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Friday 3rd November 2017

A far quieter day, but a marked arrival of Blackbirds took place with 80+ just around the reserve compound. Other highlights were 6 Whooper Swans west over the grazing marsh, a Kingfisher around the Broadwater, 3,500 Starlings passing west, 70 Fieldfares, 6 Song Thrushes, 45 Redwings, a single Stonechat, and 22 Twite in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard ad.fem east of Whitlingham Lane Ctry Park on St.Andrew's Broad
Norfolk 6.Whooper Swans (2.ads) flew west over Holme NWT at 11.15am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still east of Beach Road at 10.30am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 10.18am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Salthouse in gardens south of Bloomstiles at 9.50am then flew west
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew at Station Marsh at 4.15pm
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Thornham Pool
Norfolk probable White-billed Diver flew east past Cromer Golf Course at 8.12am then landed on sea off Trimingham tho distant
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER flew NW past Mundesley at 7.48am
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (1.male) on Wednesday SW of Thornham Point over marshes at 8.50am
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew west over Overstrand at 7.12am