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Friday 24th November 2017

Seawatching today produced 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 800 Common Scoters, 4 Goldeneye, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 21 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Fulmars, 1 Gannet, 48 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Auk, a single Guillemot, and 51 unidentified Auks. On the beach just north of the Golf Course a Shorelark and 3 Lapland Buntings were of note. Around the reserve a Cetti's Warbler was heard, a Stonechat was near the centre and 2 Rock Pipits, 4 Bramblings and 2 Redpolls were also of interest.

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Norfolk Purple Sand Heacham North Beach at 11am
Norfolk Shorelark Holme at north end of golf course on shingle +3.Lapland Buntings
Norfolk 13.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth North Beach
Norfolk no sign of any possible Parrot Crossbills NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site midday-1.15pm
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still behind orangery tea rooms at 10.30am
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks near museum at 12.59pm
Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich in garden
Norfolk report of Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT was erronoeus
Norfolk report of Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT was erroneous
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose y'day NE of Great Bircham north of Stanhoe Road +east of Docking Road with 10,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Weybourne in 1st barley field beyond coastguards cottage at 11.13am (+2.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still behind orangery tea rooms by track along edge of golf course at 11.05am
Norfolk c20.Twite Thornham Harbour still on saltmarsh near car park
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe still in channel at 9.28am +showing well
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Cley Beach still 9am