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Sunday 16th September 2018

Seawatching today produced 35 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 11 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe, with 2 Arctic Skuas, a Guillemot, 55 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns and 3 Arctic Terns passing offshore. Also of note were a Spoonbill in front of the Car Park Hide mid morning, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshank and 2 Snipe over the Broadwater, and 96 Pink-feet. Fifteen Teal and 6 Wigeon were also noted, with a Spotted Flycatcher reported in the pines behind the Observatory.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late a'noon +2.Spoonbills flew west
Norfolk hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier juv still 2.15pm Welney WWT flew south past main hide
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes' Marsh at 12.34pm
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Spoted Redshank. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 9.30am
Norfolk hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier juv Welney WWT from main hide at 11.06am +showing well (for 4th day; not Montagu's Harrier) [reidentified from photograph]
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier juv still Welney WWT from main hide at 11.06am +showing well
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Cattle Egret Breydon Water still at South Wall Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse flew east over Beach Road at 7.40am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 2.Ravens Cockley Cley at 7.55am