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Sunday 10th April 2016

A fine and sunny day with many highlights including 200 Common Scoters, a female Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Crested Grebe and 2 Sandwich Terns noted. A Red Kite drifted through and a Peregrine struck a Woodpigeon over the grazing marsh mid morning. Waders included a Ruff on the NWT pools, 2 Greenshank, and 2 Black-tailed Godwits. At least 2 Firecrests were still on the reserve during the morning but elusive. Other birds of interest included 10 Sand Martins, 14 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers, a Black Redstart and 2 Redstarts, 6+ Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails, and 2 Tree Pipits over the Golf Course.

Highlights from Walsey included a trickle of Swallows heading west, 4 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 4 Bullfinches on the reserve; a Greenshank was heard nearby and a Red Kite was seen over the East Bank. A smart adult Green Sandpiper was on the main pools at Cley NWT and 4 Little Ringed Plover were on the Serpentine.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 16:35 by sluice ob river NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB near Tower Hide at 13:30 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:10 briefly by Lankford Run NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:10 briefly by Lankford Run NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:10 briefly by Lankford Run NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 08:00 by river NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Breydon Water RSPB at 15:05 on N/side NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 12:45 NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 4 Common Crane Winterton North Dunes briefly before flying out to sea NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Berney Marshes RSPB + Short-eared Owl NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk No Sign of Hoopoe Burnham Thorpe