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Tuesday 28th August 2018

Three Spoonbills were on the Broadwater early morning, along with a Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers. A single Swift flew west over the Obs and a Short-eared Owl was again noted over the grazing marsh and dunes. Two Arctic Skuas were also seen out over the sea.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Ormesby Broad
Norfolk 4.Caspian Gulls (all juvs) Cromer off pier this a'noon
Norfolk 17.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (both juvs) Rollesby Broad still this a'noon
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Purple Heron 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Spotted Crake still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes (+Great White Egret still). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Welney WWT from Lyle Hide +3.Common Cranes
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 9.25am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Weybourne offshore at c8.10am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 10.15am at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes in 2nd field with cattle
Norfolk possible Long-tailed Skua juv flew west past Cley at 9.30am (+juv.Black Tern)
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at South Wall near pumphouse at 7.30am (+juv.Black Tern)