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Tuesday 1st November 2106

With the wind from the North attention turned to the sea, with  an hours sea watch producing a count of 106 Gannet, 11 Great  and 3 Arctic Skuas, which was somewhat quieter than hoped. On the Broadwater there were four Goldeneye and a Kingfisher at the western end, and at least six Twite were along the seawall towards Thornham Harbour.

Two of the four Goldeneye on the Broadwater -Holme Obs, Novemeber 2106
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Little Auk flew W/past Sheringham 15:35 + Scaup NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham + 15 Pomarine Skua, 6 Sooty Shearwater & Arctic Tern, 250 Bonxie's & 20 Arctic Skua NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 20 Pomarine Skua flew past Cley next the Sea + Red-necked Grebe & 10 Scaup NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Little Auk flew W/past Cley next the Sea at 14:40 + Long-tailed Skua & 16 Pomarine Skua NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Sabine's Gull flew E/past Cley next the Sea + 6 Pomarine Skua & 2 Sooty Shearwater NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew E/past Sheringham + 2 Sooty Shearwater & 2 Manx Shearwater NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew E/past Cley next the Sea at 10:40 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on North Beach
Norfolk 2 Puffin Hopton-on-Sea flew S/past + Scaup & Snow Bunting flew/N NR31 9SE TM535997 Norfolk Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill at 13:15 NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB flew W/offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Hunstanton in tall tree between Nelson Drive/Evans Gardens at 13:15 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter flew past Sidestrand this mrng NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham on drained pool PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 4 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 5 Velvet Scoter flew W/past Cley next the Sea + Great Northern Diver & Long-tailed Duck NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter flew W/past Overstrand at 07:34 NR27 0PF TG246410