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Friday 23rd September 2016

With winds increasing from the south west there was less visible migrant activity today, however there was still plenty of interest, including 9 Pintail, 860 Common and a single Velvet Scoter on the sea, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 42 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 55 Sandwich Terns, Common and Green Sandpipers and Greenshank on the grazing marsh, a Swift past the Observatory in the morning was a late record, Hobby and Peregrine were noted and 5 Buzzards were seen drifting south west, while 3 Bearded Tits were around the Broadwater, 5 Whinchats and a Wheatear were near the corner of Thornham Bank, and 3 Stonechats were also of interest. A single Grey Wagtail was also recorded.

Norfolk News from Birdnet Norfolk Possible Pallid Harrier S/over Walsey Hills NOA 11:05 - 11:1:10 + 2 Honey Buzzard thru S/ NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods this mrng + 2 Pied Flycatcher NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham + 2 Pied Flycatcher NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens early evng at N/end of Garden Drove with Tit flock NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Bump at 16:15 on S/side but elusive NR26 8DB TG167432 Norfolk Caspian Gull W/past Weybourne Camp this mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes E/of boardwalk this a/noon + Whinchat PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Bump at 12:45 near the dell + Redstart NR26 8DB TG167432
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 12:25 near start of Meadow Trail + 2 Whinchat on East Trail & 3 Curlew Sandpiper on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 30 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen late mrng NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 11:10 from Washington Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens 10:50 at N/end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 08:20 on W/side of The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at 10:20 300yds W/of Lady Anns's Drive with tit flock
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 10:25 from Washington Hide + Yellow-browed Warbler in wood with tit flock NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Mundesley by clifftop path at Mundesley Holiday Village then flew off