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Tuesday 5th February 2019

A ringtail Hen Harrier flew over the Pines near the Obs early morning and five Long-tailed Ducks and three Eider were noted on the sea. Eleven Twite were present in Thornham Harbour with a Stoat in partial Ermine and two Barn Owls also seen. 

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford again on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre TL.854.819
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still 2pm at Santon Warren 100yds east of St.Helen's picnic site TL.816.882
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 1.50pm near North Hide on dead seal on beach +showing well
Norfolk 14.Russian White-fronted Geese NE of Halvergate by Branch Road this a'noo
Norfolk 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 11.Twite Thornham Harbour still 12.20pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham in sugar beet field with 3,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay at 12,30pm +Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still midday near North Hide on dead seal on beach
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham Bay this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at midday tho elusive
Norfolk Great White Egret Brancaster on saltmarsh at 9.06am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Holkham Bay on sea at 11.11am +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap 200yds west of roped-off area at 11.20am (+45.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Holme Dunes flew south over pines at 10.20am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Brancaster Staithe over marsh at 10am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT at north end of East Bank at 9.55am
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Wells Woods 300yds west of beach car park at 9.30am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl just west of Wells in field by A149 at 9.42am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea +17.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv flew north over Snettisham RSPB again 8.20am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Volunteer Marsh +ringtail Hen Harrier flew west
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Brancaster flew west over golf course at 8.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 8.35a
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren south of railway +north of River Little Ouse TL.816.882
Norfolk 50.Snow Buntings y'day Cley still on beach