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Friday 20th April 2018

On the sea today 18 Common Scoters and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Northern Diver, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 27 Sandwich Terns were counted. A Short-eared Owl was hunting the marsh early morning and 8 Swallows passed through west. Migrants included 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, 6+ Redwings at first light, a Yellow Wagtail and 6 Redpolls.

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Norfolk Black Tern Welney WWT tho distant
Norfolk 10.Garganey (8.drks) Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh south of coast path at 11.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still 11.45am on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Cley NWT +landed towards Salthouse at 11.20am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still 11.15am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Berney Marshes RSPB in field east of Berney Arms by flood wall
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse flew east past Gramborough Hill at 8.30am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still on Watling Water from Babcock Hide +Spoonbill White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 9+Ring Ouzels Cromer on golf course
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) Trimingham in fields near Pond Plantation
Norfolk Arctic Tern Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham on Holt Road flew NE over recycling centre at 8.55am
Norfolk Common Crane flew NE over Holkham at 9am
Norfolk 14.Ring Ouzels thru Sidestrand
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels flew SW over Sheringham at 7.34am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Thornham on Ship Street at 7.30am
Norfolk 10.Ring Ouzels Sidestrand then flew west