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Wednesday 3rd January 2018

A windy day made for hard work from a birding perspective, highlights were at least a dozen Twite at Thornham Harbour, regularly coming to drink at the car park puddles and at least four Stonechat noted on the walk there.

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Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still west of paddock in zigzag covert at 2.10pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 2.05pm south of Eye Field with 650+Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 1.35pm on golf course viewable from footpath from Overstrand Hall
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 12.45pm on beach below golf course
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at car park by level crossing at 12.20pm TL.820.880
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT again south of beach car park in Eye Field at 11am with 650.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Salthouse still just east of Gramborough Hill at 10.45am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide still
Norfolk c55.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB in 1hr +2.Great Northern Divers 8.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course tho mobile