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Monday 21st January 2019

On the sea today 6 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver and 8 Great Crested Grebes were offshore. A Barn Owl was hunting near the Broadwater and a Cetti's Warbler was calling in the reeds, with a male Stonechat also feeding along the east bank. Also of interest were a Water Rail, and 8 Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard circling high over the Obs in the middle of the day.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull (green-ringed) 1w Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR early a'noon
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Cley NWT again in roped-off area east of beach car park at 2.32pm
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT 1/2ml south of visitor centre. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret 1.5mls south of Welney WWT still this a'noon by New Bedford River south of A1101 at 11.20am +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse on shingle east of Gramborough Hill at 2.28pm
Norfolk 14.Twite Thornham Harbour still 1.30pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham in tree by road at 1pm then flew west TF.743.423
Norfolk no sign of Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes at Toft Monks wind pump this morning (but Short-eared Owl still)
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB this morning +Little Stint Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +drk.Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still midway between beach car park +East Bank on dead seal
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe 3.Long-tailed Ducks. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh. Spotted Redshank still on Volunteer Marsh
Norfolk no sign of any redhead Smew Rollesby Broad from fishing platform late morning
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still midday on Ormesby Little Broad from bridge just east of car park. 2.redhead Smew from viewpoint
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NE corner
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Friends Hide at 10.50am tho distant (+2.Great White Egrets still. Cattle Egret flew south over visitor centre) PE14 9TN
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at 10.50am
Norfolk no sign of 2w.Kumlien's Gull Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre
Norfolk Kumlien's Gull 2w on Saturday Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre (for 2nd day) (not Iceland Gull) [redidentified from photographs]
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewpoint mid morning +redhead Smew
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks
Norfolk 58.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area at 9.50am TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water at Lumps at 9.39am
Norfolk 2+Velvet Scoters Weybourne on sea
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) Rollesby Broad from fishing platform
Norfolk no sign of Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad