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Sunday 16th December 2018

On the sea today highlights were 83 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 88 Eiders, 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmars, a Gannet, 20 Great Crested Grebes and a Razorbill. A Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owls were also noted, with a Cetti's Warbler calling near the Broadwater, a Merlin near the harbour and 12 Twite also still present.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in scrub from Tower Hide at 11.55am tho distant NR13 4HS
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 12.05pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Welney WWT still +White Stork. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml SSE of Waxham at Walnut Farm with Pink-footed Geese cTG.451.246 NR12 0EG
Norfolk 23.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+Long-tailed Duck)
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+60.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe 4.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea at 10.30am)Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 18.Bewick's Swans 1ml west of Sea Palling on pool opposite Boundary Farm +15.Whooper Swans TG.411.269
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Catfield by A149
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +7.Long-tailed Ducks. 2.Water Pipits on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again over Volunteer Marsh