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Saturday 2nd December 2017

With lighter winds today, seawatching produced 3 Eiders, 450 Common Scoters, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers. On the grazing marshes 250 Golden Plover, 295 Lapwings, 700+ Wigeon, 1800 Teal, 3000 Pink-feet and 10 Barnacle Geese were of particular note, with Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Stonechats, a single Redpoll and 30 Snow Buntings also seen.

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Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male Eccles-on-Sea c1ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Road opposite end of Eccles Beach Caravan Park in wheat field at 2.40pm tho distant. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks cTG.407.289
Norfolk no further sign of Desert Wheatear Happisburgh by 2.30pm (but c30.Snow Buntings. Black Redstart at base of cliff 200yds south of beach car park)
Norfolk 15+Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren NE of level crossing at 2.35pm
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk c6.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by level crossing at 2.20pm
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks still 1.30pm
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Happisburgh on beach briefly 2.15pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley on beach at 11am then flew NE
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Clippesby over marshes near Oby Mill at 11.30am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Titchwell RSPB at 12.30pm
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR Happisburgh
Norfolk 18.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway line early a'noon
Norfolk 4.Hen Harriers (1.male) y'day Stiffkey Fen late a'noon
Norfolk 3.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 10.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB from east end of railway station late morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Titchwell RSPB on sea +Velvet Scoter. Firecrest by visitor centre
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley still in winter wheat field on east side of Old Woman's Lane by entrance to Barn Drift late morning
Norfolk no sign of any Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by 11.15am. 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 c30.Snow Buntings Holme NWT at 11am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Cley NWT off coastguards at 9.30am (Russian White-fronted Goose flew west at 10am +25.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum feeding under trees in paddock at 10.15am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT on beach 400yds west of north end of East Bank at 9.10am