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Monday 13th November 2017

Highlights from the around the Observatory and the dunes included 5 Woodcocks, Merlin, 900 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Fieldfare, 54 Blackbirds, 16 Redwing and 3 Redpolls.

The best of the sea included 3 Little Auks in the morning, 19 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 female Eiders, 4 Goosanders, 25 Kittiwakes and 4 Little Gulls.

Two Rock Pipits were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT +juv.Long-tailed Duck flew west +Red-necked Grebe 2.drk.Velvet Scoters
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew NW past Sidestrand
Norfolk 4+Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT by orangery this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks late a'noon
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach mid a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley south of drying barns on post in hedge east of sharp bend at 3.45pm
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still 2.30pm by orangery
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape briefly
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse still 2.43pm on flooded field east of Beach Road (+1w.Caspian Gull)
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey Fen flew east at 11.30am
Norfolk 5.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 1.15pm (+Black-throated Diver 2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse on flooded field east of Beach Road mid a'noon
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew north past Waxham at 12.50pm
Norfolk Waxwing flew south over Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.45pm
Norfolk 18.Shorelarks Happisburgh in field SE of lighthouse at midday +Lapland Bunting briefly (+38.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 3+Lapland Buntings Cart Gap at 11.30am
Norfolk 4.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by midday (+2.Great Northern Divers 2.Long-tailed Ducks Short-eared Owl +Shag on sea)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 this morning
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 9.20am (+Great Northern Diver. c30.Snow Buntings just east of beach car park)
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT flew over main hide at 11.37am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 11.40am
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Happisburgh still in field SE of lighthouse at 11am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Winterton 9am-11am (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Titchwell RSPB (+2.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT in beeches +hawthorn just SW of house at 10.45am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew west past Overstrand. Purple Sand on groyne opposite beach huts
Norfolk 3.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 10am (+2.Velvet Scoters Great Northern Diver 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Waxwing Hethersett in garden then flew off
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Great Yarmouth at harbour mouht
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 7.30am (+2.Little Stints)