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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Pal­lid Har­rier was in the Holkham area (from 24th). Sea­d­ucks in­cluded 310 Long-tailed Ducks off Holme and 115 Vel­vet Scot­ers, two Black-throated Divers, two Great North­ern Divers, six Slavo­nian Grebes and two Red-necked Grebes off Titch­well. A Black-necked Grebe was at Thorpe Marshes, with a Red-necked Grebe and Black-necked Grebe at Filby Broad. There was a huge count of 117 tun­dra Bean Geese at Brey­don Wa­ter (15th). Up to 40 Shore Larks were at Holkham Gap, with 31 at Bran­caster (7th), 25 at Titch­well (14th) and six at Blakeney Point (26th). The Lesser Whitethroat re­mained at Holme Dunes (to 14th). Great Grey Shrikes were south of Swaffham (11th-19th), at Nar Val­ley Fish­eries (13th-18th), Grimes Graves (from 26th), Cock­ley Cley Wood (from 27th) and Sparham Pools. The Rough-legged Buz­zard re­mained at Had­dis­coe Is­land. Sev­eral Glau­cous Gulls re­mained, mostly at coastal sites. The Ice­land Gull re­mained at Mautby Lodge. A Hooded Crow was there (to 18th) and at Aylmer­ton (26th).

BREY­DON WA­TER: High­lights in­cluded a Great White Egret, taiga Bean Goose (16th-18th), Glau­cous Gulls (11th and 18th), Goosanders (3rd and 24th) and a Guille­mot (11th). Marsh Har­ri­ers, Buz­zards, a Hen Har­rier, five Pere­grines, 12 Short-eared Owls and three Barn Owls hunted. There were eight Stonechats and a King­fisher. Max­ima in­cluded 12 Great Crested Grebes, 58 Lit­tle Egrets, 4,000 Pink­feet, 330 White­fronts, 12 dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, 17 Bar­na­cle Geese, 131 Shel­ducks, 10,000 Wi­geon, 631 Shov­el­ers, 2,000 Teal, 138 Pin­tails, 163 Bewick’s Swans, 878 Avo­cets, 72 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 12,300 Golden Plovers, 22,300 Lap­wings, 54 Grey Plovers, 37 Knot, 877 Curlews, 75 Bar-tailed God­wits, 910 Red­shanks and two Spot­ted Red­shanks. Num­bers of Black-tailed God­wits were well down.

NOA HOLME BIRD OB­SER­VA­TORY: Max­ima in­cluded a Mer­lin, Waxwing, Green­shank, Great Skua, Ra­zor­bill, Guille­mot, Avo­cet, Goosander, Ruff, La­p­land Bunting, Shag, Pere­grine, Bearded Tit, two Spot­ted Red­shanks, nine Snipe, three Rock Pip­its, 40 Twite, 18 Eiders, six Red-throated Divers, two Black-throated Divers, four Great North­ern Divers, two Red-necked Grebes, five Slavo­nian Grebes, two Cetti’s War­blers, two Red Kites, 40 Field­fares, two Bram­blings, four Scaup, four Gold­eneyes, 21 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, ten

Ful­mars, 25 Siskins, 65 Snow Buntings, nine Vel­vet Scot­ers and 11 Stonechats. NOA REDWELL MARSH: There was a Barn Owl, Wa­ter Rail, 60 Teal, 15 Snipe and two Chif­fchaffs. CLEY AREA: High­lights in­cluded two Glau­cous Gulls, a Siberian Chif­fchaff, Smew, La­p­land Bunting, Spoon­bill, five Vel­vet Scot­ers, two Long-tailed Ducks, 135 White-fronted Geese, four tun­dra Bean Geese and a Slavo­nian Grebe. Pete Al­lard, So­phie Barker (Nor­folk Or­nithol­o­gists’ As­so­ci­a­tion, www.noa.org.uk) and Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news, please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700 245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your tele­phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970, www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk

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