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Friday 1st December 2017

Seawatching today produced 21 Shelduck, 78 Eiders, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 600 Common Scoters, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmars, 6 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Skua, 6 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 36 Kittiwakes, 1 Little Gull, 1 Med Gull, and a Swallow passing west.

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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv Morston Quay with Starlings (+ringtail.Hen Harrier)
Norfolk Long-eared Owl flew past Sheringham in 5hrs +Short-eared Owl Long-tailed Duck Great Northern Diver Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 10.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewable from track to hide mid a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse in winter wheat field south of A149 at Iron Road at midday with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Purple Sand 1/4ml east of Wells at sluice
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail near Warham Greens at 11.30am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham Coastal Park still on beach just north of crossbank this morning
Norfolk 22.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by level crossing at 1.10pm. Use free c'pk at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along rd for 350yds to pines; do not park by access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Weybourne flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning (+Short-eared Owl flew SW)
Norfolk 4.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren. Use free car park at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along rd for 350yds to pines N.of access rd; do not park by access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Mundesley at 12.10pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Stiffkey south of A149 in cattle field opposite Red Lion pub at 11.55am TF.968.431
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both 1w) Cley off beach car park late morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley off beach car park mid morning +3.Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew west
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew past Holme Dunes +Swallow
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Trimingham
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT flew west past north end of East Bank at 8.40am