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Thursday 12th October 2017

Westerly winds continue to dominate with very little visual migration, however 4 Common Cranes passed to the north just offshore at @ 12.30pm, and on the sea 92 Common Scoter, a female Red-breasted Merganer, 2 Red-throated Divers (one is summer plumage), 7 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot were of note. Around the reserve 2 Cetti's Warblers were heard and along towards Thornham 2 Rock Pipits, a female Wheatear and a Stonechat were recorded.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was feeding at the buddleia and Painted Lady, Wall Brown, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral were also seen during the day.

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Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Wells by coast path with tit flocks
Norfolk Dotterel still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh with Golden Plovers
Norfolk 32.Common Cranes Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 11.29am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes over Holkham freshmarsh at 11.27am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Wells Woods at 11.11am
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Wells circled over harbour viewed east from beach car park at 11.04am
Norfolk Grey Phal Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 10.52am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Wells flew over East Hills at 10.52am
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork ad east of Long Stratton still at Rhees Green [wings have atypical damage +pigmentation]
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey at east end of Nelson Head Track +Ring Ouzel. 24.Little Gulls flew in off sea
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Stiffkey flew west past car park at 10.47am
Norfolk Snow Bunting y'day Titchwell RSPB on beach towards Thornham Point at midday
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Cley at 10.20am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Burnham Overy Dunes flew over Gun Hill at 9.45am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods by main path 200yds west of drinking pool
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods on NE side of The Dell at 9.20am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey along Nelson Head Track just east of pub
Norfolk Dotterel reported y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadows +2.Spotted Redshanks TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadows at 8.22am TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wiveton on Leatherpool Lane [heard only]
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods 100yds west of kissing gate at car park with tit flock at 7.46am +Firecrest