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Sunday 29th April 2018

A dull and windy day with strong northerlies building during the day. Highlights were 2 Pied Flycatchers seen in the pines and around the car parks during the afternoon, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the Richardson hide late morning, a Ring Ouzel on the NWT reserve and a Black Redstart, 2 Stonechats, a male Whinchat and 3 Wheatears still along the east bank. 23 Pink-feet were on the grazing marshes and 2 Whimbrel, 7 Sandwich Terns, 2 Med Gulls, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swifts, 6 Swallows, 7 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 10 Sedge Warblers and 3 Reed Warblers were recorded during the day. A White Wagtail was again along the approach road and another 3 Wheatears were on the NWT reserve.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 2.38pm
Norfolk Wryneck still 12.20pm Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzel south of Waxham still in ploughed field near white caravan viewed from coast path at 1pm
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Felbrigg Hall NT at 10.30am: 1.by car park, 4.by lake then flew north
Norfolk BLK-W.STILT male still 11.10am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in field W.of pool then lost to view(+3.Spoonbill 3.Garganey (2.drk).Use c'pk by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day)+take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem between Strumpshaw Fen RSPB +Buckenham Marshes RSPB in paddocks south of road this morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w flew north past Walcott at 11.43am
Norfolk Spoonbill Morston from NT observation tower on quay
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Lakenheath Fen RSPB from Washland Viewpoint
Norfolk no further sign of Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes (but 3.Ring Ouzels)
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley between Iron Road car park +Babcock Hide at 10.08am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end viewed from river bank at 9.23am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Cley +250yds east of Walsey Hills NOA in field north of A149 at 9.10am
Norfolk no further sign of Wood Wblr Muckleburgh Hill in sycamores by A149 opposite entrance to Pheasant Hotel by 9.25am
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk then flew towards grazing marsh at 9am
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham
Norfolk Wood Wblr singing Muckleburgh Hill in sycamores by A149 opposite entrance to Pheasant Hotel at 7.30am