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Saturday 24th February 2018

Seawatching today produced an Eider, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 6 Guillemots and 14 Great Crested Grebes. A Short-eared Owl was hunting on the NWT reserve and a Red Kite drifted over Thornham Harbour, where 15 Twite were still present. A Stonechat and 10 Fieldfares were also of interest. Four Siskins flew over calling.

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Norfolk 2.Willow Tits singing still 2.41pm Sculthorpe Moor NR at triangle
Norfolk lift offered to Weymouth tomorrow morning tel.Rob 01603-219119 or 07738-175255
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Breydon Water still this a'noon on marsh by South Wall pumphouse
Norfolk 3.Russian White-fronted Geese between Acle +Great Yarmouth on Acle New Road marshes early morning +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 12.38pm. Access beach at Holkham Gap +walk 3/4ml east +view woodland side of dunes
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Mundesley at 11.38am +juv.Glaucous Gull still 12.28pm
Norfolk Bittern 1/2ml SE of Glandford still by River Glaven at 11.48am +showing well. From Natural Surroundings car park at Bayfield Hall walk north thru 5.bar gate for 200yds to flooded reedbed NR25 7JN
Norfolk 2.Willow Tits singing Sculthorpe Moor NR in woodland between Old Gits' Corner +triangle at midday
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 11.50am north of A149 east of Beach Road (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Sculthorpe Moor NR viewed from portakabins in woodland at 10.45am
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Sculthorpe Moor NR viewed from portakabins in woodland at 10.45am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still on Keeper's Marsh with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (Water Pipit on Simmonds' Scrape +Little Stint)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley flew east along beach at 11.10am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeder from Volunteer Hide at 10.53am
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Salthouse still at Gramborough Hill at 10.45am
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Kelling north of A149 by Meadow Lane at 9.45am with c5.Mealy Redpolls. Keep to public rights of way TG.094.430 NR25 7EE
Norfolk Raven Snettisham Coastal Park flew over north end of Ken Hill Wood mid morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB in reedbed channel
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.male still Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound in Waveney Forest at 9.15am tho distant TG.457.011
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Breydon Water on marsh by South Wall pumphouse at 8.30am
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore