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Sunday 17th September 2017

A better day with a northerly breeze and sunny spells, highlights today were a Great White Egret over east, a Water Rail in the reeds, single Golden Plover and Whimbrel, a Greenshank over calling, 2 Little Stints on the NWT pools, a Short-eared Owl over lavender marsh, a Kingfisher, Hobby and Peregrine were in the area and 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler were of note. A Redstart was near Redwell hide and 2 Whinchats and 6 Stonechats were also around the dunes area, with a Wheatear along the sea wall to Thornham. Two Siskins also flew over calling.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Painted Lady.

Wheatear at Thornham by Pete Bangs

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Norfolk Cattle Egret till 2.42pm east of Stiffkey in wet field then flew west
Norfolk Cattle Egret east of Stiffkey in wet field at 2.40pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 2.30pm on Simmonds' Scrape (+Spoonbill)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove at 2.20pm (+Hen Harrier on saltmarsh)
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 2.25pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 2pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Thornham at The Green along track to Thornham Marsh at 1.50pm
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 1.45pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines 50yds west of Lady Ann's Drive in poplars this morning
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Trimingham near coastal path on east side of small wood in middle of field this morning TG.274.391
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 12.30pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park +showing well
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 12.15pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park +showing well
Norfolk Wryneck y'day Blakeney Point at Halfway House (for 3rd day)
Norfolk LANCEOLATED WARBLER on Friday Blakeney Point
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham near radar
Norfolk Little Stint Holme Dunes NWT from 1st hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park at 11.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 11am on Simmonds' Scrape (+3.Little Stints)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still just west of The Dell at c10.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end at 9.45am (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB still on Volunteer Marsh at 9.25am
Norfolk no further sign of juv.Red-necked Phal Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 8.25am
Norfolk Black Redstart near Cockley Cley
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool at c7.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Thornham
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still on shingle 300yds east of coastguards at 7.20am