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Sunday 2nd December 2018

The sea was quiet today with 17 Eiders, 4 Common Scoters, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Gannet and 2 Guillemots recorded, but no further sign of yesterday's Black-necked Grebe.  A Merlin was near Thornham Harbour, and 6 Bearded Tits were near the sea wall corner with Stonechat and 3 Rock Pipits also noted.

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Norfolk probable Dusky Warbler 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen along path on west side near small pond at 2.30pm [heard only]. Use A149 layby, walk E +take f'path north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (1.male) Stiffkey mid a'noon
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey flew east past car park then south over Campsite Wood at 2.25pm
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest at 1.30pm TG.457.011
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male Sheringham still 1pm at east end of The Esplanade opposite play area on Burlington Hotel
Norfolk 10.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB from path off Burnt House Road at 12.05pm
Norfolk 20+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap at midday TF.896.458
Norfolk 9.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB on north side late morning
Norfolk 7+Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB on north side late morning
Norfolk 6+Velvet Scoters flew south past Gorleston-on-Sea 7.45am-9am
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB on north side at c10.50am
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Titchwell RSPB still 10.30am on beach at Thornham Point
Norfolk 4+Tundra Bean Geese south of Catfield still in 1st field by A149 viewed from old main road by A149 at 10.20am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew east past reception hide at c10.20am
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach at 10.05am
Norfolk 2.Greenland White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh mid morning with Greylag Geese
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB by main track mid morning
Norfolk c40.Snow Buntings Cley flew west past beach car park at 9.10am
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male Sheringham still at east end of The Esplanade opposite play area on Burlington Hotel mid morning