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Friday 21st April 2017 - NOA News and county report from Rare Bird Alert

Another grey and cool day, with highlights including 8 Pinkfeet still on the grazing marsh, a Spoonbill which flew past in both directions during the day and was feeding on the NWT pools, a Velvet Scoter, Great Crested Grebe and 7 Sandwich Terns offshore, 3 Ruff on the NWT, 8 Swallows, a House Martin, a Cetti's Warbler, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler briefly first thing, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers singing along Thornham Bank, a White Wagtail in the dunes, and 2 Yellow Wagtails on the grazing marshes with the cattle.

Another female Emperor hatched and in the moth traps a better catch included a V-Pug, a Red Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Cinnabar Moths, 2 Northern Drabs, 2 Hebrew Characters, 2 Muslins, and a Red Chestnut.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 3.50pm
Norfolk Bar-tailed Godwit Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre this a'noon
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint at 3pm (+Great White Egret still +2.Garganey)
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes by wire fence 300yds east of end of boardwalk at 9am
Norfolk 13.Waxwings NW of Norwich still at Longwater Retail Park at FCC Environment Ltd entrance at 11.45am
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets still Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton South Dunes
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Salthouse flew over Meadow Lane towards Gramborough Hill at 11am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton in South Valley [heard only]
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 10am Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner in willow viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape (3.Spoonbills Rush Hill Scrape)
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad in Heigham Corner +possibly viewable from Weavers' Way just west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad flew north over Ormesby Little Broad at 10.35am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT from East Bank at 10.30am then flew west +Russian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male West Runton in cattle field by car park at 8am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham in garden at 7.15am then flew west
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels reported flew west over West Runton
Norfolk Black Brant (or hybrid) y'day Snettisham RSPB on mud at 10.30am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 45.Velvet Scoters Titchwell RSPB on sea +Long-tailed Duck