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Sunday 8th April 2018

A drizzly and miserable day, highlights were rather scarce but 2 Spoonbills were on the grazing marsh on the NWT reserve, a Water Rail was heard, 2 Med Gulls were seen and a Barn Owl was hunting in the dunes early morning. At least 6 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, and 2 Blackcaps were around the recording area, a single Wheatear was near Thornham Harbour, 4 Siskins flew through and a mixed flock of 40 Chaffinches and Bramblings also dropped into the pines at 1.30pm.

In the moth trap 2 Pine Beauties, a Dotted Border, 13 Hebrew Characters, a Red Chestnut, 3 Clouded Drabs, a Common Quaker and 5 Small Quakers were recorded.

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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT behind orangery tea rooms this a'noon
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Roydon Common NNR
Norfolk Great White Egret Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.35am then flew north +2.Garganey (1.drk) still
Norfolk Black Redstart Horsey in garden late morning
Norfolk Common Scoter drk Whitlingham Ctry Park still 11.15am at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 3.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane (+20+Mealy Redpolls still) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Burnham Norton Marsh at 8.50am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Snettisham Coastal Park +Cuckoo
Norfolk Common Scoter drk Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB still near visitor centre at 7am