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COVID-19 Restrictions on NOA Reserves Further to the announcement of a second lockdown in order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the NOA must once again close all hides on its nature reserves from 5th November. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit. We are very grateful for your understanding and support.

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 30th November 2020

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Norfolk Cattle Egret ESE of Claxton at Langley Green opposite Monks Terrace at 3.15pm
Norfolk 72.Little Gulls y'day flew SE past Mundesley 7.15-11.15am +Short-eared Owl flew NW
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Billockby in field this morning with Pink-footed Geese (12+Common Cranes Thurne in field tho distant)
Norfolk 25.Russian White-fronted Geese California in fields at 10.30am
Norfolk 38.Bewick's Swans flew west over Cley NWT 8.30-11am +White-fronted Goose 2.Slav Grebes ad.Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh flew over saltmarsh at Agar Creek at 3pm
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction at 10.18am TG.041.433
Norfolk 9.Bewick's Swans (8.ads) Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR flew south over Great Snare Hill at 10.10am
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.06am
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose juv Winterton on beach near car park
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton 1ml north of Beach Road on beach between groynes.55 +56 at 9am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still 1ml north of Beach Road on beach between groynes.55 +56 at 8.50am
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey
Norfolk 36.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day flew past California +84.Scaup flew south +46.Little Gulls flew south


Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 29th November 2020

A dreary overcast day with drizzle developing pm, a group of 10 and another of 23 Whooper Swans flew west during the afternoon, 5 Goosander flew west, 2 Bearded Tits were near the Broadwater and 2 Bramblings were on the feeders near the Richardson hide.

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Norfolk Great White Egret c1/2ml SE of Billockby by Muck Fleet late morning TG.433.125
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Breydon Water from hide
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still 2pm c1/2ml south of Horsey by Horsey Straight (+c55.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose south of Horsey by Horsey Straight this a'noon (+c80.Russian White-fronted Geese 26.Whooper Swans over)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay still +3.Great Northern Divers 5.Scaup
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley at The Quay late morning cTG.044.439
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ingham opposite Boundary Farm with 24.Whooper Swans. 26.Whooper or Bewick's Swans flew north over Winterton early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ingham opposite Boundary Farm with 24.Whooper Swans. 26.Whooper or Bewick's Swans flew north over Winterton early a'noon
Norfolk c45.Snow Buntings Holkham Gap
Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse at 12.15pm (+20.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) still 12.10pm Winterton North Beach 1/2ml north of huts then 1.flew north towards groynes TG.489.213
Norfolk no sign of drk.Red-breasted Merg Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes on St.Andrew's Broad
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Eccles on beach at North Gap
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls Winterton North Beach c1ml north of beach car park late morning TG.489.213
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction TG.041.433
Norfolk Black Redstart y'day Thornham Point on beach at 3.30pm
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB in reedbed south of Island Hide. ad.Bewick's Swan still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk Velvet Scoter 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne off Spalla Gap
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv still Winterton North Beach at 10.05am (+Caspian Gull)
Norfolk Great White Egret Wymondham still near abbey by River Tiffey


Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 28th November 2020

A dull day but a noticable fall of Blackbirds took place with over 100 recorded, together with a single Waxwing in the poplar at the entrance to the NOA reserve, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrushes a Redwing and a Mistle Thrush. At least 8 Bramblings were also present with 2 on the feeders near the Richardson hide. Ringing produed 24 new Blackbirds and a male Brambling was also trapped early afternoon.

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Norfolk Red-breasted Merg drk Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes on St.Andrew's Broad at 2.40pm
Norfolk Red-breasted Merg drk Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes on St.Andrew's Broad at 2.40pm
Norfolk 13.Snow Buntings flew west over Weybourne Camp this morning +drk.Velvet Scoter on sea
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still c1.40pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad then flushed
Norfolk 2.Ravens Winterton South Beach
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods c300yds west of drinking pool with tit flock tho mobile
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings on Wednesday Happisburgh
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Winterton North Beach near groyne.57
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk c40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle near east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT flew in off sea at beach car park then along fence to east at 9.10am
Norfolk Great White Egret Wymondham between Little Melton Road +Barnham Broom Road at 8.20am then flew towards sewage works
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still on beach
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB still


Holme Bird Observatory Friday 27th November 2020

Highlights today included 3 Eiders, 400 Common Scoters, 2 Velvet Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Goosander, and 6 Red-throated Divers offshore. A Bewick's Swan was on the grazing marsh and a Woodcock was also noted. Two Bearded Tits were along the east bank and a Brambling and 3 Redpoll sp were also noted.

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Norfolk Bewick's Swan Holme NOA on marsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Upton Broad at 1.05pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp 8.25-12.15pm (+2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk 30+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB this morning but no sign of Siberian Chiffchaff beyond Hassingham Beck
Norfolk 30+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB this morning but no sign of Siberian Chiffchaff beyond Hassingham Beck
Norfolk 6.Bewick's Swans west of Sea Palling on flood by Stalham Road this a'noon
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk Waxwing just SE of Cley in farmyard at 1.36pm then flew NW
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still this a'noon in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction +showing well TG.041.433
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley off beach car park +Jack Snipe flew over
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction at 11.34am TG.041.433
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Horsey on beach near Nelson Head track in seal colony late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Brancaster Staithe
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.31am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still on beach by sheds at 8.55am then flew north
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Blakeney over saltmarsh


Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 26th November 2020

Highlights today included at least two Bearded Tits around the Broadwater, the immature female Peregrine again on and around the Grazing Marsh, a Snow Bunting west along the beach and single Woodcock and Bullfinch.

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Norfolk c4.Black-throated Divers (3.ads) Holkham Bay +3.Great Northern Divers (1.ad) Velvet Scoter

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad this a'noon. Use Filby Bridge car park +walk north to viewpoint TG.460.142

Norfolk BLACK-THROATED THRUSH fem y'day Weybourne in garden briefly in morning but no further sign by midday today

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still c400yds north of concrete blocks on beach at 10am

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Dersingham Bog at 11.09am

Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton (not Burnham Overy Marshes)

Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton (not Burnham Overy Marshes)

Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes

Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still

Norfolk 3.Scaup (all 1w) still Ranworth Broad NWT from visitor centre boardwalk +3.Swallows briefly

Norfolk 3.Black-throated Divers (all ads) Holkham Bay +2.Great Northern Divers 2+Slav Grebes

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.02am

Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Old Hunstanton still on beach

Norfolk 18.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB

Norfolk 18.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB


Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 25th November 2020

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Norfolk Water Pipit Heacham South Beach +Bittern
Norfolk 4.Bewick's Swans Sea Palling still in field opposite Heath Farm
Norfolk 17.Common Cranes flew over Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.48am
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Hassingham by River Yare at 10.14am TG.364.043
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cantley Marshes RSPB at 9.41am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton in field east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction at 10.06am TG.041.433
Norfolk no news on Iceland Gull Winterton [report today was erroneous]
Norfolk Iceland Gull Winterton north of concrete blocks tho mobile

 

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 24th November 2020

A dry but rather breezy day, highlights included a Kingfisher, 2 Great White Egrets and 6 Twite at Thornham Harbour, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers in Thornham Channel, a Bearded Tit, 3 Rock Pipits, 2 Bullfinches and a Siskin were also of note.

 

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Norfolk 19.Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach

Norfolk 3.Scaup (all 1w) still Ranworth Broad NWT from visitor centre boardwalk

Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour still by boats. 2.Great White Egrets on saltmarsh at 12.20pm

Norfolk 15.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still +Great White Egret

Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again flew to roost late a'noon

Norfolk 83.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Cantley Marsh RSPB still +Great White Egret

Norfolk Cattle Egret flew west over Thornham at 12.33pm

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv south of Cley again west of Glandford Road in flooded field north of Bridgefoot Lane this a'noon TG.046.428

Norfolk 4.Bewick's Swans (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh briefly 7.26am then flew west. Long-tailed Duck still just west of north end of East Bank on pool

Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still

Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water still

Norfolk c25.Snow Buntings east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area at 11.29am

Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Snettisham RSPB on beach just south of sailing club at 10.52am

Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach c300yds east of beach car park at 10.44am TG.050.452

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.06am

Norfolk no sign of juv.Lesser Yellowlegs south of Cley west of Glandford Road in flooded field north of Bridgefoot Lane by 8.02am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 23rd November 2020

A Sea watch on the high tide during the early afternoon, produced two dark phased juvenile Pomarine Skuas, two Red-throated Divers and a Kittiwake.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew east past Stiffkey Creek at 1.05pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 1.27pm
Norfolk no further sign of Glossy Ibis Cley NWT by 2.17pm
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv south of Cley still 2.25pm west of Glandford Road in flooded field north of Bridgefoot Lane TG.0466.427
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv south of Cley still 1.51pm west of Glandford Road in 1st field north of Bridgefoot Lane then flew south towards Holt TG.0466.427
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Cley NWT landed near hide on marsh east of Walsey Hills NOA viewed from East Bank
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT flew in off the sea by West Bank
Norfolk no sign of ad.male.Desert Wheatear 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill this morning cTG.086.441
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv south of Cley still 12.34pm west of Glandford Road in 1st field north of Bridgefoot Lane TG.0466.427
Norfolk 3+Waxwings y'day Cromer in garden on west side at Barclay Close (for 2nd day)
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Cley in flooded field west of Glandford Road at 11.15am
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.32am
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Old Hunstanton on beach at 11.02am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv again Cley NWT on pools by footpath by A149 early morning then flew
Norfolk 4.Whooper Swans (2.ads) Holkham Freshmarsh from Lady Anne's Drive at 9.27am
Norfolk 4.Whooper Swans (2.ads) Cley NWT flew west at 8.25am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 22nd November 2020

On the sea today 400+ Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 3 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 10 Gannets, 9 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Guillemots were seen. A Bar-headed Goose of suspicious origins was on the grazing marsh once again, and a Peregrine was in Thornham Harbour, a Stonechat was on the east bank, and single Siskin and Crossbill flew over the pines calling.

 

A Peacock butterfly was near the Observatory around midday.

 

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Norfolk unconfirmed report of Waxwing SE of Brancaster at Barrow Common

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR again 3.35pm

Norfolk Black Brant ad Warham Greens on saltmarsh at 1.14pm

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes tho distant

Norfolk Great White Egret Haddiscoe Island

Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers (both ads) Holkham Bay +Red-necked Grebe 4.Great Northern Divers. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea. c20.Snow Buntings in roped-off area briefly

Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh

Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 flew over Walsey Hills NOA late morning

Norfolk 40+Twite Blakeney at Chapel Pool

Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still at east end of Arnold's Marsh on shingle ridge

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight still mid a'noon just south of A47 300yds west of Tunstall Bridge TG.424.095

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Cley NWT still just west of north end of East Bank on pool

Norfolk Grey Phal still 1.44pm Cley NWT just west of West Bank midway along Beach Road on pools by sluices

Norfolk Hen Harrier male near Massingham Heath over fields then flew west

Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT still at south end of Beach Road +showing well

Norfolk Grey Phal Cley just west of West Bank midway along Beach Road on pools by sluices at 12.38pm

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still this a'noon 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill [was singing y'day] cTG.086.441

Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Sea Palling still in fields opposite Heath Farm at midday

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT flew west along beach at 9.25am (Black-throated Diver offshore. 2.Great Northern Divers flew past. 6.Snow Buntings flew west past Beach Hotel)

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight again just south of A47 300yds west of Tunstall Bridge at c10.50am TG.424.095

Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Burgh Castle over marsh at 10.27am

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill cTG.086.441

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew south past Happisburgh at 8am +drifted inland

Norfolk 9.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still

Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR

Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Haddiscoe Marsh

Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Cantley Marsh RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 21st November 2020

On the sea today a drake Eider, 28 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar, a Great Crested Grebe and a single Slavonian Grebe were all noted. The Great White Egret flew over the back of the marsh during the morning.

 

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Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still mid a'noon in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school TG.220.157

Norfolk Black Brant ad reported Wells on saltmarsh early morning

Norfolk 22.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh again flew from roost +5.Great White Egrets still

Norfolk Black Redstart Burnham Overy still by harbour car park

Norfolk Great Northern Diver Cley NWT flew west past beach car park +17.Snow Buntings flew west

Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey east of road near Horsey Mill

Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +Great White Egret still

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cley NWT in Eye Field +Pale-bellied Brent Goose 14.Snow Buntings

Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning +4.Velvet Scoters

Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans just north of Sea Palling still opposite Heath Farm then flew off

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still early a'noon in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school TG.220.157

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Flitcham over field south of Abbey Farm at 10.15am

Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Cley NWT off beach car park: 1.on sea at 8.10am, 1.flew west at 10.27am. Also 3.Velvet Scoters

Norfolk Caspian Gull ad just east of Filby in field from layby on Pound Lane at 11am

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school at c10.45am TG.220.157

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Cley NWT just west of north end of East Bank on pool. 3.Snow Buntings on shingle ridge north of Arnold's Marsh

Norfolk 25+Snow Buntings Winterton at beach

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill cTG.086.441

Norfolk 3.Scaup (all 1w) still Ranworth Broad NWT from visitor centre boardwalk

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Snettisham RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 19th November 2020

Sea watching was very much the activity of the day, though the wind whilst from the right direction, was nowhere  near as strong as predicted. Totals for the morning (08.30-1200) included 550 Common Scoter, 34 Great-crested Grebes, 24 Bonxies, 4 Arctic and 2 Pomarine Skuas, 17 Little Gulls, 15 Gannets,12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Pintail, 7 Red-throated, 3 Great Northern and one Black-throated Diver and a Red-necked Grebe. A grand total of 724 Kittiwakes were counted, with the probability many were missed as they appeared to be arriving and entering the wash from the North. A count of fifty Snipe was made early morning as the high tide flooded the saltmarsh at Thornham, forcing them to take flight.

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Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still 2.55pm in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school TG.220.157
Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still this a'noon
Norfolk Pom Skua juv Cley off coastguards
Norfolk 10.Pom Skuas flew past Sheringham 6.30am-2pm (+6.Great Northern Divers 2.Puffins. 2.Red-necked Grebes flew east +2.Velvet Scoters flew east)
Norfolk no news on Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith since late morning
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Cley NWT flew past beach car park 7.45am-1pm +Slav Grebe 5.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still this a'noon 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill cTG.086.441
Norfolk Pom Skua juv flew east past Weybourne Camp 7.30am-11am (++Red-necked Grebe flew west +3.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew east over Weybourne Camp (+Snow Bunting flew west)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew north past Heacham South Beach 8.30am-11am +Great Northern Diver 2.Scaup
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters flew past Sheringham 6.45-11.30am
Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith (for 4th day)
Norfolk reported White-billed Diver Cley NWT was a Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 11.12am
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas (both juvs) flew past Sheringham 7am-11am (+5.Great Northern Divers Puffin 465.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv still Cley NWT on North Scrape at c10am
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill cTG.086.441
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley NWT flew west past beach car park +drk.Long-tailed Duck. Great Northern Diver on sea near wreck
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER y'day 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp just east of 5-bar gate TG.1016.4313

 

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 18th November 2020

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Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Clippesby in field with Pink-footed Gees (+23.Common Cranes)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley on beach by car park this morning then flew west
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common at SE corner 100yds west of south end of Caxton Park in willows opposite bench under oak at 10.34am (+Siberian Chiffchaff still) TG.165.421
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew SE past Mundesley at 10.55am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley on beach by car park
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.24am
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge at 8.25am +showing well cTG.086.441
Norfolk Great Northern Diver y'day flew NW past Mundesley
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER y'day 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp just east of 5-bar gate at 3.45pm TG.1016.4313

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 17th November 2020

Sea watching this morning produced counts of seven Gannets, two Red-throated Divers and the distant flock of Common Scoter plus two Snow Buntings flying west along the beach.

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Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 2.56pm 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge +showing well cTG.086.441
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Bacton at Cable Gap
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still
Norfolk 25.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley still at Church Lane at White Cottage
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common at SE corner 100yds west of south end of Caxton Park in willows opposite bench under oak at 12.29pm (+Siberian Chiffchaff still) TG.165.42
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley NWT off beach car park at 12.35pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Clippesby
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still late morning 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill TG.086.441
Norfolk WHITE-BELLIED STORM PETREL Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 9.38am (no sign past Sheringham 10am-11.20am)
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Salthouse mid morning
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp just east of 5-bar gate at 9.55am TG.1016.4313
MEGA Norfolk BLACK-BELLIED or WHITE-BELLIED STORM PETREL Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 9.38am
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill TG.086.441
Norfolk Pom Skua y'day flew SE past Mundesley 7am-10am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 16th November 2020

Seawatching today produced 400 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, and 2 Great Crested Grebes, while 6 adult Little Gulls passed east. A Red Kite drifted over and 400 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Merlin, a Chiffchaff, 3 Stonechats, 2 Bullfinches, 6 Twite and a Bar-headed Goose were of interest around the recording area.

 

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Norfolk Cattle Egret between Acle +Billockby tho distant +15.Common Cranes

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh

Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn at 1.51pm

Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both males) flew east past Morston 11am-1.45pm

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still this a'noon 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge +showing well TG.086.441

Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +2.Great White Egrets still +10.Common Cranes flew over

Norfolk 19+Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh at NW corner

Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.55am

Norfolk Water Pipit Haddiscoe Marsh

Norfolk Iceland Gull Cley flew west over beach car park at 10.25am

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common at SE corner 100yds west of south end of Caxton Park in willows opposite bench under oak early morning tho elusive (+Siberian Chiffchaff still) TG.165.421

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 10.25am 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill +showing well TG.086.441

Norfolk Spoonbill 1w Breydon Water still at east end

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill at 8am

Holme Bird Observatory 15th November 2020

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Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Welney WWT

Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh still

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 12.18pm Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on north side. Follow COVID-19 guidelines TG.086.441

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew past Sheringham +Great Northern Diver

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still

Norfolk 20+Twite Cley NWT on saltmarsh off West Bank

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows opposite bench under oak at 11am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.57am

Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Salthouse by Beach Road this morning

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge mid morning +showing well. Follow COVID-19 guidelines TG.086.441

Norfolk Great Northern Diver ad flew west past Cley at c9.35am

Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Mundesley flew SE in morning

Norfolk Great Northern Diver juv Cley on sea off Beach Hotel 8.10am-c8.20am then flew west

Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets y'day Welney WWT still

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 14th November 2020

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse (+Great Northern Diver)

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still 1.15pm Salthouse on shingle ridge just west of Gramborough Hill. Follow COVID-19 guidelines

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wymondham at Tolls Meadow near bridge at 12.55pm [heard only]

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still c12.05pm Salthouse on shingle ridge just west of Gramborough Hill. Follow COVID-19 guidelines

Norfolk Pom Skua Cley NWT flew past beach car park (+Great Northern Diver)

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still 10.30am Salthouse on shingle ridge just west of Gramborough Hill

Norfolk 2.Ravens flew west over Salthouse then SW over Morston Quay at 10.20am

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp TG.1016.4313

Norfolk 30.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male till c8.50am Salthouse on north side of Gramborough Hill then flew west +no further sign by 9.25am

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still c8.45am Salthouse on north side of Gramborough Hill viewed from beach

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows opposite bench under oak at 7.30am

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male again Salthouse at Gramborough Hill early morning then flew east along shingle +no further sign by 7.40am

Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 13th November 2020

On the sea today 28 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Gannets and 2 Guillemots. An Avocet was a surprise on the beach and 60 Golden Plover, 37 Black-tailed Godwits and 200+ Lapwings were on the freshmarsh. A Merlin was seen near the wind pump. A pair of Bearded Tits were near the Broadwater and 4 Bullfinches were of note with 7 Snow Buntings on the beach near the Golf Course.

 

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Upton Marshes NWT still by Upton Dyke south of Tall Mill Drainage Mill viewed from riverbank

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still early a'noon at Beeston Common in willows opposite bench under oak (+Siberian Chiffchaff still +showing well)

Norfolk Little Auk Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 11.33am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth North Beach

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp +Lapland Bunting flew east (+Great Northern Diver on sea) TG.1016.4313

Norfolk 8+Ravens Burnham Overy Marshes from dunes just west of west end of Holkham Pines at 10.15am

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows opposite bench under oak at 7.30am (+Siberian Chiffchaff still)

Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +2.Great White Egrets still

Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Felbrigg Hall NT

Norfolk Velvet Scoter y'day flew south past California 7.05-10.05am

Norfolk Spoonbill 1w Breydon Water still at east end

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 12th November 2020

A somewhat uneventful day, the highlights ,the immature Peregrine again over the grazing marsh disturbing on occasion the flock of around 600 Golden Plover present on there. At least two calling Bearded Tits were along the edge of the reeds by the Heligoland trap.

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Norfolk 6+Ravens Burnham Overy Marshes still 2.52pm from A149 layby tho distant
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Morston Quay on saltmarsh by NT kiosk mid a'noon
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham at end of breakwater No.2 at 12.09pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Mundesley flew in off sea at 1pm
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still 1.12pm at Beeston Common in willows in willows opposite bench under oak (+Siberian Chiffchaff still)
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side this a'noon tho elusive TG.1016.4313
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings flew east over Weybourne Camp (+Black-throated Diver)
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach this morning +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 12+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes viewable from A149 late morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Cley +juv.Pom Skua flew east (+ringtail Hen Harrier +Velvet Scoter flew west)
Norfolk 7.Ravens Burnham Overy Marshes at 11.31am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows at 8am [report of Siberian Chiffchaff was erroneous]
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows at 8am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Ravens Holkham Pines flew east over west end at 10.36am
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.08am
Norfolk Spoonbill 1w Breydon Water still from South Wall near pumphouse at 10.14am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne just north of Muckleburgh Hill still in hedge by airfield at 8.06am
Norfolk 20+Snow Buntings y'day Titchwell RSPB still on tideline at Thornham Point at 2.17pm then flew SE

 

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 11th November 2020

A Spoonbill feeding in the harbour channel at Thornham this morning was a surprise find and at least one Bearded Tit was present calling in the reeds alongside Thornham Bank. A young Peregrine spent most of the day upsetting the wildfowl on the grazing marsh and was seen to snatch and fly of with a Starling at one point. 

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Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew west past beach car park (fem.Scaup flew east. Jack Snipe east of North Scrape)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley at Church Lane at White Cottage at 2.30pm
Norfolk Serin Upton in field opposite 32.Marsh Road at 2.40pm then flew
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still on beach by Rocket House at 1.58pm
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 2.26pm
Norfolk 9.Twite Thornham Harbour by coal barn at 2.14pm
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy in cattle field SE of A149 300yds SSW of mill at 1.15pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Weybourne flew east over Muckleburgh Hill this a'noon
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still 1.12pm at Weybourne Camp on south edge in bracken hedge near runway +showing well
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still in bracken hedge this a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne at Weybourne Camp on south edge in bracken hedge near runway this a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler 1.5mls SW of Bintree at Bintree Woods on west side 1/3ml north of Green Lane TF.998.221
Norfolk Spoonbill 1w Breydon Water still from South Wall
Norfolk Short-eared Owl between Acle +Billockby from metal barn at 11.35am
Norfolk no sign of any Glossy Ibises Acle Straight in flooded field from Tunstall Dyke footpath TG.425.093
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes in field west of Marsh House Farm at 10.45am tho mobile +Great White Egret. 5.Ravens Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham NNR still at Meals House at 11.25am
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Harbour in channel

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 10th November 2020

A somewhat mixed day weather wise, a wet start with a sunny finish. Highlights today included a Treecreeper in the Pines by the Observatory, not a common bird on the site, plus a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Flyover Brambling (2), Redpoll (6) and Siskin were all noted, a male Goldeneye flew over the Broadwater and a Kingfisher was near the Sluice along Thornham Bank. Five Twite were still present in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Snow Bunting Waxham
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Waxham west of main road
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at west end
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew over Breydon Water
Norfolk 14.Snow Buntings Eccles still on beach at North Gap
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises still Acle Straight in flooded field from Tunstall Dyke footpath at 11.25am then flew west +appeared to land near Acle TG.425.093
Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham Harbour still on moorings by creek
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER y'day Weybourne on fence between north side of Weybourne Camp +Muckleburgh Hill at 3pm
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w Weybourne flew over Muckleburgh Airfield +appeared to land near radar station at c10.30am
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.05am
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on Saturday 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills +DUSKY WARBLER (+Y-br.Wblr) TF.925.458
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w still north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow flew from field north of pool towards metal gate
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Hingham still on Seamere Fen viewed north from Deopham Road tho distant
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham NNR still along main track 300yds west of Lady Anne's Drive at 8.10am then moved NW

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 9th November 2020

A foggy start but mild with some sunshine later, it was another day of thrush migration with 300 Blackbirds, 150+ Redwings, 6 Fieldfares and 4 Song Thrushes recorded around the reserve and passing overhead. On the sea 9 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Divers, a Gannet and 6 Great Crested Grebes were the only birds of note but around the grazing marshes 35 Black-tailed Godwits and a Spotted Redshank were seen, with 6 also Snipe seen. Other birds of interest included a female Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 5 Redpolls and 7 Siskins.

 

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Norfolk Dartford Wblr male north of Stiffkey Campside car park at Stiffkey Binks at 3.40pm

Norfolk Long-tailed duck Holkham Bay +4+Great Northern Divers 2.Slav Grebes

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham NNR along main track 500yds west of Lady Anne's Drive at 2.20pm with tit flock (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marsh still from north end of Halvergate Branch Road SW of railway bridge

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight in field south of A47

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Salthouse on Swan Pool by Iron Road at 1.38pm (+Little Stint)

Norfolk no sign of 1w.Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow this morning

Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER y'day Blakeney Point +DUSKY WARBLER Richard's Pipit

Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Wells Woods +no sign of Pallas's Warbler

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Buxton Heath at 12.25pm

Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach near North Scrape at 11.11am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.54am

Norfolk Firecrest Waxham 1/2ml south of Shangri-La at end of bushes at 10am

Norfolk Dartford Wblr male north of Stiffkey Campside car park at Stiffkey Binks at 3.40pm

Norfolk Long-tailed duck Holkham Bay +4+Great Northern Divers 2.Slav Grebes

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham NNR along main track 500yds west of Lady Anne's Drive at 2.20pm with tit flock (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marsh still from north end of Halvergate Branch Road SW of railway bridge

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight in field south of A47

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Salthouse on Swan Pool by Iron Road at 1.38pm (+Little Stint)

Norfolk no sign of 1w.Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow this morning

Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER y'day Blakeney Point +DUSKY WARBLER Richard's Pipit

Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Wells Woods +no sign of Pallas's Warbler

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Buxton Heath at 12.25pm

Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach near North Scrape at 11.11am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.54am

Norfolk Firecrest Waxham 1/2ml south of Shangri-La at end of bushes at 10am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 8th November 2020

A movement of Blackbirds, Fieldfares and Redwings was noted today with several mixed flocks dropping onto the reserve. A total of 66 birds were ringed including a Great Spotted Woodpecker, female Blackcap and a pair of Bearded Tits. Two Crossbills flew over east calling.
 
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Norfolk Great Northern Diver Salthouse on sea at Gramborough Hill at 3.22pm
Norfolk Black-throated Diver West Runton on sea at 3.26pm
Norfolk 40+Snow Buntings Cley NWT near Arnold's Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich flew west over Red Bridge Park
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Eccles mid a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods 400yds west of drinking pool just south of main track by metal gate at 2.45pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marsh still from north end of Halvergate Branch Road SE of railway bridge at 2.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still on Seamere Fen viewed north from Deopham Road at midday
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still 1.10pm on The Wash
Norfolk Bewick's Swan just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at midday. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans East Somerton in flooded field just south of Holmes Road
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham RSPB still between 2.posts by creek at 11.40am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Sheringham flew west at 11.45am
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Horsey Corner this morning +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 11.18am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew east past Weybourne Camp 7.45-9.45am +2.Snow Buntings
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Hunstanton Cliffs on sea at 12.10pm
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still this a'noon Wells Woods by main track at SE corner of The Dell
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burgh Castle on riverbank 600yds west of church then flew north but no sign of Glossy Ibis
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley at beach car park. Long-tailed Duck flew past coastguards early morning +2.Black-throated Divers Puffin Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 7.Scaup (2.drks) Hunstanton off beach +2.Velvet Scoters
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton still by Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Salthouse again by Iron Road (+Little Stint still)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Puffin flew east past Kelling at 9.31am +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w still 10.40am north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w still 9.30am north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Wells Woods by track c150yds from entrance
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley in village
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w agan north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane at 8.21am
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane by 8.15am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day California in morning
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Cantley Marsh RSPB still
Norfolk 2+Common Cranes y'day Hickling Broad NWT still late a'noon
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings y'day Happisburgh at coastguards. Lapland Bunting near lighthouse

Holme Bird Observatory 7th November 2020


Another fine clear day. A Water Pipit was trapped and colour-ringed, and on the sea 44 Red-breasted Mergansers passed west, with 12 Eider, 18 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Divers, and 6 Great Crested Grebes recorded. Three Water Rails were heard and a Greenshank was of interest, with a Woodcock flushed near the end of the east bank and 2 Tawny Owls calling in the pines. At least 4 Bearded Tits were in the reeds and 2 Rock Pipits, 3 Bramblings, 14 Redpolls and 10 Siskins flew over calling.

 

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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Salthouse till 2.20pm by Iron Road then flew SW (+Little Stint still)

Norfolk Little Stint Salthouse by Iron Road. Great Northern Diver offshore +23.Snow Buntings

Norfolk 3+Great Northern Divers Holkham Bay still midday +Slav Grebe still

Norfolk Hen Harrier male Blakeney Harbour over saltmarsh early a'noon

Norfolk Shorelark Blakeney Point (+3.Snow Buntings Dartford Warbler)

Norfolk 5.Snow Bunting Winterton flew south along beach beach early morning

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Salthouse still midday by Iron Road

Norfolk 5.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh

Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk 4+Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Island

Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water at west end +Spotted Redshank

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Salthouse by Iron Road at 11am

Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w still c10.45am north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Happisburgh at coastwatch near paddocks

Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w again 9.20am north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane

Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w till 8.45am north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane then flew off +no sign since

Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w again north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow from gate along Meadow Lane at c8.10am

Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still with sheep by Main Observatory

Norfolk 13.Snow Buntings y'day Cley NWT in roped-off area east of North Scrape mid morning

Norfolk 3+Water Pipits y'day St.Olaves

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 6th November 2020

A beautiful day with clear skies and light south-easterly winds. Some visible migration took place early morning with 4 Bearded Tits, a Grey Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipits, 6 Rock Pipits, 4 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 6 Redpolls, 2 Crossbills and 4 Siskins noted. A Great White Egret was on the NWT reserve and a single Shorelark was near Thornham Channel, while on the sea 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets and 4 Great Crested Grebes were recorded. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 3 Water Rails and 2 Tawny Owls.
 
A late Comma butterfly was on the buddleia and 4 Common Darters were still flying in the late autumn sunshine.
 
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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Upton Marshes NWT with cattle by river at 3.30pm. From Marsh Road, take 1st left +walk to end of concrete road
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w Salthouse flew west over Gramborough Hill at 2.30pm
Norfolk 5+Great Northern Divers Holkham Bay
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Cley
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL till 11.45am north of Kelling at Kelling Quags then flew off +no further sign by 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 11.30am
Norfolk possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail still 11.19am north of Kelling at Kelling Quags
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew west over Morston at 11am
Norfolk possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Quags
Norfolk 1+Shorelark west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point at 11.07am
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT +Scaup
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Kelling Water Meadow till 10.34am on north side of pool then flew west
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Kelling Quags flew over beach +may have landed at 10.06am (+2.Snow Buntings flew west)
Norfolk 3+Great Northern Divers Holkham Bay mid morning +5.Slav Grebes ad.drk.Velvet Scoter
Norfolk probable White-billed Diver flew west past Holkham Bay at 10.22am
Norfolk Hawfinch Cantley then flew south
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans flew over Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still Breydon Water at west end 1/2ml north of Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes in dyke between 1st +2nd stiles +showing well

 

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 5th November 2020

With no sign of the Dusky Warbler today a Yellow-browed Warbler was a nice consolation, being the first bird caught and ringed of the day. At least six Bearded Tits were around the Broadwater edge and a flock of Six Crossbills flew over west. A least six Twite were present in Thornham Harbour.

 

 

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 4th November 2020

The Dusky Warbler was reported showing well on occasions around the mouth of the Heligoland Trap. Several Bearded Tits and a Kingfisher were seen around the Broadwater and Sluice area. Sea watching proved productive, with a two hour session producing 26 Great Crested Grebes, 21 Red-throated Divers, 15 Gannets, 13 Little Auks, 6 Guillemots and 2 Fulmars. Seven Twite were again in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB on tideline near Thornham Point at 2.46pm
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 3.10pm Cley NWT on Keeper's Marsh from A149 Coast Road opposite Sea Lawn +showing well NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Great Northern Diver juv Breydon Water still 2.40pm at east side of narrows +3.Hen Harriers (1.male)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2.15pm Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still 1.35pm in willows near Heligoland trap
Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings Cley NWT this morning (+1w.Caspian Gull)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Little Stint
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Breydon Water at west end
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Breydon Water from South Wall +2.Bewick's Swans flew east +Snow Bunting flew over +Scaup
Norfolk Great White Egret Waxham at Brograve Farm late morning +13.Common Cranes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT just east of Babcock Hide. Red-necked Grebe flew west past beach car park +3.Scaup flew west +5.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both ads) Salthouse by Beach Road
Norfolk Snow Bunting Bawsey +Hawfinch
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Great White Egret
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 11.24am Cley NWT on Keeper's Marsh from A149 Coast Road opposite Sea Lawn NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.32am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at high tide
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still near Heligoland trap at 9.55am +showing well
Norfolk Shorelark still Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 9.35am then flew west over Little Eye
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Cley NWT on Keeper's Marsh from A149 Coast Road opposite Sea Lawn at 8.09am +showing well NR25 7RZ

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The Dusky Warbler was seen at times but became more elusive as the day progressed. A drake Goosander flew along the edge of the Broadwater mid morning, and a Great White Egret was at the back of the marsh. A flock of 550 Golden Plover was counted and 3 Rock Pipits flew over calling.

 

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey this a'noon

Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham on rocks opposite The Two Lifeboats at high tide at midday

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 12.30pm Cley NWT on Keeper's Marsh from A149 Coast Road at Sea Lawn +showing well NR25 7RZ

Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still from Main Observatory (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret)

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv till late morning Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre then flew east +no further sign TG.049.442

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv till late morning Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre then flew east +no further sign TG.049.442

Norfolk c15.Hawfinches Holkham Park still in yew +beeches just west of main entrance this morning

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 10am Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well TG.049.442

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre at 7.42am +showing well

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 2nd November 2020

The Dusky Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff remained in the area in front of the Heligoland trap and a Ring Ouzel and a Little Stint were reported on the NWT reserve, the former by the car parks, the latter on the beach.  

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Norfolk 9.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT right of Main Observatory at 1.50pm
Norfolk Little Stint Holme on beach from NWT reserve at 1.35pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe Marshes mid morning +2.Jack Snipes
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both ads) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this morning
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Cley flew west past beach car park 8am-midday (+Great Northern Diver Puffin flew east)
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings flew over Weybourne Camp 7.20am-10.30am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still midday Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well TG.049.442
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT. Ring Ouzel Holme NOA near Richardson Hide
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT. Ring Ouzel Holme NOA near Richardson Hide
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 9.06am Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre TG.049.442
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still in willows near Heligoland trap (+Siberian Chiffchaff still)
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on mud at 8.54am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre TG.049.442

 

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 1st November 2020

The Dusky Warbler was still in its usual spot but elusive, with high winds making birding difficult. A Peregrine sailed over the pines early afternoon, and large parties of Starlings were passing over the back of the marsh.

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 31st October 2020

A very blustery and wet day with rain at lunch time. The Dusky was still skulking in its spot near the Heligoland, a Barn Owl was hunting and a Siskin flew over calling.

The last night of moth trapping for 2020 produced 3 Large Wainscots, an Angle Shades, 2 Red-green Carpets, a Lesser Yellow Underwing, Black Rustic and 2 Diamond-backs. A late Migrant Hawker was at the west end of the reserve.