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Thursday 7th September 2017

On the sea 2 Eiders, 200 Common Scoters, 2 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns. 16 Wigeon flew in off the sea during the day, and both Spoonbill and Great White Egret were also seen. A Spotted Redshank was on the NWT pools and 2 Short-eared Owls were again hunting the lavender marsh. Two Stonechats and 2 Whinchats were of note, and a Grey Wagtail flew over west. A Swift was with mixed flocks of Swallows and House Martins and a Cetti's Warbler was on the reserve. Thirty-two Golden Plover and a Hobby were also seen during the day.

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Norfolk 4.Whinchats Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe Marshes at 2.30pm
Norfolk no sign of Red-backed Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park (but 3.Turtle Doves)
Norfolk Black Tern Snettisham Coastal Park flew south
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Cley along fence from beach car park near North Scrape at 10.42am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme over saltmarsh behind 1st car park
Norfolk Barred Warbler Winterton South Valley tho elusive
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park opposite hump across channel tho mobile
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Overstrand at 8.35am
Norfolk 17.Velvet Scoters y'day flew past Holme 4.40pm-6.10pm with 400.Common Scoters +5.Bonxies 3.Arctic Skuas