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Monday 11th February 2019

A beautiful day, almost like spring! A Red Kite flushed huge flocks of wildfowl and waders on the grazing marsh early afternoon, including 750+ Lapwings, 375 Golden Plovers, 225 Brent Geese, 450 Wigeon, 300 Starlings and 95 Curlew. Also of interest were a Rock Pipit over calling, 18 Ruff were counted and a young male Sparrowhawk was trapped and ringed.

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Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Clippesby. Short-eared Owl near river at Black Mill
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose +male Hen Harrier flew west
Norfolk 15+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (Great White Egret from Joe Jordan Hide +12.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area +showing well
Norfolk 14.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+c50.Snow Buntings still. Pale-bellied Brent Goose by Lady Anne's Drive)
Norfolk Bean Goose sp Winterton at Bramble Hill with Pink-footed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Grimston Warren at 10.17am +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach at 9.38am
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham then flew west
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham still in sugar beet field by lane at 8.51am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham on beach at 8.40am