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Saturday 20th January 2018

Two Waxwings were in the area of the Observatory, and on the sea 2 Eider, 400 Common Scoters, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 22 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Fulmars, 26 Great Crested Grebes, and 4 Guillemots were recorded. A Water Rail was also noted, and 20 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk c20.Parrot Crossbills still 1.40pm c1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in tree by river between roadbridge +St.Helen's Picnic Site TL.820.880
Norfolk 14.Bewick's Swans Horning from Norfolk Road at 2.40pm TG.350.174
Norfolk no further sign of juv.Iceland Gull Cromer on golf course early a'noon (but 2.Great Northern Divers on sea off east end at 12.30pm)
Norfolk Waxwing Holme NOA still
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Bodham at 2pm in an area with no general access
Norfolk Black Redstart male still 1.50pm Sheringham at RNLI car park cTG.155.434
Norfolk 3+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Kelling still along Meadow Lane c100yds north of school at 11.30am. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Kelling still along Meadow Lane c100yds north of school (+2+Mealy Redpolls still). Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 2.Twite Breydon Water +17.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett (+10+Mealy Redpolls). From A148 take Riverside Road signed Letheringsett Mill +park on verge just before ford +view from start of track cTG.062.383
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB still on sea +6+Long-tailed Ducks still. Water Pipit on freshmarsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Chedgrave Marshes mid morning
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Salthouse on sea off Gramborough Hill at 11.35am
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks below Sheringham Museum
Norfolk possible Siberian Chiffchaff Surlingham at Church Marsh
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Thetford still on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day Colney GPs in alders by River Yare opposite Bendish Way (for 2nd day)
Norfolk c100.Snow Buntings Salthouse still on east side of Gramborough Hill
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh 1/2ml east of Holkham Gap (4.Russian White-fronted Geese still in field east of Lady Anne's Drive)
Norfolk 9.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still 9.35am at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site by river 200yds west of car park TL.821.879 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Black Redstart male still Sheringham on seafront by shelters at 9.25am cTG.155.434
Norfolk 17.Parrot Crossbills still 9.09am 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in car park by level crossing TL.820.880
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on east side of golf course on practice green at 8.35am
Norfolk 17.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site just west of car park then flew towards level crossing TL.821.879 IP27 0TT
Norfolk 14.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site just west of car park TL.821.879 IP27 0TT