Tuesday 28th March 2017

Thick fog limited interest until midday when the mist lifted and gave way to a beautiful spring afternoon. Migrants overhead included a Grey Wagtail, 14 Siskins, 7 Redpolls and 8 Buzzards over the marshes.

 Mealy Redpoll in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Grounded migrants appeared to consist of Robins, Goldcrests and a few Chiffchaffs. A Green Sandpiper was seen flying along the Broadwater and a Greenshank was seen from the entrance track.

Only 5 moths were in the traps, including 2 Red Chestnuts.

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Monday 27th March 2017

A group of 4+ Crossbills were around the reserve during the day and at least 6 Redpolls were also of note. A Chiffchaff and a Cetti's Warbler were also of interest.

Sunday 26th March 2017

Highlights today were a Red Kite drifting east along the Broadwater, 2 Cetti's Warblers singing, 4 Chiffchaffs, 15 Redpolls and 18 Siskins flying over calling.

Saturday 25th March 2017

A beautiful sunny day with a brisk north-east wind, there was far more general bird activity today with 2 Kestrels, a male Merlin, and young female Peregrine all hunting in the area, 3 Bearded Tits on the east bank early morning, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 8+ Chiffchaffs, a Black Redstart near the harbour sluice at Thornham, and a passage of small finches including 2 Redpoll sp and 6 Siskins.

Five Hebrew Characters were in the moth trap, and a Brimstone, 2 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing.

Highlights from Walsey Hills included 3 Little Ringed Plover, a drake Garganey seen from the east end, 6 singing Chiffchaffs, 4 Red Kites and 5 Siskins over. Moths of interest included singles of Pale Pinion and Acleris cristana.

Friday 24th March 2017

On the sea today 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Velvet Scoters and a Fulmar were of interest, with a Ruff, 3 Snipe, a single Stonechat, a female Brambling, male Bullfinch and a Swallow flying west were also recorded.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 15:15 W/of B1105 in stubble field N/of Blunt's Corner
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT at 16:35 in sheep field behind church NR11 8PR
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Winterton on beach at N/end NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck off Holme NOA + 4 Velvet Scoter TF717450
Norfolk 5 Waxwing New Costessey on St. Walstan's Close but mobile NR5 0RG
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NNR flew from dunes on seaward side of Lavender Marsh at 11:00
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12:15 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint + Great White Egret IP26 4LQ TL727882
Norfolk 2 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Drake Garganey Salthouse at 07:45 by Iron Road NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Yellow Wagtail Welney WWT along main road from Ten Mile Bank to welney PE14 9TN TL548946

Thursday 23rd March 2017

On the sea today 15 Long-tailed Ducks and 12 Common Scoters were the highlights, while a Water Rail was in the reeds near the Hun sluice and 2 Cetti's Warblers and 6+ Chiffchaffs were calling and singing in the area.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Sedge Warbler Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:25 Norfolk Tree Pipit Cley next the Sea at Eend of East Bank near disabled hide at 08:20 then flew/W NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field at 18:15 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Common Crane N/over Breydon Water at 10:35 + Short-eared Owl NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field just S/of church at 11:29 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Norwich W/over cathedral at 09:58 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike just NE/of Sparham Pools by barn NR9 5QY TG075178
Norfolk 3 Woodlark Happisburgh in fields by coastal watchpoint + 14 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT & 3 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk 15 Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NNR offshore
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course mid a/noon just W/of Skelding Hill. Keep to footpaths NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at 13:45 at N/nd at Ken Hill on pool viewable from inner sea wall but elusive TF648335
Norfolk Drake Garganey Salthouse at 12:45 W/of Iron Road at rear of main pool NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Haddiscoe Marshes at Haddiscoe Bridge + Common Crane NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course in gorse just W/of coastguard lookout but elusive. Keep to footpath Norfolk Garganey Salthouse at 07:00 from Iron Road NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park TF648335
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill viewable from inner sea wall at 07:30 TF648335

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

The highlight today was undoubtedly the flock of seven Common Cranes that flew high West over the grazing marsh late morning. A young Merlin perched on the east bank fence line caused some concern to the local Meadow Pipits and a ringtail Hen harrier was seen over the approach road. There was plenty of large raptor action locally, with at least six Marsh Harriers, four Common Buzzards and two Red Kites seen. Two hundred Brent Geese and fifteen Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh and an adult Gannet was seen offshore.

Common Cranes over the Grazing Marsh - G. Elton, Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Merlin, East Bank - G.Elton, Holme Bird Obs, March 2017
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT on dam wall at 16:00 NR11 8PR
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley next the Sea towards North Scrape mid a'noon + Spotted Redshank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Spa Common at 14:50
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Salthouse Heath flew SSE/at 13:20
Norfolk Pallid Harrier over rape field at Blunt's Corner, New Holkham 13:12
Norfolk 7 Common Crane flew/E over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 12:54
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Holme next the Sea over grazing marsh at 12:07
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Titchwell RSPB at 11:42 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT at 11:00 in sheep field behind church NR11 8PR
Norfolk 7 Common Crane W/over Titchwell RSPB at 10:36 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Common Crane flew W/over Thornham at 10:43 PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field behind church at 08:45 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 2 Garganey Snettisham RSPB at Ken Hill Marsh this a'noon TF650328 Norfolk Probable Ringtail Hen Harrier Warham Greens at 10:45 NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea again on beach
Norfolk Sedge Warbler Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:25
Norfolk Tree Pipit Cley next the Sea at Eend of East Bank near disabled hide at 08:20 then flew/W NR25 7SA TG049441

Tuesday 21st March 2017

A sunny but blustery day unfortunately meant birds were few and far between, with the most notable sighting being a count of thirty avocet on the Broadwater. A Harbour Porpoise was seen offshore during a sea-watch and one moth, a Hebrew Character, was in the moth trap.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 16:25 over stubble field
Norfolk Cattle Egret Weybourne Camp at 07:12 viewed from A149 NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on beach
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436

Sunday 19th March 2017

A breezy mild day which was rather quiet, but a female Crossbill was in the pines, a Cetti's Warbler was singing near the Obs and 2 Siskins flying over calling. 17 Pinkfeet were still on the grazing marsh.
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 1st Winter Coues's Arctic Redpoll Cockley Cley in garden this a'noon TF778054
Norfolk Juvenile Female Pallid Harrier 2/3ml ESE/of Blunt's Corner, New Holkham in stubble field at 16:22 TF895393
Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at 15:10 by beach c/pk in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Cattle Egret W/of Weybourne at 10:34 W/of Muckleburgh Collection viewable from A149 NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at 10:05 E/of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike NW/of Lygg at Sparham in hedge E/of Lime Kiln Road at 09:20 NR9 5QY TG075178
Norfolk Cattle Egret Weybourne 06;20 at campsite then flew E/towards beach c/pk NR25 7SR TG111435

Saturday 18th March 2017

A dull and damp day with strong westerly breeze, the highlight was a male Merlin heading east over the grazing marsh, while of interest were 9 Avocets, 4 Ruff, 5 Snipe, a Cetti's Warbler and a Chiffchaff. A few moths have been emerging, with 2 Hebrew Characters and a Red Chestnut caught overnight.

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Friday 17th March 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Female Pallid Harrier NNW/of North Creake flew NNW/at 13:40
Norfolk Adult White-tailed Eagle N/of North Creake flew E/over Creake Abbey at 11:18
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike NW/of Lyng N/of Lime Kiln Road mid a/noon NR9 5PX TG057183 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike SE/of New Holkham at 13:00 250yds SE/of Blunt's Corner
Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT E/of East Bank on The Serpentine with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Hooded Crow Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from Weavers' Way NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Waxham flew over road NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk 7 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddocks IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Firecrest Lynford Arboretum at 14: 10 in willows by path at lake IP26 5HW TL822943 Norfolk 2 Waxwing Thorpe St.Andrew flew from Winceby Close area towards Thorpe Business Park at 12:15
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum at feeders IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 13 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe off Titchwell RSPB + 22 Long-tailed Duck & 24 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool + White Wagtail PE31 8BB TF759436

Thursday 16th March 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Female Pallid Harrier N/of North Creake over fields behind Ceake Abbey Farm at 11:40 showing well
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Gorleston at mouth of River Yare early mrng NR31 6PL TG532036 Norfolk Great White Egret Cantley Marshes RSPB TG378039
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sidestrand offshore this a/noon NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike New Holkham SSW/of Blunt's Corner on wires at 16:30 but distant Norfolk 3rd Winter Glaucous Gull 1ml NNE/of Stiffkey at Stiffkey Fen + Short-eared Owl on coastal path 200yds W/of Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockley Cley this mrng S/of Drymere at Cockleycley Wood along firbreak 107 in clearfell TF778054
Norfolk Drake Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide this mrng NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk Drake Garganey E/of Potter Higham at Potter Heigham Marshes from River Thurne bank Norfolk 13 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach this mrng NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 9 Waxwing Costessey at Bawburgh Lane briefly at 07:45 NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk 162 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Heigham Holmes this mrng + 2 Water Pipit
Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 12:35 IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Martham 11:20 at Co-op/village green then flew off NR29 4DJ TG459202 Norfolk Hooded Crow Cromer W/past Cromer Lighthouse at 09:15 NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Drake Garganey Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from Mathew Ridley Hide.permit only NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Hooded Crow E/past Sidestrand at 07:50 NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Hooded Crow Cromer flew E/past lighthouse at 07:42 NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 2 Raven e/over Kelling Heath at 09:37 TG102419

Wednesday 15th March 2017

On the sea there were counts of 31 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers and a Red-necked Grebe. Three Red Kites were noted in the recording area.
A Mottled Grey was in the Moth trap and both Brimstone and Comma butterflies were seen on the wing.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Female Pallid Harrier North Creake at 16:15 Creake Abbey Farm in field behind farmshop
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB till 18:00 then flew/W NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB mid a'noon from track N/of hide NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham in hedge by minor rd at 13:10
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool E/of windpump at 09:00 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockleycley Wood along firebreak.109 TF778054
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham
Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull Stiffkey Fen at high tide NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk 10 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme NOA offshore TF717450
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Fritton Woods in 1st pines W/of old c'park
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier North Creake + Ringtail Hen Harrier at Burnham Norton
Norfolk 15 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 2 Garganey Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint IP26 4LQ TL727882

Tuesday 14th March 2017

A single White-fronted Goose was present on the grazing Marsh again today and two Red Kites were again seen mid-morning over the pines. On the sea there were  four Velvet Scoter, four Eider and 12 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 16:30 in hedge n/of minor road
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockleycley Wood along firebreak.107 TF778054
Norfolk 32 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap this a/noon
Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy + 3 Mealy Redpoll PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Bay NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Staithe flew W/over + Swallow & 8 Long-tailed Duck TF848457

Access road Information Update


The main access track to the Observatory will be shut on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March for repair.

Limited Parking will still available at the Saltings parking area by the five-bar gate.

Monday 13th March 2017

Another warm spring day with moderate westerlies saw raptors conspicuous once more. Five Marsh Harriers, 8 Common Buzzards and 3 Red Kites were over the marsh.

Interest from the sea included 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Common Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers and a drake Goldeneye; 5 Eiders flew east.

Around the reserve a few more Robins and Goldcrests were evident, a Chiffchaff was in the pines
and 3 Stonechats were noted. Overhead were 12 Siskins and a single Grey Wagtail.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 4 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 2 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum from gate IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 1 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck off Holme Dunes NNR Norfolk 8 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT W/of Rush Hill Scrape at 09:15 NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Hockwold Washes Washland Viewpoint at 11:55 IP26 4LQ TL727882
 Norfolk Eurasian White-fronted Goose Breydon Water + White Wagtail NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk 11 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 6 Waxwing New Costesssey in St. Walstans's Close this mrng but mobile
Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 12 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436

Sunday 12th March 2017

Saturday 11th March 2017

At least 2 Red Kites were active in the area again today, with up to 6 Stonechats and another sighting of a single White-fronted Goose. Two Cetti's Warblers and a Water Rail, a Chiffchaff, a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit and 2 Siskins were also noted during the day.

Friday 10th March 2017

At least 10 Red Kites were associating around the recording area during the day, and other highlights included 5 Buzzards, a White-fronted Goose, 1500 Golden Plover, 16 Ruff, a Cetti's Warbler, a single Chiffchaff, a Stonechat and a Siskin over calling. A Dotted Border was in the moth trap.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Female Pallid Harrier between South Creake & North Creake E/of B1355 from minor road at 15:50
Norfolk 15 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 11:00 + 3 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockley Cley S/of Drymere at Cockleycley Wood along firbreak 107 1/2ml along conifer plantation right of track TF778054
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull between Cromer & Overstrand following fishing boat
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cromer at 08:51 below lighthouse NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Gorleston-on-Sea at harbour mouth between 07:00 to 07:10 NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR at 15:10 from Tower Hide NR21 9GN TF901303 Norfolk Eurasian White-fronted Goose Holme-next-the Sea TF717450
Norfolk 10 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 2 Jack Snipe Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide at 11:14 but elusive NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Woodlark Blakeney Point at 10:00 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB over Volunteer Marsh + Long-tailed Duck offshore & 20 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Little Ringed Plover Titchwell RSPB near Parrinder Hide + Water Pipit Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436

Thursday 9th March 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Female Pallid Harrier ENE/of New Holkham W/of B1105 TF669401
Norfolk Great White Egret Pentney GPs this evng
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockley Cley S/of Drymere at Cockleycley Wood along firbreak No107 1/2ml along plantation right of track TF786054
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Dunes on beach + 18 Snow Bunting NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Great White Egret Earlham Marsh at 11:41
Norfolk 20 Shorelark Holkham Bay near Holkham gap + 2 Spoonbill on freshmarsh NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cromer on beach below lighthouse NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 3 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore at 13:00 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 6 Snow Bunting Old Hunstanton on beach opposite golf club house at 16:30 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool + Ringtail Hen Harrier 1ml S/of village PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 18 Snow Bunting Winterton at North Beach NR29 4BQ TG496198

Wednesday 8th March 2017

At least one vocal Cetti's Warbler could be heard throughout the day along the Broadwater along with at least one Water Rail. Searching through several hundred Pink-feet and Brent Geese on the grazing marsh again revealed the presence of the eight White-fronted Geese. Other birds of note during the day included 13 Avocets,  a Greenshank and a flyover Grey Wagtail.

Avocets on the Broadwater- Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Tuesday 7th March 2017

A beautiful Spring day with mild westerlies produced little in the way of obvious migration, with just a scattering of Meadow Pipits, 5 Stonechats and 2 Siskins suggestive of movement.

Flocks of Brent Geese and Pink-footed Geese were grazing on the marsh throughout the day and 8 Russian White-fronted Geese were present among them. Two Cetti's Warblers were singing around the Observatory building, a Tawny Owl called from the pines in the afternoon, a Grey Wagtail was seen on the approach road and reports from the sea included 4 Eiders and a single Red-breasted Merganser.

In the fine weather large raptors were conspicuous with at least 5 Common Buzzards, 6 Marsh Harriers and 2 Red Kites over the grazing marsh and village.

Norfolk News From Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier in grass field at Blunt's Corner, New Holkham again at 13:25
Norfolk No Sign of Pallid Harrier at stubble field Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 08:30-13:00 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at 17:30 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Waveney Forest mound TG457011
Norfolk 21 Shorelark between pines/dunes just E/of Holkham Gap at 15:30
Norfolk No Sign of Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves this mrng TL815900
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh + 2 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockleycley Wood at Cockleycley Wood along fire break.107 at early a'noon TF778054
Norfolk 22 Shorelark Holkham Bay just E/of Boardwalk NR23 1RJ TF892458

Monday 6th March 2017

A group of 8 White-fronted Geese were on the marsh again this afternoon, and a Peregrine was hunting.

The first moth of the year arrived in the form of a Satellite, pictured below:

Sunday 5th March 2017

A group of 8 White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh in the afternoon, together with 60+ Greylag Geese and 120+ Pink-feet. At least 4 Stonechats were still in the area.

Saturday 4th March 2017

Seawatching today produced 9 Eiders, 20 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoters, 37 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Fulmars, and 8 Great Crested Grebes. Raptors included 3 Red Kites and 7 Buzzards, while 27 Snow Buntings were on the beach and Stonechats totalled 9.

Friday 3rd March 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Female Pallid Harrier 2.5mls S/of Wells at 13:53 E/of B1105 just SE/of Crabbe Castle Farm but mobile NR23 1PP
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Hemsby on beach NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Spoonbill Warham Greens on pools this a/noon + 3 Hen Harrier (Male + 2 Ringtail) in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs at 15:20 Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich at Earlham Marsh at 13:05
Norfolk 33 Shorelark Holkham Bay 1/mmls W/of boardwalk + Great White Egret holkham Freshmarsh & 5 Spoonbill NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford on SW/side off London Road on Burrell Way on roof of recycling centre IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Arctic Skua Cley NWT at 10:45 near Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 14 Snow Bunting Holme Dunes NNR on beach at 10:55 + Black-throated Diver offshore Norfolk Hooded Crow flew W/past Weybourne Camp NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 9 Snow Bunting Gorleston-on-Sea NR31 6PL TG532036

Thursday 2nd March 2017

A blustery day but with some warm sunny spells, the sea was quiet with 10 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Great Crested Grebe the only notable birds, however a stunning male Hen Harrier flew in over the dunes and headed south early afternoon. A Rock Pipit flew over calling and the visiting band of 7 Stonechats were busy on the east bank all day.

Wednesday 1st March 2017

On the sea there were max counts of 36 Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Eider, 7 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. The Stonechats, at least 7 remained around the East Bank, with at least one more on the NWT reserve. A Red Kite was over the grazing Marsh mid morning, with two more over Thornham Harbour mid afternoon. At least ten Twite remained around the sea wall at Thornham, the rumps on several males now bright pink.
One of todays Stonechats- Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Red Kite over Thornham Harbour- Holme Bird Obs, March 2017


Twite Thornham Harbour - Holme Bird Obs, March 2017
 
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier Egmere flew/SW from pink cottages at 15:20 TH905375
Norfolk 34 Shorelark Holkham Gap Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh this mrng + 4 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk White Stork flew over Acle New Rd Acle at 14:14 (escaped) NR13 3AS TG413116
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Walsey Hills NOA just w/of pines NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk 5 Common Crane Ludham flew/W over Ludham at 10:00
Norfolk Great White Egret Berney Marshes RSPB behind mill + Short-eared Owl NR30 1SB TG460053
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Harbour at 10:00 then flew/E TG028441
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR on Holkham Lake mid mrng TF884451
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT Eof Beach Rd on Cricket Marsh late mrng NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cromer just E/of beach by golf course at 08:30 then flew/W NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holme-next-the Sea offshore + 7 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver & 10 Twite at sea wall in Thornham TF717450 Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Point + Jack Snipe NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT at 12:52 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR on the beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea + Great Northern Diver flew/W PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holme NOA + 2 Velvet Scoter, 5 Long-tailed Duck & 13 Eider on sea TF717450 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea + 17 Snow Bunting flew W/over beach PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB + 22 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436