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Sunday 3rd April 2016

A good day with plenty of visual migration. Highlights were a Bar-headed Goose and 14 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh with Greylags, a Red Kite, 8 Marsh Harriers, 3 Sparrowhawks and 2 Buzzards, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Terns offshore, a Barn Owl, a Peregrine, a Firecrest around the back of the pines which showed well at times, 6+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows, 25+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2+ Blackcaps, 3 Wheatears, 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Pied Wagtails and 2 White Wagtails, a male Brambling, 9+ Redpolls, and 20 Siskins.

At Walsey there was no sign of the Firecrest today which had seemingly moved on, otherwise birds remained much the same around the reserve with up to 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warblers singing and good numbers of Chiffchaff singing and feeding up around the site. Elsewhere at least 2 Siskin were in the pines, a single Swallow flew through low to the east and a Little Ringed Plover flew north towards Cley Marshes over the Hangs mid-morning. A fairly steady westward passage of Meadow Pipits was noted to the south of the reserve throughout the morning.

One of several newly arrived Willow Warblers actively feeding at the reserve entrance - Walsey Hills, April 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Fen Hide briefly at 15:15 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Fen Hide but mobile NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB late mrng NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk White Stork Great Yarmouth on A47 roosting on top of telegraph post 3.2km W/of Great Yarmouth this evng NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Great White Egret Hockwood Washes + 3 Garganey IP26 4LQ TL727882
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at NT gate by bend in sea wall
> Norfolk Spoonbill Sheringham flew W/ this mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435