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Saturday 20th October 2018

Vis mig was good in the morning, and ringing highlights were 2 Water Pipits trapped and ringed, and a Rock Pipit also caught with a Swedish ring! Of particular interest were a Great White Egret east, a Hobby, 10+ Bearded Tits, 30 Skylarks, 4 Shorelarks on the beach west of the track across the Golf Course, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers still near the NWT payhut, 2,500 Starlings coming out of a roost at Thornham early morning, a single Fieldfare near the first hide on the NOA reserve, 10 Redwings, a male Stonechat along the east bank, 4 Pied Wagtails, 65 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 8 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 75 Linnets and 4 Twite at Thornham Harbour, 2 Redpolls, 2 Siskins and 15 Reed Buntings also counted.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham over sheep field between The Green +sea wall at 3.20pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Kelling Water Meadow on sea drifted east at 3.25pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton in garden mid a'noon
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk flew west past Kelling Water Meadow at 2.58pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey near Nelson Head track mid a'noon
Norfolk 4.Twite Thornham harbour
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's) 1w.male still 1.20pm between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 200yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Brancaster flew west over north end of Gypsy Lane at c12.30pm (+3.Y-br.Wblrs)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton North Dunes still
Norfolk Barred Warbler still Blakeney Point in Lifeboat House garden. Do not enter garden
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's) 1w.male still 12.34pm between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 200yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's) 1w.male still 11.45am between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 200yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT still c200yds west of track thru golf course
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills cTF.925.458
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Docking by B1153 in bushes by Docking House
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT flew west over West Bank at 10.50am (+ringtail.Hen Harrier then flew west)
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's) 1w.male still 10.40am between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 200yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton South Dunes +Black Redstart
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's) 1w.male still 9.30am between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 by Meadow Lane then flushed
Norfolk no further sign of Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's) between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 by Meadow Lane mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines near west end
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by crosstracks
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's) 1w.male still between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 by Meadow Lane
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines between Meals House +crosstracks
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at Meals House still