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Sunday 4th December 2016

Highlights were on the sea today with an Eider, 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Goldeneye, 18 Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, a Fulmar, 23 Great Crested Grebes, and 2 Slavonian Grebes all recorded. A Tawny Owl was in pines near the Observatory.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes between the E/of N/end of boardwalk & Gun Hill 15:00 PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Snettisham Coastal Park early a/noon at N/end TF648335
Norfolk 24 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from the riverbank NR13 4HW TG351056 Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Salthouse flew Ealong beach at 14:00 NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 20 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from riverbank at midday NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh mid a/noon NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB in stubble field SE/of Choseley drying barns at 12:35 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB late mrng in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance track NR14 7DF TG305064
Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh at 10:30 Norfolk 7 Shorelark Salthouse near Little Eye briefly then flew/W NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance track at 09:40 NR14 7DF TG305064
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Holme Dunes NWT offshore + 2 Slavonian Grebe & 7 Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Hen Harrier 2mls NE/of Chedgrave Langley Marsh
Norfolk 30 Waxwing Bowthorpe on Charles Watling Way off Barnard Rd at 15:30
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Reported Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier Stubb Mill in the roost this evng NR12 0BW TG437220
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on grazing marsh late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens this a/noon + 9 Twite NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Stiffkey off c'park at 15:30 NR23 1QL TF975431
Norfolk 35 Snow Bunting Salthouse NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier Horsey late a/noon NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Haddiscoe Island late a'noon TG457011
Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB from Fen Hide at 13:35 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill at 11:45 NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk 3 Hawfinch Stanton Warren opposite ride.24 this mrng
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier flew S/over Somerton Rd Winterton-on-Sea
Norfolk 3 Black-throated Diver Holme next the Sea offshore late mrng + Puffin flew past
Norfolk Black-throated Diver offshore Holme next the Sea at 11:30 + Slavonian Grebe & 4 Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 4 Scaup on sea at Titchwell RSPB + 5 Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe & Snow Bunting PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Martham Broad NR29 4DJ TG459202
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Black Redstart Wymondham at the Abbey by small tower at 10:15 TQ112013 TQ112013 Norfolk 8 Long-tailed Duck Heacham at South Beach on sea at 09:45 PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk 58 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 45 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on the sea + 23 Velvet Scoter, Scaup, Great Northern Diver & Water Pipit on drained pool PE31 8BB TF759436