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Wednesday 16th January 2019

Fairly strong winds and rain in the afternoon limited activity somewhat. Offshore a drake Long-tailed Duck remained, along with around 50 Eiders, a Slavonian Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Fulmars west. Waders along the beach included 30 Oystercatchers, Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 5 Sanderlings and 17 Dunlin.

A male Stonechat was feeding along the East Bank, 5 Greenfinch were in the car park again and 17 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still + fem.Scaup
Norfolk 4 Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose 120+Russian White-fronted Goose +ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped off area (+20.Snow Buntings still and Black-throated Diver Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 70+ Snow Buntings Cley on beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier Stiffkey still
Norfolk 14+ Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park
Norfolk Long0tailed Duck Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on pits +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Blue Fulmar Sheringham this morning
Norfolk Waxwing midway between Titchwell and Thornham in head north of A149 at 2.38pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv till 12.40pm midway between beach car park and East Bank on dead seal then flew east
Norfolk 15. Common Cranes south of Repps at 1.46pm
Norfolk 2. Bean Goose sp Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 1.04pm
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 12.14pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still atBurnt House Road from path opposite Malthouse Lane at 10.50am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB at Tidal Pool
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea