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Sunday 14th January 2018

The Waxwing at the Observatory reappeared late afternoon, and one remained at Drove Orchards during the day. On the sea 5 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 15 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 30+ Great Crested Grebes, A Red-necked and a Slavonian Grebe were all noted. A Merlin was hunting the grazing marshes and 20 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour. A flock of 42 Barnacle Geese flew past east at about 10am, and 2 Whooper Swans passed heading west.

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Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still mid a'noon Waxham c200yds SE of Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach this morning +4.Russian White-fronted Geese flew past
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 1.50pm on golf course viewed from road
Norfolk Black Redstart male still this a'noon Sheringham on seafront near cafe. 3.Purple Sands still by Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk 2.Twite Kelling c50yds north of A149 in field by Meadow Lane +2.Mealy Redpolls
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still early a'noon c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk possible White-billed Diver Thornham Point on sea at 12.15pm then flew east
Norfolk 4+Great Northern Divers Thornham Point offshore
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham c200yds SE of Shangri-la chalet at 11.45am tho elusive TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Thornham Point still late morning offshore +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew south over Choseley Drying Barns at 11.30am
Norfolk 1+Water Pipit Berney Marshes RSPB +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point offshore. 12.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point offshore. 12.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham Bay on sea east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk no news on Coues's Arctic Redpolls 1ml west of Holt +just south of Letheringsett
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh still in fields east of Lady Ann's Drive with Dark bellied Brent Geese NR23 1RJ
Norfolk Black Redstart male still Sheringham on seafront between orange diggers +Sheringham West Lifeguard Station
Norfolk 90.Snow Buntings Salthouse just east of Gramborough Hill still 10.40am
Norfolk 9+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course practice green from coast path
Norfolk Waxwing Thornham again at Drove Orchards Farm Shop (+20.Twite still in harbour)
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese flew east over Breydon Water mid morning
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Hunstanton on sea from boat ramp
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site in car park at 8.40am. 28.Parrot Crossbills flew over river at 8am TL.821.879 IP27 0TT