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Sunday 12th November 2017

A blast of north-westerly winds brought seabirds close to shore today with highlights including 2 Shelduck, 113 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2000 Common Scoters, 2 Goldeneye, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Red-throated Divers, single Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, 4 Fulmars, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 123 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Great Skuas, 8 Razorbills, 16 Guillemots, 90 unidentified auks, 2 Little Auks, 266 Kittiwakes, 26 Little Gulls, and a juvenile Glaucous Gull. Also of interest today were 3 Stonechats around the reserve, a single Rock Pipit flying over, and a Snow Bunting along the beach.

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Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Happisburgh still 1.30pm on coastal path (+32.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Weybourne Camp early a'noon
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew east past Sheringham +Grey Phal (+Black Guillemot on sea)
Norfolk Scaup fem Holkham Hall still at north end of lake this a'noon. Great White Egret still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 12.49pm
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Sheringham by 11.45am (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 11.05am (+drk.Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew past Sheringham +Little Auk (+Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Holme late morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 11.30am
Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still by beach car park
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Holme (+Great Northern Diver c12.Little Gulls)
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Happisburgh still on beach early morning (+25.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Cley at 8.50am
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 7.47am