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Sunday 15th April 2018

Some more spring migrants today included a Green Sandpiper over the Broadwater early morning, a fem/1st yr male Black Redstart in front of the Obs, and 2 female Firecrests trapped and ringed. Two Med Gulls were also around the Broadwater, and a Cetti's Warbler, 15 Chiffchaffs, 6+ Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler, a Redwing and a Redpoll sp also on the NOA reserve. Further afield on the NWT reserve 6 Ruff were of note, a Lesser Whitethroat was singing, a Fieldfare was a late record, and a Whinchat was at the west end of the dunes. At Drove Orchards 60 Bramblings were in trees near the farm shop entrance, and 2 Stonechats were at the compound beside the sea wall corner at Thornham. Other birds of note included a male Wheatear, 6 Siskins and a Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.

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Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.25pm
Norfolk 2.Sandwich Terns Pentney GPs
Norfolk 33+Little Gulls Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad at 1.25pm +2.Arctic Terns still
Norfolk possible Black Brant (or hybrid) Wells in channel at 1.15pm
Norfolk 10+Little Gulls Sparham GPs on lake with tern raft
Norfolk 13.Little Gulls Hardley Flood at 12.15pm
Norfolk 29+Little Gulls Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad late morning
Norfolk 11.Little Gulls Hardley Flood
Norfolk 24.Little Gulls Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad at 11.50am +2.Arctic Terns
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton flew south over North Dunes
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane (+5+Mealy Redpolls still) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk 1+Ring Ouzel male Snettisham Coastal Park still at south end early morning
Norfolk 21.Little Gulls Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad at 10.40am +Arctic Tern
Norfolk 17+Little Gulls Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad mid morning
Norfolk possible Penduline Tit Cley NWT in reedbed 100yds west of path to Bishop Hide at 9.30am [heard only]
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both ads) Hockwold Washes
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Waxham in field by caravan c2/3ml south of church mid morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still +Black Redstart