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Thursday 4th February 2016

25 Twite were at Thornham Harbour this morning and a Peregrine was dive-bombing a female Marsh Harrier over the grazing marsh. 2 Stonechats were around the east bank and a drake Goldeneye was at Gore Point. On the sea a minor passage of Kittiwakes was of note with 45 past in 30 minutes, and 4 Red-throated Divers also noted.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
 Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR at dusk + 5 Hen Harrier PE32 1AT TF680229
 Norfolk Sperm Whale Old Hunstanton at 16:15 just N/of Golf Clubhouse PE36 5AH TF672409
 Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier 4mls ENE/of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at 16:08 on   post PE32 1AT TF680229
 Norfolk Sperm Whale Hunstanton stranded on beach at 10:55 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Spoonbill E/over Warham Greens at 17:00 + 5 Hen Harrier (Male + 4 Ringtail) NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard W/of Titchwell RSPB over Thornham Marsh at 15:05 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Caspian Gull Blackborough End Tip .Access resticted to NarVOS members only, non members view from public right of way PE32 1SF TF667149
Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh this a/noon showing well. Go thru gate on sea wall by bend to view base of fence after 50yds
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth at Beaconsfield Recreational Park this mrng NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at 12:30 at N/end of lake + 2 Drake Scaup NR23 1QE TF950455
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh viewable from A149 but distant NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard SSE/of Titchwell 1/2ml E/of Choseley Drying Barns E/of barns, E/of Chalkpit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill + Slavonian Grebe in channel PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park on lake at N/end + Scaup & hybrid drake Ferruginous Duck x Pochard NR23 1QE TF950455