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Friday 11th January 2019

On the sea today 58 Eiders, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 13 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers, singles of Black-throated and Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmars, a Shag, 4 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and a Guillemot were all recorded. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting early afternoon, and at least 6 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 4.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT from Teal Hide at 10am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still late morning in field right of road to Stokesby NR29 3DS
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes still at Toft Monks Mill on river bank towards Burgh Castle late morning (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh late morning (+Great White Egret)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still late morning on middle pit +showing well
Norfolk 18.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 25+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap inr roped-off area +juv.Glaucous Gull flew west (+32.Snow Buntings still. Red-necked Grebe on sea +4+Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still mid morning tho distant NR29 3DS
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Thurne in field north of road Clippesby at 9.35am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 9.30am flew east over beach east of beach car park
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still SE of footpath at south end of Burnt House Road
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still on beach east of beach car park at 9.07am
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB on Pit.3 at 8.15am