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Tuesday 23rd January 2018

An early morning sea-watch produced a count of 32 Great -crested Grebes on the sea. Large numbers of Teal and Wigeon remained around the Broadwater, at least a thousand birds, with a small arrival of around 200 Pink-feet joining them mid afternoon. Two Peregrines were hunting over the grazing marsh and a pair of Stonechats were along the East bank. The flock of 22 Twite were again at Thornham Harbour. There was no sign of the Waxwing but the Fieldfares remained around the Buckthorn areas on the reserves.

Fieldfare on the Buckthorn. Gary Elton

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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse flew west past north end of Beach Road at 2.20pm
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Salthouse still at Gramborough Hill this a'noon
Norfolk no sign of any Bewick's Swans between Ingham +Sea Palling behind Causeway Farm Butchers this a'noon but 6.Whooper Swans
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1ml W.of Holt still just S.of Letheringsett 100yds from ford at 12.40pm tho mobile. From A148 take Riverside Rd signed Letheringsett Mill +park on verge just before ford +view from start of track TG.062.383
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich flew over A47 Norwich bypass by River Yare early a'noon
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Gorleston near Beacon Park at Carrel Road this a'noon then flew towards hospital
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still from Washington Hide at 12.45pm +Bittern
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Gorleston at Beacon Park then flew to trees south of Carrel Road
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 12.10pm on saltmarsh 1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 11.Bewick's Swans between Ingham +Sea Palling behind Causeway Farm Butchers at 10.45am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on east side of golf course on practice green near church at 11.45am
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh 1/2ml east of Holkham Gap at 11am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB still +6.Long-tailed Ducks Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Cranwich Heath at 10.56am
Norfolk 22.Twite Thornham Harbour still 10.48am
Norfolk 10.Hawfinches Great Massingham at churchyard
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male still Sheringham at RNLI car park at 9.55am +showing well TG.155.434
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley still on beach below car park at 10.12am