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Thursday 23rd March 2017

On the sea today 15 Long-tailed Ducks and 12 Common Scoters were the highlights, while a Water Rail was in the reeds near the Hun sluice and 2 Cetti's Warblers and 6+ Chiffchaffs were calling and singing in the area.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Sedge Warbler Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:25 Norfolk Tree Pipit Cley next the Sea at Eend of East Bank near disabled hide at 08:20 then flew/W NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field at 18:15 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Common Crane N/over Breydon Water at 10:35 + Short-eared Owl NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field just S/of church at 11:29 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Norwich W/over cathedral at 09:58 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike just NE/of Sparham Pools by barn NR9 5QY TG075178
Norfolk 3 Woodlark Happisburgh in fields by coastal watchpoint + 14 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT & 3 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk 15 Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NNR offshore
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course mid a/noon just W/of Skelding Hill. Keep to footpaths NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at 13:45 at N/nd at Ken Hill on pool viewable from inner sea wall but elusive TF648335
Norfolk Drake Garganey Salthouse at 12:45 W/of Iron Road at rear of main pool NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Haddiscoe Marshes at Haddiscoe Bridge + Common Crane NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course in gorse just W/of coastguard lookout but elusive. Keep to footpath Norfolk Garganey Salthouse at 07:00 from Iron Road NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park TF648335
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill viewable from inner sea wall at 07:30 TF648335