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21st February 2009

The day started well, having got back to North Walsham on the train, dad pointed out an area where he had seen Black Redstart for the past few days. Sure enough, good views were obtained. This sighting wasn't put out as the site is private. Later Adam's brother took us out for some dirty twitching. This paid off with distant views of my second Cattle Egret, but we were out of luck with the ever elusive Dipper. At Letheringsett Water Mill a sign read "No twitchers!" Fine, we didn't want to see your crappy water mill anyway. To be fair, it must be annoying thinking you've finally got a vistitor, only to see them scan the river then leave. At Bayfield estate we saw a smart Grey Wagtail, before I saw a long-overdue Common Buzzard soaring overhead.

Elsewhere in Norfolk, Hooded Crow, Penduline Tit, Red Kite and a White Stork (great sighting or terrible misidentification?) were seen, but hey, where's the fun in just twitching everything?

Year list 133 species

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