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Wednesday 31st January 2018

The Twite flock were again around the car park at Thornham Harbour, regularly coming into drink and bathe in the puddles there. A Spotted Redshank was in the tidal creek and a Greenshank flew over the grazing marsh calling early afternoon.
Two of the Twite flock, the colour ringed individual a male, ringed in Yorkshire in December 2016.

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Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltings 2/3ml east of Holkham Gap at 11.40am
Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach this morning
Norfolk 3+Hawfinches Great Massingham still at churchyard at 10.30am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver reported y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end at 10.45am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton still off South Dunes
Norfolk 30.Twite Thornham Harbour still at puddle at harbour car park at 10.07am TF.727.442
Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still at puddle at harbour car park at 10.04am TF.727.442
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB +ringtail Hen Harrier NR13 4HS