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Saturday 27th October 2018

Seawatching today produced 298 Wigeon, 179 Teal, 12 Pintail, 2 Eiders, a Tufted Duck, 162 Common Scoters, 7 Velvet Scoters, 18 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmars, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 143 Gannets, 28 Great Crested Grebes, 63 Pom Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 70 Bonxies, 3 Little Auks past west, one Guillemot and 219 Auk sp, 583 Kittiwakes, and 4 Short-eared Owls in off the sea. Also of interest were 2 Redpolls trapped and ringed, and 30+ Bramblings and 2 Rock Pipits passing overhead.

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Norfolk Leach's Petrel Cley NWT flew past beach car park 1.50-2.40pm +Little Auk 10.Pom Skuas (+Slav Grebe)
Norfolk 30+Pom Skuas flew past Holme +Little Auk (+4.Short-eared Owls Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Grey Phal flew past Cley
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by crosstracks at 1.30pm
Norfolk Slav Grebe Weybourne on sea off campsite at 2.15pm
Norfolk 3.Pom Skuas flew past Winterton late morning/ early a'noon +2.Little Auks (+4+Velvet Scoters Little Gull)
Norfolk 7.Pom Skuas flew south past Waxham 10am-midday (+4.Arctic Skuas 2.Bonxies Great Northern Diver). Little Auk flew north (+Manx S'water Sooty S'water) Also probable large s'water flew south
Norfolk Norfolk Bird +Mammal Report 2017 now available from Cley NWT visitor centre
Norfolk Pom Skua ad Salthouse on shingle at end of Beach Road at 1.55pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Warham Greens in hedge east of Garden Drove viewed from Garden Drove at 2pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Warham Greens viewed from Whirligig at 1.15pm. Walk west from Stiffkey Campsite car park for 1/2ml NR23 1QF cTF.956.438
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 12.30pm (+Black Guillemot Little Gull Red-necked Grebe 3.Scaup Great Northern Diver)Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1.18pm 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane tho distant. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 10.Short-eared Owls Sheringham flew in off sea by 11am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 12.40pm 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane tho distant. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 3.Little Auks Bacton on sea +5.Grey Phals past 10.50am-12.10pm (+5.Scaup Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Sheringham flew west past east end of at 7.32am. Little Auk flew west at 11.30am. 23.Pom Skuas by midday
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Winterton this morning
Norfolk Grey Phal flew west past Salthouse 11.10am-11.50am +Little Auk 8.Pom Skuas (+Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk Little Auk flew north past Winterton 7.30am-10.30am (+4.Scaup 3.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford at Nunnery Lakes this morning
Norfolk 18.Pom Skuas flew past Titchwell RSPB (+3.Short-eared Owls flew in off sea)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Cley NWT flew in off sea +Short-eared Owl 2.Snow Buntings 2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 6+Pom Skuas flew past Titchwell RSPB +Little Auk
Norfolk Pom Skua Stiffkey flew east from saltmarsh at 11.15am
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley on beach at coastguards at 10.51am
Norfolk lift offered to Land's End leaving c10pm (2.places) tel.Rob 01603-219119
Norfolk 7.Pom Skuas flew west past Cley
Norfolk Little Auk flew north past Winterton
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew past Gorleston +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea +Snow Bunting flew north along beach
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Stiffkey c500yds west of campsite at 9.31am
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv flew west past Cley at 9.25am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wymondham near abbey [heard only]
Norfolk 10.Pom Skuas flew past Holme by 9am (+Slav Grebe Manx S'waters 15.Bonxies)
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Sheringham at 8.25am +5.Pom Skuas
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane at 9am. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 3.Little Auks flew west past Cley by 8.52am
Norfolk 4.Pom Skuas flew past Titchwell RSPB (+3.Short-eared Owls flew in off sea)
Norfolk BLACK-THROATED THRUSH male Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill 8.15am-8.25am then flew south inland