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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.

So­phie Barker, Pete Al­lard and Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 3336946 or 07941 333 970. www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­

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