Holme Bird Observatory Monday 25th March 2019

A major movement of Kittiwakes took place with 809 west in 4 and a quarter hours and 11 Eiders, 4 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Fulmars, 5 Gannets and 9 Great Crested Grebes also recorded offshore. Also of note today were 3 Spoonbills which landed on the NWT grazing marshes, 14 Pink-feet, 11 Ruff, an adult Med Gull, one Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats on the east bank and 11 Siskins in the pines.

In the moth traps an Oak Beauty, 6 Small Quakers, 4 Hebrew Characters, 1 Common Quaker, 2 Clouded Drabs, a Powdered Quaker and a Pine Beauty were present.

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Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks opposite Mo early a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Waxham +Firecrest
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (all ads) flew over Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 8.30am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Winterton
Norfolk 11+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT this a'noon (+Spoonbill still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB late morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in wood opposite visitor centre at 9.50am
Norfolk Cattle Egret 3.5mls WNW of Great Yarmouth by A47 Acle Straight north of Britannia Farm at 7.37am TG.478.089 NR30 1TH
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets y'day still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 by suspension bridge mid a'noon PE14 9TF
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still Salthouse just south of A149 on feeder in garden at 7.35am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Island Hide. Jack Snipe Patsys Pool
Norfolk 5.Slav Grebes y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 24th March 2019

A beautiful day at the Obs, highlights were 11 Eiders, 1 Common Scoter, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Fulmars, 9Great Crested Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe, with 3 Red Kites, 7 Marsh Harriers, 13 Buzzards, 14 Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 130 Redshank and a Snipe of note around the marshes, 2 Barn Owls hunting during the day, a Peregrine, a Woodlark east, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6+ Chiffchaffs, a female Stonechat along the east bank, a male Wheatear on the NWT reserve, and 12 Crossbills seen briefly in the pines.

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Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton North Dunes flew north over concrete blocks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 1.25pm in tree opposite visitor centre
Norfolk 10.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT (+Spoonbill Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still early a'noon Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 12.40pm in tree opposite visitor centre viewed from metal gate
Norfolk Great White Egret Claxton Marshes viewed from Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.15pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holkham Gap flew east along beach
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still near North Scrape
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in tree opposite visitor centre at 11.45am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Burnham Norton near village +Great White Egret
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Salthouse
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Happisburgh
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.25am
Norfolk Black Redstart Happisburgh just north of church along Blacksmiths Lane in hedge south of coastguards
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform at 10.15am +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (ad +sub-ad) Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still offshore +3.Slav Grebes 3.Great Northern Divers 2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Happisburgh on post opposite church at 9.30am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still off beach car park +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap (+3.Long-tailed Ducks offshore) TF.896.458
Norfolk 3+Velvet Scoters Burnham Overy Dunes still off Gun Hill +ringtail.Hen Harrier
Norfolk 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Winterton flew out to sea

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 23rd March 2019

Highlights on the sea today were 16 Eiders, 38 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Northern Divers, and 1 Red-necked Grebe. A Little Ringed Plover was on the NWT pools together with a single Ruff, and two Barn Owls were hunting, with a kettle of 12 Buzzards up along the ridge. A male Firecrest was trapped and ringed, with 3 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, a single Wheatear on the grazing marsh, and over the Obs a single Brambling, 2 Redpolls and 3 Siskins, a Yellowhammer, and along the sea wall towards Thornham a Water Pipit was showing well near the compound.

Male Firecrest in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019

Four Sand Martins were seen at Redwell Marsh, and in the moth traps 16 Hebrew Characters, 2 Dotted Borders, 4 Shoulder-Stripe, 13 Small Quakers, 2 Common Quakers, 2 Pine Beauties, and 2 Red Chestnuts were recorded.

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Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT from Friends Hide at 3.37pm (drk.Scaup still from Lyle Hide)
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth still by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 3.05pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Rockland Broad still on marsh on east side this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk no news on Rough-legged Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT since 11am
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Great White Egret Spoonbill Cattle Egret)
Norfolk no further sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track
Norfolk 2.Firecrests Walsey Hills NOA at south end
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv over Calthorpe Broad at 11.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew north over Brograve Levels at 11.30am then circled north c1ml inland of Waxham at 11.45am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 11am over opposite fields
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track (Firecrest in SE corner of The Dell in yew)
Norfolk 12.Velvet Scoters Burnham Overy off Gun Hill at 9.53am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Breydon Water again flew north at 10.44am
Norfolk/ Suffolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew towards Belton at 10.22am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB 100yds south of Rotary Hide viewed from opposite side of scrape at 10.11am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins at 9.40am NR21 9GN
Norfolk no news on Little Bunting Weybourne Camp (no news on any further access). Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Waveney Forest at 9.42am
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in Low Road paddocks at 8.55am
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Breydon Water then south over Burgh Castle at 9.40am
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey still 9.17am then flew towards Winterton
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley off coastguards at 8.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey again on seaward side of Horsey Mill at 8.56am
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey near Horsey Mill
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey on seaward side of road near Horsey Mill
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +12.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w y'day still Blakeney in Langham Road garden then taken by Sparrowhawk
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea +7.Great Northern Divers Slav Grebe
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 7.15am
Norfolk 8.Tundra Bean Geese y'day still Welney WWT north of Friends Hide at 2.30pm (drk.Scaup from Lyle Hide at 3.30pm +showing well. Great White Egret at Lady Fen at 2pm. 2.Cattle Egrets south of Bank Farm at Hundred Foot dam at 1.30pm)

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd March 2019

On the sea today 12 Common Scoters, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Red-necked Grebe were of note. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was hunting near Thornham Harbour and a Firecrest was in the pines behind the sea-watching hide. A single Wheatear was out on the grazing marsh during the afternoon.

In the moth traps another Dotted Chestnut, 5 Small Quakers, 4 Clouded Drabs, 13 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers and an Early Thorn were recorded.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 2.44pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 2.30pm
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still Blakeney Harbour at 2.05pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south just south of Happisburgh at 1.40pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 1.33pm in pine
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml NE of Bacton flew ESE past gas terminal at 1.24pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 2mls south of Mundesley at Knapton flew SE over church at 1.18pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv just south of Cromer flew ESE at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew over Kelling Heath at 12.49pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml east of Cley still 12.38pm in wood south of Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in paddock at Low Road
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Morston at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Cley NWT at 12.25pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Holkham Hall at 11.59am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy still 11.45am over wood south of grazing marsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 11.05am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy flew east to grazing marsh at 11.08am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 2.Wheatears (both males) Salthouse at 10.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Cattle Egret still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still
Norfolk Common Crane 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB again on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool. 4.Slav Grebes on sea +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn
Norfolk Hen Harrier y'day Holme Dunes +White Wagtail

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 21st March 2019

Overhead passage was subdued during the morning with just a trickle of Meadow Pipits, a few Reed Bunting and a single Fieldfare. Arrivals included 5 Wheatears in the dunes, a Firecrest behind the Observatory in the morning, later seen near the heligoland trap and at least 10 Chiffchaffs with 2 ringed. Hen Harrier and Red Kite were of note and a White Wagtail was on the east bank with Pied Wagtails. Other interest included Bearded Tits on the edge of the Broadwater by the Observatory and 2 Mediterranean Gulls overhead mid-afternoon.

Two of the Northern Wheatears in the dunes - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 9.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins at 1.15pm (+2 Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Cattle Egret SW of Castle Acre at South Acre by South Acre Road at Church Farm at 6.30pm PE32 2AD TF.812.143
Norfolk Hen Harrier Ringtail Thornham Harbour at 6.10pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 4.05pm in wood north of road viewed from c200yds east of visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT still mid a'noon 2.on Whitewell Scrape 1.on Billy's Wash
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 2.40pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 suspension bridge at 2.30pm + showing well
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash this morning
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew south over Welney WWT +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still this a'noon in wood north of road
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp this morning. Keep to public rights of way.
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Firecrest Wells Woods on south side of the Dell at 11.06am
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham
Norfolk no sigh of juv.White-tailed Eagle Wighton
Norfolk 11.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT from main observatory at c10.10am. Reserve open 9-30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Wheatears Kelling Quags early morning
Norfolk 2 Wheatears (1.male) Cley at beach car park
Norfolk no sigh of drk.Baikal Teal Welney WWT by 9.30am
Norfolk 4.Wheatears (all males) Cley NWT on shingle ridge by Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk2.Slav Greves Titchwell RSPB still on sea +3.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
MEGA Norfolk BAIKAL TEAL drk y'day Welney WWT on island from main oservatory 3pm-5pm. Reserver open 9.30am-5pm. PE14 9TN


Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 20th March 2019

Bird of the day without a doubt, White-tailed Eagle ! The bird was initially spotted along the coast near Sheringham. It worked its way west and eventually, albeit distantly, became viewable from the Observatory as it headed for and along Ringstead Ridge. Other birds seen today included two Crossbills, Siskin, Tree Sparrow and there was a report of a House Martin.

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Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey flew west over Nelson Head track at 8.30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 4.Wheatears Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 2.30pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 1.28pm (for 17th day)
Norfolk: NWT meeting tomorrow at 7.30pm at Cley Village Hall. Featuring Geroge Baldock 'Cley and Salthouse Marshes, a warden's perspective'. Entry £3, £2 members
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Heacham on south side flew over A149/ Lamsey Lane junction at 12.55pm (not 1.33pm)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Heacham on south side flew over Lamsey Lane at c1.33pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier Thornham at 12.46pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT north of road from car park 12.55-1.10pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Old Hunstanton Park at 12.55pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Ringstead flew over Courtyard Farm at 12.41pm (+ringtail Hen Harrier)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Thornham flew west over A149 at 12.36pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew SW over Titchwell RSPB at 12.30pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.02pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Holkham Freshmarsh at 11.57am
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory at 11.38am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew over Glandford at 11.18am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew west over Morston at 11.29am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle between Weybourne +Sheringham flew west over ridge at 11am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 9.30am then flew south over Grimston Warren
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle Sidestrand flew west over ridge at 10.20am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Berney Marshes RSPB. Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Berney Marshes RSPB. Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk 21.Shorelarks Holkham Bay again east of Holkham Gap at 9.23am TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool. Whiter Wagtail in paddock. ringtail Hen Harrier on saltmarsh

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 19th March 2019

Highlights today included three Red Kites over the Grazing Marsh, a male Crossbill around the pines early morning, two Tree Sparrows near the Firs and a healthy count of 32 Avocet on the Broadwater.
The sunshine also brought the Butterflies out, with Brimstone and Peacock recorded.

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Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still 4.05pm Blakeney harbour on saltings 1/3ml north of The Blakeney Hotel
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still mid a'noon on Thornham Pool
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still Blakeney harbour this morning
Norfolk Firecrest Blakeney at Friary Hills at east end by last gate
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT still
Norfolk 3.Stone Curlews Weeting Heath NWT at 2.03pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 9.40am +showing well
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in dunes just before roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 10.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on island at 10.24am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins late morning (+2+Mealy Redpolls) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 5+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT from main hide at 10.55am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform at 9.25am +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney at Gold Hill by A1101 suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk Water Pipit on Sunday Cley NWT at Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) on Saturday still Salthouse on bird table in garden
Norfolk Quail male singing Felmingham

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 18th March 2019

Two Red Kites flew over the grazing marsh mid afternoon and at least 2 Barn Owls were hunting between Holme and Thornham. A Spotted Redshank, 2 Stonechats, 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Siskins were also of note.

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Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers flew NW past Mundesley 6am-8am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at midday NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Wheatear male Cley NWT still in Eye Field at 10.49am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum at 9.55am
Norfolk 7.Hawfinches y'day still Lynford Arboretum in a'noon. Swallow over Lynford GP in a'noon
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 17th March 2019

A flock of 19 Ruff were on the grazing marsh and a Spotted Redshank flew west. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting during the afternoon, and a Cetti's Warbler was heard at the village hides.

In the moth traps another Dotted Chestnut, 2 Small Quakers, 3 Common Quakers, 3 Hebrew Characters, 5 Mottled Grey, a Pine Beauty, 6 Dotted Borders and a Clouded Drab were caught.

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Norfolk Little Ringed Plover Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape late a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w still Blakeney
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh 100yds from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Slav Grebe flew west past Sheringham at 6.22am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 10+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still by East Bank. male.Wheatear still in Eye Field
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+2.Cattle Egrets). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still from Reedbed Hide at 10.30am
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on north island on east lake
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Cockley Cley still in garden (+15.Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott again at north end of beach at c8am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Cley NWT still 10.35am just west of north end of East Bank on brackish pool
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on Billy's Wash mid morning
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash. Water Pipit on Whitwell Scrape then flew west
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad y'day Blakeney harbour
Norfolk Slav Grebe Cley NWT on North Scrape at 9am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum early morning
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) y'day still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 16th March 2019

Moth traps were surprisingly busy today despite the gales, with 2 Mottled Grey, 5 Hebrew Characters, 6 Common Quakers, 1 Chestnut, 1 Oak Beauty, 1 Red Chestnut, and 1 Dotted Border.

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Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks below Crown pub
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea off beach car park this a'noon
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide early a'noon
Norfolk 7+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape late morning. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk White Wagtail Kelling Quags briefly then flew east
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Heigham Holmes again viewed from bank at 10.53am
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge by Arnold's Marsh. Short-eared Owl still mid morning at North Scrape +1w.Spoonbill still on Billy's Wash
Norfolk White Wagtail Winterton Dunes in car park
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory at 10.38am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Cattle Egret again). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes again viewed from bank
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT flushed near North Screen at 9.15am. 1w.Spoonbill still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese flew east past Cley NWT at 9.15am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 15th March 2019

A group of 20 Pink-feet were still on the grazing marshes, and 120 Brents were also present, together with 250 Wigeon, 5 Pochard and 7 Tufted Ducks on the Broadwater. A Water Rail was in front of the Dell Hide, with 100 Curlew and 2 Avocets around the Broadwater. At least 35 Meadow Pipits and, 4 Pied Wagtails were on the move, with 13 Twite still in Thornham Harbour, a Siskin west and 2 Stonechats along the east bank.

In the moth trap 4 Common Quakers, 2 Hebrew Characters, a Dotted Border, Mottled Grey and one Diurnea flagella were recorded.

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Norfolk Spoonbill ad Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 3pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Cockley Cley in garden
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 12.Mealy Redpolls Cockley Cley in garden this morning
Norfolk White Wagtail Kelling Water Meadow at 11.30am
Norfolk no sign of any Black Redstarts Winterton at Hermanus Restuarant but 2.White Wagtails in paddocks by Low Road
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott till 12.20pm at Walcott Road in field opposite Poachers Pocket pub then flew south NR12 0LS
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott again at Walcott Road in field opposite Poachers Pocket pub at 12.07pm NR12 0LS
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 11.45am (+2.Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (1.male)) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Slav Grebe flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 9.25am +2.White Wagtails flew west
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 under suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Wymondham at abbey at 8.12am then flew north
Norfolk 5+Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +17.Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches on Wednesday still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk 13.Twite y'day Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll on Wednesday 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 14th March 2019

A White Wagtail alighted briefly on the East Bank this morning before flying off West. A ringtail Hen Harrier was over the Grazing Marsh and a Water Pipit was seen on the pools south of the coastal path, west of Thornham Harbour. 12 Twite were around the Harbour itself, with a Peregrine and eight Eider also noted there.

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Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 12.50pm NR21 9GN
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh near Parrinder Hide at 2.45pm +2.Red-crested Pochards (1.drk)
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham +ringtail.Hen Harrier again +c12.Twite still
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) Cley NWT still in Eye Field this morning
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Friends Hide
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea off coastguards at 10.49am
Norfolk White Wagtail Holme NOA on East Bank then flew west
Norfolk White Wagtail Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still on rocks 50yds north of groyne.1 at 9am
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w still Blakeney in garden at Langham Road at 8.30am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 13th March 2019

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Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w flew north past Horsey at 2.15pm
Norfolk Purple Sand flew south past Hopton-on-Sea +Bonxie flew south
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 under suspension bridge at 9.20am PE14 9TF
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory +showing well. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 10am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins +showing well. Reserve now closed for rest of day due to weather NR21 9GN
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad on 2nd March Burnham Overy Marsh with Pink-footed Geese (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley on sea off beach car park at 10am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins +showing well NR21 9GN
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still at freshmarsh
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 12th March 2019

A Great Northern Diver was just offshore from the Observatory early morning.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney at 2.17pm: 1.at Welney WWT, 1.Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just west of suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Welney WWT in a'noon. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from main observatory hide at 10.55am +showing well +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still flew east over freshmarsh
Norfolk 10+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT from main observatory at 9.50am (drk.Scaup from Lyle Hide at 10.20am). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still at reedbed
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT still in Eye Field

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 11th March 2019

At the Observatory two male Crossbills, an adult and a juvenile, were in pines near the Observatory and the Dell hide, flying off west. A Cetti's Warbler was calling near the Broadwater Hide and a pair of Stonechats were on the east bank.

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Norfolk 10.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap at 2.55pm
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea this morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still this morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1w Titchwell RSPB still 11.10am on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 9.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 9.13am (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w y'day Walcott on beach opposite Kingfisher Cafe at 1.15pm

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 10th March 2019

A gathering of over 2000 Black-headed Gulls on the grazing marshes contained at least 8 Med Gulls, with 225 Golden Plover also on the marsh and 11 Avocets also of interest. A Red Kite drifted over the village and a Chiffchaff emerged after the rain, in the Tamarisk bushes in front of the Observatory. Two Barn Owls were hunting.

The moths traps were surprisingly busy with 3 Pine Beauties, a Dotted Chestnut, 2 Mottled Greys, 5 Hebrew Characters, a Small Quaker, an Oak Beauty, 4 Common Quakers, 4 Dotted Borders, an Early Grey and a Common Flat-body all recorded.


Oak Beauty and Dotted Chestnut - in the moth traps today

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Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Scaup). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull 2w Walcott on beach opposite Kingfisher Cafe at 1.15pm
Norfolk Sooty S'water Sheringham lingering offshore at 1.05pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still early a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just west of suspension bridge at 10.30am PE14 9TF
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Great Ryburgh
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Choseley drying barns still 10.35am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid morning 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT still between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's Wash
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still). Reserve open NR21 9GN

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 9th March 2019

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Norfolk Little Gull 1w Thornham harbour briefly 2.10pm then flew south. 13.Twite still near car park +sluice
Norfolk 24+Snow Buntings Cley 300yds east of north end of East Bank at 12.30pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 12.33pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still). Reserve closed due to strong winds NR21 9GN
Norfolk 21.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.16am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 13.Twite Thornham harbour in creek at 11.12am +showing well
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on groyne.3 at 10.34am. Park by sailing club car park
Norfolk 14.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 8.57am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 8.06am (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 8th March 2019

A Great White Egret flew over at 9am, and on the sea 21 Eiders, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 23 Fulmars, and 22 Great Crested Grebes were counted. Also of note were a Woodcock, a single Chiffchaff, a Brambling and 6 Siskins.

Two Dotted Borders were in the moth traps

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Norfolk 2+Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins this morning NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Warham Greens again 12.30pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT again (+Great White Egret still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.36pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Dunes again by highest dune (+26.Snow Buntings still on North Beach)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret 5.Common Cranes 79.Russian White-fronted Geese. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks at 11am
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on shingle bank by Arnold's Marsh at 9.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Morston 1/2ml east of quay at 11.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west past Morston Quay at 11.26am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 11.28am (+Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Old Gits Corner at 10.15am) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 1+Black Redstart fem/1w.male Choseley drying barns on machinery on south side at 10.45am
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still west of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still on beach between groynes.6 +7. at 10.29am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks mid morning
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +east of roped-off area mid morning (+White Wagtail) TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Holme NOA

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 7th March 2019

A bit of a wash-out! A Spotted Redshank was at Thornham and on the sea 6 Red-breasted Mergansers were offshore.

In the moth traps 4 Mottled Greys, 1 Pine Beauty, 2 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers, and 1 Diurnea flagella were recorded.

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Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +east of roped-off area at 11.30am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap
Norfolk Hen Harrier male just NW of Filby flew west over Ormesby Little Broad late morning
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 12.42pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley drying barns still 10.15am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Rockland Broad
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+3.Otters) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT flew over Eye Field [heard only]
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT again +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB flew in off sea at c9.10am then appeared to land on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 6th March 2019

A blustery day, with the sea again producing the most birds of interest. A short sea watch early morning produced two Great Northern Divers, one Red-throated Diver, two Shags, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, three Common Scoter and a single Eider.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on North Scrape at 3.40pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male between Morston +Blakeney at 12.55pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley drying barns still under solar panels on 1st building by road at 1.37pm
Norfolk unconfirmed report of possible White-tailed Eagle south of Beighton +SE of South Burlingham
Norfolk possible Osprey y'day Reepham
Norfolk Hen Harrier imm.male Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 5th March 2019

On the sea early morning there were single Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers plus 15 Common Scoter and two Eider. A Barn Owl was hunting on the North side of the dunes, no doubt trying to find some shelter from the wind.

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Norfolk 3+Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton on groyne.59
Norfolk Shorelark Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins late morning (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Upton Marshes NWT still this morning
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp at 8.50am. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 160.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Holkham Freshmarsh +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Stiffke
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Titchwell RSPB again on Thornham Marsh at 9.52am +showing well
Norfolk 20.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap in morning
Norfolk Black Redstart 1.5mls south of Titchwell still at Choseley at drying barns
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB again on sea
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB again on sea +Long-tailed Duck. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches y'day Lynford Arboretum still late a'noon

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 4th March 2019

Another blustery day but with some spring-like sunshine. A Red Kite was flushing wildfowl on the marsh and a big female Sparrowhawk was along Broadwater Road. A Peregrine flew over the dunes early afternoon. Also of interest today were 250 Golden Plover, 52 Lapwing and 10 Ruff.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp this morning. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hawfinch y'day Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap at 1.30pm
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Sand Martin Gorleston flew over cliffs
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins at 11.03am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard y'day between Weybourne +Sheringham by A149 at 3pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 3rd March 2019

A very wet and windy day! Despite the stormy conditions, a Dotted Border and 4 Mottled Grey moths were around the trap.

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Norfolk 2.House Martins Cley NWT over Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins mid morning (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley drying barns still
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge east of East Bank
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes still on sea
Norfolk 3.Black-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB off Thornham Point. ringtail.Hen Harrier over saltmarsh

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 2nd March 2019

Seawatching today produced 4 Eiders, 2 Common Scoters, 29 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmars, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, and 3 Black-necked Grebes. Also of interest were a ring-tail Hen Harrier past south of the Broadwater, 2 Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank in Thornham Harbour, 9 Snipe off the grazing marsh, a Tawny Owl calling in the afternoon, and a Swallow in off the sea at 3.15pm.

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Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still 3.05pm at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 this a'noon on flowing tide tho mobile
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 2.18pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still midday 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins (3.Otters from Whitley Hide) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour at 12.52pm
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB over Volunteer Marsh at 12.12pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT flew over car park +landed on top of Ten Mile Bank
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley drying barns on concrete pad at 9.45am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver past Brancaster Marsh in 2hrs
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins at 9.13am NR21 9GN
Norfolk 19.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap at 8.45am +Lapland Bunting still (+male.Hen Harrier. 3.Red-necked Grebes Holkham Bay +Great Northern Diver Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 1st March 2019

Another cooler day with heavy cloud in the afternoon. Most interest came from the sea again, with at least 10 Slavonian Grebes, Black-necked Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, 60 Red-breasted Merganser, Pintail, 4 Fulmar and a single Gannet east.

Other interest around the reserve included 2 Spoonbills flying west around midday, 3 Red Kites over the marsh, a single Siskin, 2 Avocets and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier over the sea wall.

In Thornham Harbour 12 Twite remained and a Spotted Redshank was calling from the channel. Two Barn Owls were hunting early afternoon and 14 Meadow Pipits were feeding on the east bank.

This Pine Beauty was the only moth in the trap - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach by Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Loddon at Hardley Staithe
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +Spoonbill
Norfolk Black-throated Diver y'day Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 60+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Woodland Hide at 4pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Downham Market in relief channel at 4.45pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach between groynes.3+5 late a'noon
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham Harbour still 3.45pm
Norfolk 5+Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea this a'noon +9+Slav Grebes 3.Black-necked Grebes 10.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea at beach car park at 2.22pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.55pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders in clearing beyond Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 16+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +100yds east of information board this a'noon +Lapland Bunting TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea +Red-necked Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Clippesby Marsh
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +500yds east of roped-off area at 9.15am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still from Main Observatory at 11.55am tho distant
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.16am 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp +Lapland Bunting flew west. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk 2+Twite Thornham Harbour still just before coal barn at 9am
Norfolk Goshawk male Cley flew over west side at 8.35am
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich flew north over Quebec Road at 8.15am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes still
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB flew east over Volunteer Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 28th February 2019

Highlights today were on the sea where 6 Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, 40+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 13 Fulmars, a Gannet, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-necked Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe, and 3 probable Black-necked Grebes were all seen during the day. A Bittern flew across the grazing marshes mid afternoon and a male Hen Harrier flew east just south of the Broadwater at 3pm. Also of interest were 2 Bramblings and 12 Siskins around the pines.

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Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 at 3.20pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 2.38pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR 8.15am-12.50pm NR21 9GN
Norfolk 3.Hen Harriers (1.ad.male) Titchwell RSPB over Thornham Marsh late morning. 2.Black-throated Divers still on sea
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +east of roped-off area at 12.27pm TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.18am 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Raven flew west over Wells Woods late morning
Norfolk 23.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on shingle ridge 1/4ml east of East Bank at 9.42am
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Cley NWT at 9.33am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west past Sidestrand at 9am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins at 7.51am (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 25th February 2019

The sea was the highlight again today with 3 Eider, 22 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 8+ Great Northern Divers, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Red-necked Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, and 3 Black-necked Grebes all seen offshore. On the grazing marshes 5 Ruff and 52 Golden Plover were of interest with a Black-tailed Godwit on the Broadwater. Also of note were a Barn Owl and 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Crossbills in the pines and 30+ Siskins over west.

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Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 3pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hooded Crow still Winterton north of Burnley Hall this morning
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Horsey on sea defence south of Nelson Head track at 1.30pm
Norfolk 4.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea. 3+Black-necked Grebes at 12.58pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Black-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea +3+Slav Grebes 8+Great Northern Divers 22.Long-tailed Ducks Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge 1/2ml east of East Bank at 8.45am
Norfolk no further sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins by late morning (but 3+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2+Black-throated Divers Holme Dunes on sea at 10.50am +1+Red-necked Grebe 12+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on north island on east lake at 9.46am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting y'day NNW of Terrington St.Clement +SW of Ongar Hill
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 9.49am (+2+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near large ash tree at end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea. Spotted Redshank on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest this evng +Short-eared Owl still TG.457.011
Norfolk reported possible Grey-bellied Brant y'day Snettisham Coastal Park was an ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes east of Acle flew SW over A47 at Stracey Arms at 8.16am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 24th February 2019

Seawatching was the highlight again today with 64 Eiders east, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 42 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Fulmars, a Guillemot and a Razorbill all recorded. At least 12 Siskins flew over calling.

A Dotted Border and a Mottled Grey were in the moth trap.

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Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still +Short-eared Owl Great White Egret
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still Snettisham Coastal Park c1/2ml north of caravan park in fields east of Green Wall mid a'noon with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 1+Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes still on sea mid morning +2.Red-necked Grebes 2.Slav Grebes 3+Great Northern Divers 4+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 3.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still early a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap near roped-off area this morning TF.896.458
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 flew NE over Sculthorpe Moor NR early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad y'day Snettisham RSPB on Ken Hill Marsh with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 40+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum at 6.45am
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Upton Marshes NWT still
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay off Holkham Gap late morning +2.Slav Grebes
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley offshore
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still c10.30am 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hooded Crow still Winterton
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still on North Scrape at 9.28am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Red-necked Grebe 2.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2+Mealy Redpolls. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by main track between vis'centre +Portakabins) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Heacham flew south over North Beach (+10.Bewick's Swans flew north)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver y'day Titchwell RSPB still on sea

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 23rd February 2019

A superb variety of divers and grebes were on the sea today, with 3 Eiders, 15 Long-tailed Ducks, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 3 Black-necked Grebes all recorded in the morning. A Peregrine was hunting at the back of the marsh and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from the west end of the NOA reserve. A flock of 150+ Golden Plover, a Tawny Owl and 6 Siskins were also of interest.

Three Mottled Grey moths were in the moth trap.

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Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 2.12pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+6.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 13.Shorelarks Burnham Overy Dunes at 1pm
Norfolk Glossy Ibis y'day NE of Halvergate by Branch Road at 10am then flew south
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 3.10pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 12.27pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Willow Tit reported 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR from Volunteer Hide at 11.23am NR21 9GN
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea at 11.41am
Norfolk 3.Black-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea at 11.35am +Red-necked Grebe 15+Long-tailed Ducks Black-throated Diver 5.Great Northern Divers 2.Slav GrebesNorfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp at 8.55am. Tomorrow fishermen's gate 600yds west of Weybourne beach car park will be open 8.30-8.45am. Please donate to Love for Leo
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.12am on North Scrape from screen
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.05am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (3.Otters from Whitley Hide) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 6.Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 10.39am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming Sculthorpe Moor NR still in wood right of main footpath to Portakabins at 9.44am
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's Wash
Norfolk Velvet Scoter fem/juv.drk Cley off coastguards car park at 9am then flew west
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 9.07am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker y'day Sculthorpe Moor NR behind Whitley Hide in a'noon
Norfolk 28.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 7.40am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass north of Sea Pool (28.Snow Buntings still on shingle north of Arnold's Marsh)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 8.48am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach between groynes.2+3 at 7am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd February 2019

Spring had definitely sprung today with 2 Red Kites drifting over the reserve and on the sea 3 Pintail, 17 Long-tailed Ducks, 43 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Fulmars, 21 Great Crested Grebes, a Black-necked Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Guillemots and a Kittiwake. Also of note were a Water Rail calling, an adult Med Gull over east, 3 Barn Owls, a Tawny Owl, 4+ Stonechats and 2 Crossbills in the pines during the morning.

Butterflies were on the wing with a Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone and Comma all seen during the day.

A drake Pintail was on Redwell Marsh

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at c12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew high west over Brancaster Staithe at 1.02pm
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea on ebbing tide +showing well +7.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 at 10.46am
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Thornham Point on sea +Long-tailed Duck 2.Slav Grebes Black-throated Diver 4.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Welney WWT still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton briefly 7.30am then flew west (+Woodlark flew over)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) reported still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN