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Sunday 27th January 2019

Seawatching this morning produced 5 Eiders, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars, 2 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, and a juvenile Pom Skua passing west offshore. The Twite flock of 14+ birds was still at Thornham Harbour and a Water Pipit was also reported.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still c3.15pm SW of Choseley in hedge by road to Thornham Corner TF.750.405
Norfolk Night Heron 1w just NW of Filby at Ormesby Little Broad at SW end flew from ditch by public footpath at 2pm TG.461.137
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Sculthorpe Moor NR viewable from boardwalk to scrape at 2.54pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still SW of Choseley in hedge by road to Thornham Corner at 1.30pm TF.750.405
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +2.Great White Egrets 8.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS (form exilipes) still Wells Woods c2/3ml west of The Dell in birches south of track at 12.50pm with Mealy Redpolls TF.899.455
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 12.30pm Wells Woods west of The Dell in birches south of track then flew east with c30.Mealy Redpolls
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad again from platform late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on pools by A149
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham harbour +14.Twite still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk 21+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham NNR still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still c250yds east of north end of East Bank on carcass at 10.30am
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still Wells Woods on SW side of The Dell with Mealy Redpolls then flew west
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3 TF.648.317
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Holme
Norfolk 22.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 8.45am (+60.Snow Buntings still)