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Tuesday 30th January 2018

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard still Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound in Waveney Forest at 3.21pm (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Potter Heigham Marshes SW of rusty barn this a'noon. 3.Common Cranes north of marshes. Mealy Redpoll on Weavers' Way along Heigham Sound
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Horsey Mere at 9.30am. 6.Whooper Swans by track near Horsey Corner
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Horsey Mere at 9.30am. 6.Whooper Swans by track near Horsey Corner
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Barton Broad still 2.15pm +showing well
Norfolk 8+Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren 200yds east of raiway crossing car park in pines by track at 1.50pm then flew north
Norfolk Great White Egret between Blackborough End +Wormegay at Nar Valley Fisheries but no sign of any redhead Smew. View from High Bridge on New Road TF.668.137
Norfolk 16.Hawfinches Great Massingham still at churchyard tho elusive
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton still off South Dunes late morning
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltings 1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Firecrest Beeston Common at SW corner
Norfolk 12+Hawfinches Great Massingham still at churchyard at 9am tho elusive
Norfolk Black Brant ad Blakeney Freshmarsh in NE corner at 10am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB on sea +2.Slav Grebes 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Barton Broad still by Pleasure Island from viewing platform at south end at 9.15am tho distant
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day Happisburgh