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Saturday 19th January 2018

A Peregrine was sitting on the beach later morning and at least 3 Barn Owls were hunting the grazing marshes at the end of the afternoon. A pair of Stonechats were along the east bank and 14 Twite were in Thornham Harbour. A single Black-tailed Godwit was with the Wigeon flock and a Cetti's Warbler was heard near the Broadwater Hide.

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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 2.22pm west of East Bank on beach
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest briefly TG.457.011
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Cley east of beach car park
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell stil.l 1.44pm south of Choseley drying barns in ploughed field by pig field
Norfolk Hen Harrier Choseley over pig field at 1.43pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell again south of Choseley drying barns flew west over pig fields at 1.15pm
Norfolk no sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) Wells Woods in The Dell by early a'noon (but Mealy Redpoll)
Norfolk 22.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham NNR north of A149 in grass field at 12.17pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 12.10pm midway between beach car park +East Bank on dead seal
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Staithe on freshmarsh viewed from harbour car park at 12.03pm
Norfolk 14.Twite Thornham at 12.05pm tho mobile
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Brancaster at 11.51am
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Ludham still
Norfolk 35.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in buckthorn by roped-off area this a'noon
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll still 10.45am Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders from Volunteer Hide
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner near gate at 10.30am +showing well
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w still Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre
Norfolk 19.Common Cranes Clippesby still in field north of Thurne Road
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still midway between beach car park +East Bank on dead seal
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders from Volunteer Hide at 9am
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Morston at east end of saltmarsh at 8.45am
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters flew west past Cley

Friday 18th January 2019
Highlights at Holme today were 2 Barnacle Geese in with the Pink-feet, 55 Eiders, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, and a Red-necked Grebe on the sea, a ring-tail Hen Harrier, 2 Bearded Tits and 13 Twite.