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Monday 4th January 2016

A sunny and pleasant start to the day, with birds of note from a local perspective at least included an exceptionally high count of 36 Pochard (5 females) on the broadwater, the pair of Stonechats still around the observatory and a Chiffchaff trapped and ringed. On the sea birds seen included four Long-tailed Duck, four Velvet Scoter, three Gannets, and single Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver. The three Shorelarks remained in the mouth of Thornham Harbour with around 23 Twite still present in the harbour itself.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB on mudflats + 3 Spotted Redshank & Short-eared Owl NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk No Sign of Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham around Abbey Farm at 11:40 PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Reported Burgh Castle on far bank by Berney Arms TG476049
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns flew S/from Chalkpit Road to trees at 15:45 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT from Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 2 Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB at 14:55 TG378039
> Norfolk 8 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB today NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11:15 in NW/corner + 11 Twite
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT 11:19 at E/end of beach by Thornham Harbour mouth
> Norfolk 23 Shorelark W/of Holkham Gap at 10:38 walk N/on left path from Lady Ann's Drive to view dunes