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Tuesday 3rd October 2017

As expected a rather breezy day, with the wind still blowing strongly from the West. Unsurprisingly there was little of note from a migrant perspective with a single Wheatear and Whinchat along the entrance track the only exceptions. The Pink-feet though seem to be making the most of the favourable conditions for their journey here with small groups numbering at least 800 in total seen arriving in across the Wash during the afternoon. Birds noted on the sea included a single Manx Shearwater, 11 Bonxies, 4 Arctic Skuas, 21 Gannets and 3 Red-throated Divers.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 2.15pm
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 12.45pm
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv flew north past Hemsby at 8.29am
Norfolk Pom Skua on Sunday flew past Hemsby (+Sooty S'water)
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv Hemsby this morning +Great Northern Diver Black Tern. 6.Bearded Tits in dunes
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Kelling Water Meadow still 10.17am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB in overflow car park at 7.45am