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Tuesday 17th October 2018

A strong southerly wind was blowing throughout the day, limiting activity to some degree but migrants were in evidence. Six Lesser Whitethroats were singing in the Dunes whilst 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs were noted - mostly sheltering in the pines. Overhead 8 Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail, 30 Swallows and small numbers of Linnets and Meadow Pipits were observed and a Cuckoo was seen and heard in the forestry throughout the day.

On the sea were 400 Common Scoter and singles of Red-breasted Merganser and Great Crested Grebe.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea
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Norfolk Pied Fly male Burnham Thorpe still 2.45pm in small park behind phone box
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Norfolk Puffin Titchwell RSPB on sea at 1.45pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT again flew west over Simmonds' Scrape at 3.42pm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still this morning
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