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Friday 12th January 2018

On the sea today 9 Red-throated Divers, 5 Eiders, and 9 Great Crested Grebes were of note, while around the reserves 150 Fieldfares, 2 Stonechats, and 2 Waxwings were recorded. A further 3 Waxwings were at Drove Orchards near the Farm Shop. At Thornham Harbour 23 Twite were still present, and a Kingfisher was also seen.

Waxwing at Drove Orchards by Steve Newman

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Norfolk 5.Parrot Crossbills (2.males) still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren near St.Helen's Picnic Site at 11.30am TL.821.879 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley flew past East Bank this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Thornham still 2pm at Drove Orchards Farm Shop
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Thornham at Drove Orchards Farm Shop this morning then 1.taken by Sparrowhawk
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still 1.55pm Waxham at Shangri-la chalet along footpath tho mobile TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Waxwing Thornham still at Drove Orchards Farm Shop on telegraph pole at 1.25pm
Norfolk 23.Twite Thornham Point 200yds west along path from car park at 11am
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap just beyond beach access
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore still 12.45pm
Norfolk Waxwing flew north over How Hill Staithe at 12.35pm
Norfolk no sign of any Coues's Arctic Redpolls Cromer on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course this morning. Park on road by club house +walk 1/2ml east along rd to maintenence yard +view from gate NR27 0JH TG.234.410
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham 100yds east of Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett at 10.55am. From A148 take Riverside Road signed Letheringsett Mill +park on verge just before ford +view from start of track cTG.062.383
Norfolk Waxwing Sheringham in garden
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad c1ml WSW of Docking along Fring road at 9.45am with 1,340.Pink-footed Geese +Barnacle Goose. 67.Barnacle Geese flew north over field at 9.5am with 20.Pink-footed Geese TF.750.363
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Happisburgh still in field south of lighthouse at 9.20am TG.385.306
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +8.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh 400yds east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits y'day 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS