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Saturday 7th October 2017

Another day dominated by westerlies, with rain during the morning and again in the afternoon. On the sea a single Velvet Scoter was with 1000+ Common Scoters, and 2 Red-throated Divers, 5 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe and 3 Sandwich Terns were also noted. A flock of 650+ Pink-feet gathered on the grazing marsh during the day, and at Thornham 2 Kingfishers and 2 Spotted Redshank were of note. Other birds of interest today included 18 Snipe, a single Swallow, a Cetti's Warbler, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail flew over calling, as did 2 Rock Pipits, and a Lapland Bunting over Thornham. Two Yellowhammers were present briefly near the car par hide.

At Redwell Marsh a single Fieldfare was in the hedge, with 4 Ruff and 106 Black-tailed Godwits also of interest.

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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv still Heacham South Beach on wires late morning but no sign at 12.35pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 12.50pm east of north end of East Bank in NE corner of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 12.45pm Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow (+Snow Bunting flew west)
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still 12.40pm in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT till 11.55am east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh then flew west +may have landed on North Scrape
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 10.30am east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 10.40am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 9.50am Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk no sign of juv.Rose-coloured Starling Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 8.50am east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Spoonbill King's Lynn flew east over Gaywood Park at 7.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal again Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh at 7.30am