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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 2 Common Cranes 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren flew over St.Helen's car park at 6.45am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 10.Garganey Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Spoonbills 2.Common Cranes 2.Little Gulls
Norfolk Pied Fly male Burnham Thorpe in tree behind phone box at 11.40am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cromer at pier this a'noon
Norfolk Pied Fly male Burnham Thorpe still 2.45pm in small park behind phone box
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings flew south over Horsey this morning
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret 1.3ml east of Stiffkey again on floods south of A149
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
Norfolk Osprey Thorpe St.Andrew over business park at 5.45pm then flew SE
Norfolk Dotterel near Thetford
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Overstrand this evng
Norfolk 4.Garganey (3.drks) Potter Heigham Marshes still this evng