HIGHLIGHTS: A Black-browed Albatross flew past Cley, Overstrand, Walcott and Happisburgh (6th) and Hunstanton and Scolt Head Island (8th). An Isabelline Wheatear, the fourth for Norfolk, was at Burnham Overy Dunes (from 22nd). A Desert Wheatear was there (22nd-26th), with a male at Salthouse (25th-29th). Black-throated Thrushes were at Trimingham (4th), Scolt Head Island (13th-14th) and Brancaster (23rd). A Pine Bunting was on Blakeney Point (24th). An Ortolan Bunting was at Burnham Overy Dunes (10th) and Holkham (12th). Eight Little Buntings were found. One or two Olive-backed Pipits were in Wells Woods (11th-17th), with a Greenish Warbler (4th) and Arctic Warbler (11th). Siberian Stonechats were at Thornham (9th) and Blakeney Point (20th-23rd). Seven Red-breasted Flycatchers were noted. A Red-footed Falcon was at Snettisham CP (2nd). A Corn Crake was on Scolt Head Island (13th). A Booted Warbler was at Scolt Head Island. Six Radde’s Warblers, at least 16 Dusky Warblers, 13 Pallas’s Warblers and five Barred Warblers were found. Yellow-browed Warblers were widely reported. A Wryneck was at Scratby (1st). A Hoopoe was at Kelling and Blakeney Point (21st). A Coue’s Arctic Redpoll was at Blakeney Point (12th). A Rose-coloured Starling was at Holt (4th) and Cley (8th). Eight Richard’s Pipits were noted. Shore Larks were widespread and included 60 at Holkham Gap. Twelve Great Grey Shrikes were seen. The Glossy Ibis remained at Strumpshaw Fen (to 2nd). A Cattle Egret flew in off the sea and was at Blakeney Freshmarsh and Cley Marshes (16th-17th). Two Dotterel were at Choseley (15th). Pectoral Sandpipers were at Titchwell (1st-10th and 28th). Forty-one tundra Bean Geese were at Hickling Broad (15th). A Red-necked Grebe was at Ormesby Little Broad (25th).
BREYDON WATER: Highlights included Grey Phalarope, Yellow-browed Warbler, Great White Egret, Rough-legged Buzzard and Cattle Egret. Marsh Harriers were present in good numbers. Peregrine and Buzzard were regular. Short-eared Owls were seen on five dates. There was a Ring Ouzel, Water Pipit and five Stonechats. Maxima included 22 Great Crested Grebes, 88 Little Egrets, 4,600 Pinkfeet, 44 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 207 Shelducks, 2,240 Wigeon, 500 Teal, 106 Pintails, 234 Shovelers, a Common Scoter, 317 Avocets, 63 Ringed Plovers, 14,000 Golden Plovers, 1,600 Lapwings, 129 Knot, 1,325 Black-tailed Godwits, 26 Bar-tailed Godwits, 620 Curlews, 1,100 Redshanks, two Jack Snipe and also a Curlew Sandpiper.
NOA HOLME BIRD OBSERVATORY: Maxima were two Richard’s Pipits, four Water Rails, two Greenshanks, a Peregrine, 10 Whinchats, 15 Red-throated Divers, seven Sooty Shearwaters, 30 Manx Shearwaters, 439 Gannets, five Pomarine Skuas, 35 Arctic Skuas, 88 Great Skuas, two Long-tailed Skuas, 17 Razorbills, five Guillemots, 27 Sandwich Terns, a Sabine’s Gull, 14 Kittiwakes, Little Gull, 1,500 Common Scoters, Black-throated Diver, two Great Grey Shrikes, 50 Swallows and four Yellow-browed Warblers. There were three Cetti’s Warblers, Garden Warbler, 250 Redwings, 200 Song Thrushes, 15 Mistle Thrushes, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Snow Bunting, five Spotted Redshanks, 40 Redshanks, two Short-eared Owls, Hawfinch, Goosander, Common Sandpiper, Med Gull, Great White Egret, 450 Goldcrests, 10 Bearded Tits, two Puffins, nine Snipe, three Tree Sparrows and seven Lapland Buntings. There were two Firecrests, three Ring Ouzels, 300 Robins, 15 redpolls, three Velvet Scoters, three Woodcocks, a Merlin, Jack Snipe, 31 Siskins, five Shore Larks, 70 Bramblings, 150 Chaffinches, three Spoonbills, a Long-tailed Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebes, six Eiders, 24 Waxwings, 3,000 Starlings, a Dusky Warbler, 50 Reed Buntings, five Water Pipits, Pallas’s Warbler, Black Redstart, Mealy Redpoll, Goshawk, 200 Linnets, Wood Lark, 2,000 Fieldfares, 22 Twite and two Crossbills.
CLEY AREA: Maxima were two Sooty Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, two Leach’s Petrels, four Long-tailed Skuas, three Caspian Gulls, eight Yellow-legged Gulls, three Yellow-browed Warblers, 14 Little Gulls, two Ring Ouzels, seven Jack Snipe, three Sabine’s Gulls, two Pomarine Skuas, a Grey Phalarope, Hawfinch, Black-throated Diver, Short-eared Owl, Velvet Scoter, Lapland Bunting, Great Grey Shrike, Great Northern Diver, Curlew Sandpiper, Snow Bunting, Dusky Warbler, Barred Warbler, Pallas’s Warbler, Black Brant, Mealy Redpoll, Woodlark, Twite, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, three Little Stints, 21 White-fronted Geese, a probable Eastern Yellow Wagtail, five tundra Bean Geese, a probable tundra-race Peregrine, two Cranes, two Little Auks, five Water Pipits and 12 Shore Larks.
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