a Little Tern. NWT counts at high tide included an amazing 2,740 Sandwich Terns, 1,213 Common Terns, an adult Kittiwake and 3 Med Gulls, together with 2,210 Oystercatchers. There was on further sign of yesterday's Redstart, but Turtle Dove and Barn Owl were noted as was a kettle of 10 Common Buzzards and over 250 Swallows either gathering or passing through during the day. A single Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew over Wells this a/noon. NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Ringtail Harrier sp. Earsham GP 14:45 flew/W along River Waveney at Earsham Sculptural Trail
> Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Take small track off A149, go through first gate and view bushes opposite the next gate with yellow bucket mid-a/noon. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Burnham Overy at 14:40 in bushes at the start of the Dunes Boardwalk showing well. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew/N Wells Woods at 13:30. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew/W over High Kelling at 13:15.
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 3 Arctic Skua & 2 Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 26 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen + Spotted Redshank NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 19 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen this mrng. NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Possible Pomarine Skua flew/E past Sheringham between 06:00 & 08:00. + Velvet Scoter & Arctic Skua NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB today. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB today. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Little Gull Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 16:10 showing well near watchpoint. NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT flew past Dauke's this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT at 18:29. NR13 6HS TG358151
> Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT near visitor centre mid-a/noon but mobile. NR13 6HS TG358151
> Norfolk Osprey flew/W over Salthouse at 15:25 this a/noon at Little Eye. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Black Tern Holme NOA today. TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Adult Curlew Sandpiper Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this a/noon. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape this mrng. + Little Stint NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Black Tern Snettisham RSPB this mrng. + Curlew Sandpiper TF650328