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Saturday 24th March 2018

On the sea today 30 Eiders, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 500+ Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars and 3 Great Crested Grebes were noted, while around the reserve birds of note included a Stonechat, 2+ Chiffchaffs, 3 House Sparrows, a Barn Owl, an adult Med Gull, a Peregrine, 7 Pied Wagtails, 37 Meadow Pipits, a Brambling, and 4 Redpolls including 1 Mealy trapped and ringed.

Moths included Mottled Grey, Shoulder Stripe, Dotted Border, March Moth, Chestnut and Hebrew Character.

29 birds were trapped during the day including 2 Redpolls (1 Mealy), a Chiffchaff, and 2 Goldcrests.

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Norfolk Great White Egret between Blackborough End +Wormegay still at Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west over Stiffkey Fen at 11.30am
Norfolk Garganey drk still 3.30pm 2mls WNW of Bintree on flood by Bintree Mill
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv WSW of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 3.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Sparham Pools at 2.40pm
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers Santon Downham still at Santon Warren. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at midday: 1.from Joe Jordan Hide, 1.from Washington Hide
Norfolk 16.Parrot Crossbills 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham still 2pm at Santon Warren in ash trees by level crossing. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Garganey drk still 1.15pm 2mls WNW of Bintree on flood by Bintree Mill
Norfolk Firecrest Winterton by path 200yds south of Beach Road at midday
Norfolk Black Redstart Hopton-on-Sea at cliffs late morning
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.55am on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 17.Parrot Crossbills 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in ash trees by level crossing at midday. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 11.35am from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Glaucous Gull imm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton near groyne.47 +Shag
Norfolk 14.Parrot Crossbills still 9.12am 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in ash by level crossing. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Garganey drk still 2mls WNW of Bintree on flood by Bintree Mill
Norfolk 14.Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren (+Lesser Spotted Woodpecker still). Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Short-eared Owl midway betwen Acle +Billockby over marsh just west of A1064 at 8.10am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Cockley Cley
Norfolk 4+Short-eared Owls y'day Haddiscoe Island still viewed from mound in Waveney Forest in a'noon