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Tuesday 28th November 2017

An early morning sea watch produced two Slavonian Grebes, three Red-throated Divers and four Kittiwakes. A flock of around 300 Golden plover were on the grazing marsh and at least two Stonechats were along the East Bank. A Shorelark was on the beach behind the golf course and 14 Snow Buntings were on the beach at the mouth of Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley still at start of Beach Road east of sea wall at 1.21pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 32.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in pines between car park +railway crossing at 12.50pm then flew west cTL.822.874
Norfolk Shorelark Holme at midday (+Snow Bunting Twite). Take path thru golf course towards beach then turn left behind dunes
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w flew west past Sheringham +5.Bonxies Purple Sand
Norfolk c30.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site 400yds west of car park cTL.822.874