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Tuesday 13th March 2108

A Peregrine early morning was watched harassing a Short-eared Owl over the East bank before forcing it down into the dunes. A Red Kite passed over the observatory early pm and a Woodcock and a pair of Stonechats were also noted.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT For all this news, in the field as it happens, subscribe to Rare Bird Alert for as little as 14p per dayNorfolk Wheatear Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk 13+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea this morning +5.Scaup. Woodcock by car park +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley still on groyne viewable from clifftop near church at 12.45pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still 11.50am on rocks opposite The Funky Mackerel cafe
Norfolk Iceland Gull flew west past Sheringham at 12.15pm
Norfolk 6..Snow Buntings Salthouse still at Gramborough Hill on east side at 11.23am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still opposite Whelk Tearooms
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton still by Low Road in middle paddock tho distan
Norfolk/Suffolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Santon Downham still at Santon Warren by Little Ouse path towards Brandon at 9.30am. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh again at 9.23am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew west past Sidestrand at 7.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still