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Thursday 20th December 2018

Highlights today included 64 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Common Scoters, a drake Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver and 3 Great Crested Grebes. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was seen mid morning at Thornham and a Barn Owl was hunting at the east end of Holme village early afternoon.

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Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory +White Stork still (+7.Russian White-fronted Geese still +Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Gorleston on sea near yellow buoy at 12.17pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk 20+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltings (+100.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk 1+Shorelark Holkham Bay still on saltings (+1+Snow Bunting 6.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT flew over cafe
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB but no sign of redhead Smew
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again 7.25am then flew off
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from river bank beyond windpump at 9.09am tho distant
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Marsh