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Saturday 13th October 2018

Another day of southerlies and very high temperatures. Highlights included a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank, a Purple Sandpiper and a Black Tern, 4 Snow Buntings and 5 Shorelark on the beach, a Hobby feeding around the reserve throughout the day, 2 Stonechats at Thornham Harbour and a Rock Pipit over calling. A Hen Harrier was seen over the Golf Course. On the sea 16 Common Scoters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 26 Gannets, and 6 Great Crested Grebes were recorded.

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Norfolk 4.Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh at 3.06pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp +Great Northern Diver flew east
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks between Holme +Hunstanton (+Purple Sand Hen Harrier Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes at east end with tit flock tho mobile
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines along main track c150yds west of Joe Jordan Hide at 2.15pm
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Salthouse flew east over Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 12.25pm
Norfolk 1+Pec Sand juv still 11.30am 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk 3.Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh at 11.15am
Norfolk Shorelark Salthouse at edge of pool just east of footpath between Cley +Salthouse at 10.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods in The Dell at 10.05am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east past Sheringham at 9.45am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey Mill circled over
Norfolk Slav Grebe y'day Holme offshore +Short-eared Owl east +4.Snow Buntings
Norfolk Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh. Earlier 3.Great White Egrets Cley NWT
Norfolk Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh. Earlier 3.Great White Egrets Cley NWT
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still 300yds east of car park at 9.33am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Cromer still at sewage works at end of Sandy Lane at 8.52am
Norfolk harrier sp juv flew north past Hunstanton
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery north of main churchyard gate into cemetery at 9.20am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east past Weybourne at 9.35am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Cley NWT at 9.25am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB on Meadow Trail. Black Tern over sea
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines: 2.by crosstracks at Jordan Hide, 2.in willow scrub 200yds west of crosstracks
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 8.50am 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate on roof on Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate on roof on Victory Grove at 8.15am. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach between groynes.15+16
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew west over Thornham Marsh. Jack Snipe by Island Hide