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Sunday 15th October 2017

Visual migration took place in earnest today with over 4,489 Starlings and 630 Chaffinches passing west from late morning. A Yellow-browed Warbler was also of note. On the sea 298 Brents, 11 Tufted Ducks, 200 Common Scoters, 11 Gannets and a Razorbill were seen. Waders included 24 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and 2 Snipe. Three Short-eared Owls came in off the sea during the afternoon, and 5 Jays were also counted. Also of interest were 45 Skylarks, a Lesser Whitethroat along the east bank, 12 Blackbirds, 8 Song Thrushes, 25 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher in the pines briefly, 4 Grey Wagtails west, 2 Pied Wagtails, 50 Meadow Pipits, 32 Rock Pipits, 4 Bramblings, a Redpoll and 12 Siskins.

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Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose juv Burnham Overy still 3pm in 2nd field east of A149 layby with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant still 2.48pm 2.5mls NNE of Docking at Choseley in field SW of Choesley Farm with Pink-footed Geese TF.751.401
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Holme flew in off sea mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still 2.15pm in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Dotterel flew west over Kelling mid a'noon
Norfolk no further sign of Barred Warbler Trimingham on clifftop near pottery by 1pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Happisburgh still 2.05pm at old Coastwatch site
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant still 12.40pm c2.5mls NNE of Docking near Choseley Farm with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.410
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant between Docking +Thornham just north of Summerfield in field by road near Thornham Corner at 11.35am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton still at Low Road 50yds east of Empsons Loke at 11.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines near Joe Jordan Hide at 10.55am
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still late morning
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose still Burnham Overy in stubble field north of A149 layby with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Winterton off car park
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches flew west over Titchwell RSPB. 2.Little Stints on freshmarsh
Norfolk Barred Warbler still Trimingham on clifftop near pottery at 9.55am
Norfolk 12.Little Stints Cley NWT still +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose juv Burnham Overy still in field east of track north of A149 with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Winterton North Dunes c400yds north of totem pole mid morning
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew north past Eccles-on-Sea at 9.15am
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB in car park at 8.50am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Happisburgh still on cliff between old Coastwatch site +caravan site at 7.30am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Weybourne Camp at 8.12am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches y'day flew west over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Bittern Norwich at West Earlham over SE end of Bevan Close at 6.35am then flew NW over Earlham Marsh