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Sunday 1st April 2018

A very quiet day with two Red Kites drifting over the Firs the main highlight.

In the moth traps a Dotted Border, Shoulder Stripe, Common Quaker and Hebrew Character were recorded.

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Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts (1.male) Hunstanton at Silfield Gardens this a'noon
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh late a'noon. 3.Red-crested Pochards on freshmarsh
Norfolk Osprey Holkham Park over south end of lake then flew off
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew NE over Felthorpe 2.19-2.25pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv east of Overstrand on beach
Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Burgh Castle at Glebe Marsh at 2.10pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Trimingham on beach then flew towards Mundesley
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at 11.35am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Stiffkey again 10.54am flew east over A149
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv NW of Norwich Norwich flew NE over Norfolk Showground at 9.15am
Norfolk 3.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Stiffkey till 10.15am in field south of A149 200yds west of Stiffkey Fen then flew south TF.983.437
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer east of pier on sea opposite huts at 9.45am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Buckenham Marshes RSPB still viewable from entrance track at 9.30am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Stiffkey still 9.19am in field south of A149 200yds west of Stiffkey Fen +showing well TF.983.437
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Stiffkey Fen in field south of A149 at 8am TF.983.437
Norfolk Black Redstart Cromer still just east of pier between pink house +yellow house at 8.45am
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea