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Saturday 6th October 2018

Northerlies and rain produced some seabirds and migrants, with 16 Shelduck, 103 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 10 Eider, 11 Common Scoters, 41 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies, 181 Black-headed Gulls, 14 Pintail, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater, 32 Kittiwakes and 2 Med Gulls all seen. Also of note were 5 Avocets, a male Merlin along the beach, 2 Bramblings, a Short-eared Owl, and 16 Redwings also arriving. A total of 181 Snipe were logged passing over during the day.

A Deep-brown Dart was in the moth trap

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods mid a'noon
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley again flew west along beach at1.45pm
Norfolk 35.Common Cranes Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB in trees by car park then on Meadow Trail at 1.22pm with tit flock
Norfolk 3.Jack Snipes Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh at 1.30pm
Norfolk Scaup Cley NWT on Pat's Pool then flew out to sea
Norfolk Ring Ouzel near South Lynn in bushes at start of Nar Ouse Way this morning
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels flew past Winterton by early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Thornham harbour by coal barn at 12.14pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Blakeney Point
Norfolk Snow Bunting Holme NWT on path then flew south to bushes at 11.43am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew north past Winterton at 11.05am
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Hunstanton 8am-10am (+Red-necked Grebe)
Norfolk 3.Manx S'waters flew past Cley: 1.flew east, 2.flew west
Norfolk Great White Egret just SE of Ringland near pub by River Wensum by Ringland Road bridge at 10.18am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Point just beyond Watch House
Norfolk probable Dartford Warbler Waxham in hawthorns 30yds north of Shangri-La chalet by Bide-a-wee cottage briefly 9am but no sign since
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines in SW corner along main track
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Cley at 8am
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipes Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh