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Sunday 22nd April 2018

A good visual migration day with an Osprey sighted flying over Redwell Marsh during the morning, and 4 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, a Cuckoo, a Swift, 2 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, a House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a single Redwing, 2 Stonechats, 15+ Wheatears, 58+ Yellow Wagtails, a Redpoll and 2 Siskins all recorded. On the sea 74 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns passed through offshore.

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Stiffkey circled over saltmarsh at c1.10pm
Norfolk Wood Wblr Wells Woods still 1.35pm in birches on south side of The Dell
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cawston Heath still
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Horsey Gap at Warren House Farm
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB left of path to beach at 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cley still 12.40pm flew east over south end of Church Lane
Norfolk probable Glossy Ibis Cley NWT circled over then flew towards Salthouse at 12.24pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes SE of Cley circled inland at 12.20pm
Norfolk Whinchat Glandford at Cley Spy
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Cromer
Norfolk stork sp Colney circled over A47 at 11.05am but no further sign by 11.25am
Norfolk Wood Wblr Wells Woods in birches on south side of The Dell +showing well
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still 10.52am east of radio station perimeter fence viewed from coast path tho distant
Norfolk Black Tern Barton Broad briefly 10.40am then flew SE
Norfolk 10+Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes +3.Common Cranes
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels (4.males) Winterton Dunes NNR
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 9.54am +Spoonbill
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cley NWT by central hides at 8.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Weybourne Camp at 8.07am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still at NW end behind gun emplacements at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew SE over Weybourne Camp at 7.45am
Norfolk Stone Curlew Cley flew east over Church Lane at 3am
Norfolk Wood Sand Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR on flood