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Friday 13th April 2018

At least 2 female Black Redstarts were still around the Observatory and east bank, with a single Wheatear and female Stonechat also in the same area. A Lesser Whitethroat was trapped and ringed, and a Firecrest was heard a few times during the day. A Short-eared Owl and 2 Yellow Wagtails were on the NWT reserve, and two Whimbrel were on the grazing marsh with 12 Swallows and 7 House Martins passing through, 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 14 Siskins also in the area.

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Norfolk 2+Black Redstarts (both fem/1w.male) Holme NOA still by obs +east bank. Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk 2.Garganey Berney Marshes RSPB +Spoonbill
Norfolk 2+Black Redstarts Horsey/ Waxham +2+Ring Ouzels
Norfolk Great White Egret Wormegay still
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Burnham Overy Dunes on beach at Gun Hill
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Great Yarmouth cemetery still in north section +male.Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Blakeney Point +2.Black Redstarts Hen Harrier
Norfolk 2+Ring Ouzels north of Choseley drying barns along lane in hedges at 9.45am tho mobile
Norfolk Hawfinch SW of Beeston Bump flew west towards playing field
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham at coastguard lookout at 12.19pm +Redstart
Norfolk Hawfinch Salthouse Heath flew from by road at 10.30am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes near totem pole
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane at 11am (+1+Mealy Redpoll) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 3+Ring Ouzels Grimston Warren still near tower
Norfolk no further sign of Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB by 9.25am
Norfolk Great White Egret Blackborough End still at Nar Flood Storage Resr in dyke then on flood then flew towards Nar Valley Fisheries at 7.40am
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB still at visitor centre