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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd January 2021

 A beautiful day, with over 200 Golden Plover on the grazing marshes and at least 3 Stonechats in the recording area.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water flew over North Wall early a'noon
Norfolk Spotted Redshank ad Thornham Harbour still this morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp this morning (+4.Velvet Scoters still on sea)
Norfolk Water Pipit Blakeney Freshmarsh at Chapel Pool this morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still at Winmer Avenue on roof late morning

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 22nd January 2021

 A Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still flew west past beach car park at 1.30pm
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll High Kelling
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT on Bull Marsh (+52.Russian White-fronted Geese)

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 20th January 2021


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Norfolk 8.Velvet Scoters Weybourne: 6.on sea, 2.flew east
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Monday Blakeney Harbour on Agar Creek Saltmarsh
Norfolk Water Pipit on Sunday 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Hen Harrier on Monday Ranworth
Norfolk Scaup on Sunday Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Cley NWT still

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 19th January 2021

A short sea watch produced the distant flock of Common Scoter, numbering around 1500 birds, plus 12 Red-throated Divers and 6 Fulmar. A single Twite was again found in amongst the Linnet flock frequenting the mouth of Thornham Harbour. The immature Peregrine was seen hunting over the Grazing Marsh.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on beach west of beach car park at 9.20am (+30.Snow Buntings still)

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 18th January 2021

On the sea today 680 Common Scoters and a Gannet were of note.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on beach
Norfolk 28.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT east of East Bank at 1.01pm
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Martham Ferry

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 17th January 2021

A fine and sunny day with light winds, highlights today were 6 Russian White-fronted Geese on the marsh opposite the Observatory.

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Norfolk 12.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh mid a'noon +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth on north beach briefly then flew north
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on North Scrape at 11.41am
Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh +Great White Egret
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on beach
Norfolk Great White Egret Kimberley in flooded field by River Tiffey footpath
Norfolk possible White-billed Diver Cley NWT flew over Arnold's Marsh then east over sea at c10.05am
Norfolk 29.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 16th January 2021

A snowy scene first thing, giving way to sideways sleet storms which dried up during the afternoon. Over 2000 Wigeon were on the grazing marshes with 200 Golden Plover also of note.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on beach west of beach car park this morning
Norfolk 3.Water Pipits Cley this morning



Holme Bird Observatory Friday 15th January 2021

 Today's highlights were from Thornham Harbour, where a Rock Pipit, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and 4 Twite were recorded. A Cetti's Warbler was calling near the Observatory and a Tawny Owl was calling in the village.

Holme Bird Observatory, Thursday 14th January 2021

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew north past California at 7.55am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on beach this morning
Norfolk 46.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Bayfield Hall still in morning
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Ten Mile Bank flew west over A10
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w 2mls SW of Cringleford still 1/2ml NE of Ketteringham just south of A11 by Station Lane at Ketteringham Recycling Centre in field viewed from Cantley Lane mid morning NR9 3AZ

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 13th January 2021

The sea was again quiet, with a 30 minute sea watch producing the distant flock of Common Scoter, numbering at least a 1000 birds, five Red-breasted Merganser, a single Red-throated Diver and a drake Goldeneye. On the Grazing Marsh six Russian White-fronted Geese were again present.

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Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Breydon Water at South Wall on marsh just west of pumphouse

Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still 2.15pm

Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh over saltmarsh west of New Cut

Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both 1w) 2mls SW of Cringleford still 1/2ml NE of Ketteringham just south of A11 by Station Lane at Ketteringham Recycling Centre in field viewed from Cantley Lane mid morning NR9 3AZ TG.175.037

Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Winterton

Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers y'day Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill roost

Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river 


Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 12th January 2021

Highlights today included a mixed flock of Skylarks and Linnets in the mouth of Thornham Harbour numbering close to two hundred birds, with a least one Twite picked out amongst them. A female Blackcap was in the scrub near the Observatory Building. On the sea the Common Scoter flock had seemingly increased to in excess of 2,000 birds but were very distant, a single drake Eider was noted just offshore.

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Norfolk 3.Waxwings Snettisham at B1440/ Old Church Road junction at 3pm

Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still from Rollesby Bridge mid a'noon

Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male still Snettisham RSPB from 5.bar gate by entrance PE31 7RA

Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Melton Constable flew east over church

Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w 2mls SW of Cringleford still 1/2ml NE of Ketteringham just south of A11 by Station Lane at Ketteringham Recycling Centre in field viewed from Cantley Lane at 11.45am NR9 3AZ TG.175.037

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still 10.13am

Norfolk Caspian Gull y'day 2mls SW of Cringleford +1/2ml NE of Ketteringham just south of A11 by Station Lane at Ketteringham Recycling Centre in field viewed from Cantley Lane NR9 3AZ TG.175.037

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 11th January 2021

A grey and breezy but milder day. An Avocet on the NWT pools was a surprise, and over 200 Golden Plover were on the grazing marshes.

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Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Bayfield Hall still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on beach near car park at 10.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river
Norfolk no sign of any Cattle Egrets near Halvergate
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk 2+Waxwings c1ml NNW of Poringland flew south over Arminghall at 11.45am
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male y'day still Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance at 12.15pm +showing well PE31 7RA

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 10th January 2021

A quiet day with another hard frost and the Broadwater partially frozen. On the grazing marshes 4 Ruff were among the Lapwings and Golden Plover, and 4 Black-tailed Godwits dropped in near the Broadwater edge. A Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the village and an unidentified wild Swan was at the west end of the grazing marsh, landing out of view.

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Norfolk 12.Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick in flooded field viewed from river bank at Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB at 1.35pm
Norfolk 3.Snow Geese Burnham Overy Dunes from Gun Hill at 11.38am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Bayfield Hall still with Greylag Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets near Halvergate in cattle field
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river
Norfolk Slav Grebe y'day Cromer
Norfolk Black Redstart y'day just north of Grimston at Congham off St.Andrew's Lane at The Beeches

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 9th January 2021

A Peregrine was hunting the beach during the afternoon and a Rock Pipit flew over Gore Point.

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Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still 2.25pm at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river
Norfolk Glossy Ibis flew west over Martham Broad +appeared to land at Heigham Holmes at 10.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river at 10.55am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter y'day Weybourne
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day NE of Chedgrave still at Hardley Staithe

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 8th January 2021

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Norfolk Water Pipit Holme Dunes still on marsh
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w 2mls SW of Cringleford still 1/2ml NE of Ketteringham just south of A11 by Station Lane at Ketteringham Recycling Centre in field viewed from Cantley Lane NR9 3AZ TG.175.037
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Claxton Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 6th January 2021

The sea was disappointingly quiet, though a drake Long-tailed Duck was recorded flying past West. On the grazing marsh six Russian White-fronted Geese were again present, as was the immature female Peregrine. A Kingfisher was around the sluice along Thornham Bank and a Spotted Redshank and female Goosander were reported from Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Bittern Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB flew over reedbed from main viewpoint
Norfolk Black Redstart Holt in garden at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne Camp still on sea this morning +Black-throated Diver flew east
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk flew west past Holme Dunes
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 11.50am +2.Short-eared Owls still
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Winterton on sea
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich again at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river then flew off
Norfolk 20.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still at east end at midday


Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 5th January 2021

Eight Eider, two Red-throated Diver and an adult Kittiwake was the best an early morning sea watch had to offer today.

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Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still on beach
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv y'day Salthouse again east of Beach Road late a'noon
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton on sea
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Cley off beach car park at 10.31am
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Cley off beach car park
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich again at Colney GPs by river in paddock at Chapel Break Road
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew north past Gorleston clifftop car park at 9.40am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 4th January 2021

 Two Red-throated Divers, a Kittiwake and a probable Razorbill passed offshore first thing, and a Peregrine was hunting the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk Bean Goose sp (probably Taiga Bean Goose) Runcton Holme in field behind church with Whooper Swans (+Great White Egret)
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp 10.05-10.50am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad again this a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 11.41am
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male still Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance late morning tho elusive PE31 7RA
Norfolk Velvet Scoter flew west past Cley NWT
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Snettisham RSPB still 3pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle King's Lynn between Queen Elizabeth roundabout +Hardwick roundabout by main road at 8.30am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 3rd January 2021

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Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle 2w Wolferton still 3.05pm in fields tho distant. Walk from Semba Trading to view trees on left
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still west of beach car park on shingle
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 2.20pm flew east past Beach Hotel
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male still this a'noon Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance PE31 7RA
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle 2w flew south over Wolferton at 1.06pm
Norfolk 4+Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB again (+68.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 11.08am
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Holkham Park still with deer
Norfolk 12.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby from barn tho distant TG.420.124
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle 2w still between Snettisham +Wolferton on post at 10.35am TF.638.298
Norfolk 28.Whooper Swans Ludham Airfield
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male still 10.16am Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance PE31 7RA
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still opposite Beach Hotel +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs in paddock by Chapel Break Road at 9.51am
Norfolk Waxwing Kelling Heath still by A149 at 8.51am (+Bewick's Swan flew east at 8.35am)
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male still Snettisham RSPB in field with caravans by car park entrance at c8.35am PE31 7RA
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls y'day Halvergate Marsh
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks y'day Breydon Water still +Russian White-fronted Goose

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 2nd January 2021

 At least 6 Rusian White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh during the afternoon, a Red Kite drifted over Marsh Barn, and at NWT on the sea 2000 Common Scoter were counted and 3 Velvet Scoters flew past. A Water Rail was near the heligoland trap and a Barn Owl was hunting near Redwell Marsh first thing. Two Stonechats were in the dunes.

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Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west over Felmingham this morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen +8.Whooper Swans flew west
Norfolk 6+Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey by road with 4,000+Pink-footed Geese +Great White Egret
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Holkham Park this a'noon
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose ad Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning with Pink-footed Geese (+ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose Water Pipit)
Norfolk Bean Goose sp juv Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Waxwing High Kelling by The Street at 1.34pm TG.089.423
Norfolk Waxwing still c1.30pm Kelling Heath 400yds NE of main Holgate Hill car park on rosehips by metal gate
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male still c1.30pm Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance PE31 7RA
Norfolk 70.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male again Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance at midday PE31 7RA
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Welney still on bank by 100.Foot Drain
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk no sign of 1w.male.Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance PE31 7RA
Norfolk Black Redstart y'day Holt in garden at 3.30pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad till c10.40am then flew east
Norfolk 18.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs in paddock by Chapel Break Road at c10.45am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 10.19am on North Scrape then flew west towards beach car park
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 9.56am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT again on North Scrape
Norfolk Waxwing still Kelling Heath 400yds NE of main Holgate Hill car park on rosehips by metal gate +showing well
Norfolk Lapland Bunting y'day Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh mid a'noon

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 1st January 2021

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A brief seawatch today produced 1000 Common Scoter and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, while on the grazing marshes over 3000 Pink-feet were counted. A flock of 150 Golden Plover, a Kingfisher, Water Rail, 2 Stonechats, a Bullfinch and a single Twite at Thornham Harbour were also of interest.

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Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Honing at Lock Road at midday then flew north NR28 9PJ
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Velvet Scoter flew past Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still +4.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still 1.35pm on shingle ridge 1/4ml west of beach car park
Norfolk no sign of 1w.male.Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance 1.18-1.48pm PE31 7RA
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still from Rollesby Bridge at 1.01pm +Bittern
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese still Cantley Marshes RSPB tho elusive
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey south of wind pump
Norfolk Waxwing still 12.50pm Kelling Heath 400yds NE of main Holgate Hill car park on rosehips by metal gate +showing well
Norfolk 3.Russian White-fronted Geese flew SE over Cley NWT
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Horsey in field 500yds south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk 82.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 46.Snow Buntings still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area +Long-tailed Duck 3.Velvet Scoters TF.899.460
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Snettisham RSPB near car park
Norfolk repeat: Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance (for 2nd day) PE31 7RA
Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male Snettisham RSPB by car park entrance
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets still Holkham south of A149 in field just west of Burnham Road at 11am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs in paddock by Chapel Break Road at 11.15am
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) Snettisham
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 10.27am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still 11.09am on shingle ridge 1/4ml west of beach car park
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Earlham Marsh at 10.55am
Norfolk Waxwing still Kelling Heath 400yds NE of main Holgate Hill car park on rosehips by metal gate at 10.45am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling still on beach near pillbox at 9.46am
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad still +5.Common Cranes
Norfolk Smew redhead Filby Broad still on west side tho distant
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley flew west past beach car park
Norfolk 61.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory 31st December 2020

Once again there were around 5,000 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh along with the six White-fronted Geese. The immature Peregrine was also seen on several occasions over the Broadwater and the grazing marsh.

The young Peregrine that has been seen regularly over the grazing marsh

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Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen
Norfolk 139.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh early a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w till late morning west of Norwich at Earlham Marsh then flew north
Norfolk Smew redhead Filby Broad still from boardwalk at 11.55am tho distant
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Dersingham Bog still
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich at Earlham Marsh at 11.15am
Norfolk Waxwing still Kelling Heath in hawthorns by Weybourne Road near metal gates by footpath late morning
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash
Norfolk 5.Smew (all redheads) Cley flew west past beach car park at 9.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs in paddock by Chapel Break Road mid morning
Norfolk 48.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Bayfield Hall still

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 30th December 2020

Around 5,000 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh this morning, an impressive sight and sound, though the only other species found of note amongst them was a group of six Russian White-fronted Geese. A Red kite was around the Broadwater, and watched having several unsuccessful attempts to take a Teal from the water. 

Six distant Russian White-fronts on the marsh this morning

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Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Wells still on saltmarsh
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew SW over Gorleston early a'noon
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew east past Stiffkey
Norfolk Smew redhead Filby Broad still at SW end
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Holme on grazing marsh with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still from Rollesby Bridge
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Whitlingham Ctry Park over east end of Great Broad at 9.57am then flew south
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls 1.5mls NW of North Wootton at Wootton Marsh off Marsh Road over fields 1/3ml north of Marsh Farm cTF.627.256
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in flight near The Holt mid morning then flew towards Hickling. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese y'day West Beckham

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 29th December 2020

 A cold misty start with several thousand Pink-feet on the grazing marsh from first light. As the weather improved the geese started to trickle off inland in small groups, with others arriving largely from the East as they did so, with three Tundra Bean Geese noted amongst them. Other birds seen today included the immature female Peregrine, at least two Bearded Tits and four Eider offshore.

One of the three Tundra Bean Geese.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse at Beach Road on pool at 2.37pm
Norfolk Smew redhead Filby Broad still 2.29pm on west side viewed from road bridge
Norfolk report of Black Brant between Kelling Water Meadows +Muckleburgh Hill was erroneous; bird probably Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits west of Wells in flooded fields viewed from track north from B1105 at midday
Norfolk Black Brant between Kelling Water Meadows +Muckleburgh Hill
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still from Rollesby Bridge at 12.47pm
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Tottenhill Pits still on main pit at 12.15pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still at pit on west side at 11.16am
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 10.59am
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still on bank by 100ft Drain at 10.45am
Norfolk Smew redhead Filby Broad still on west side near reeds viewed from road bridge at 11.35am
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Holme NOA on grazing marsh
Norfolk 31.Russian White-fronted Geese Snettisham east of path to RSPB reserve at 9.59am
Norfolk 3.Water Pipits y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 28th December 2020

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR again 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese Choseley drying barns this a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl NE of Chedgrave still at Hardley Staithe mid a'noon
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 1.30pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 47.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area at 12.35pm TF.899.460. Long-tailed Duck on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Blakeney Harbour in outer section viewed from Stiffkey at 10.30am tho distant +Great Northern Diver Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB /Buckenham Marshes RSPB by c1pm (but c60.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB. 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB)
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB /Buckenham Marshes RSPB by c1pm (but c60.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB. 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB)
Norfolk 62.Russian White-fronted Geese flew over Buckenham towards Cantley at 12.13pm
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still from Rollesby Bridge this morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still this morning
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Tottenhill Pits still with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.37am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich again at Colney GPs in flight
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe Marshes by dyke in a'noon
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB at west end late a'noon

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 23rd December 2020

A first foggy and then foggy and wet day, which meant birding activities were largely curtailed. That said several thousand Pink-feet were visible, or at the very least audible, in the recording area. A Peregrine appeared briefly mid morning and some diligent searching revealed another roost site for the local Tawny Owl.


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Norfolk Black Brant ad Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh at c10.30am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese then flew off
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks at c1pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still on North Beach near sheds




Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 22nd December 2020

A seeming family party of six White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh today, and a single Snow Bunting was noted flying east along the beach early morning.

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Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) between Thornham +Choseley Farm still mid a'noon east of road with Pink-footed Geese cTF.744.422
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still on beach west of beach car park +Lapland Bunting
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 11.20am
Norfolk 10.Bewick's Swans between Sea Palling +Ingham still opposite Boundary Farm late morning +26.Whooper Swans still TG.412.269
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose just north of Horsey at Warren Farm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) between Thornham +Choseley Farm still east of road mid morning with Pink-footed Geese cTF.744.42
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton still on North Beach (+Snow Bunting still)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR on flood on west side of Little Ouse River mid morning
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Cantley Marshes RSPB flew north mid morning
Norfolk 20+Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still from Daukes' Hide +Water Pipit. 21.Snow Buntings flew east past north end of East Bank

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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 21st December 2020

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Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches y'day Lynford Arboretum still. Great White Egret Lynford Water
Norfolk 20.Twite y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh along sea wall mid a'noon
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese between Thornham +Choseley Farm again east of road with Pink-footed Geese cTF.744.422
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) between Thornham +Choseley Farm again east of road at c10.30am with Pink-footed Geese cTF.744.422
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again on beach just west of beach car park at 2.53pm

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 20th December 2020

Highlights today included 3 Russian White-fronted Geese with the Pink-feet at the west end of the grazing marsh, on the sea a Red-breasted Merganser, a Red-throated Diver and a Fulmar were counted, and a juvenile Peregrine was hunting mid-morning. Two Bearded Tits were near Thornham sluice and a Rock Pipit was near the Coal Barn. A Water Pipit was also seen flying over the grazing marsh and a Pale-bellied Brent was with the Brent Goose flock.

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Norfolk 16.Common Cranes 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still on Lady Fen at 2.06pm
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still this morning tho elusive
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still this morning
Norfolk 15+Bewick's Swans between Sea Palling +Ingham still opposite Boundary Farm shop on pool at 1.50pm +15+Whooper Swans still TG.412.269
Norfolk 30.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 1.16pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew south over Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT flew west along beach at 1.32pm
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Winterton Holmes from concrete track at 1.20pm
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew west past Cley NWT +Little Gull. White-fronted Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew west past Cley NWT +Little Gull. White-fronted Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Auk reported Holkham Bay briefly (+47.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 6.Water Pipits reported Holkham
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham Bay still
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Sea Palling flew south at 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 12.17pm
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton still on North Beach between groynes.52 +54 at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB again at South Pit at 7.30am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Wiveton till late morning in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction then flew off. Pls respect local residents TG.041.433
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Thornham by Choseley Road with Pink-footed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Wiveton in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction late morning. Pls respect local residents TG.041.433
Norfolk 9.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh between coastguards +Ostend along cliff path at 9.30am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still on riverbank +showing well
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings Happisburgh still on cliff edge at 9.19am
Norfolk 7.Scaup still Hunstanton off jet ski ramp tho distant
Norfolk 14.Snow Buntings Sea Palling still on beach near northern sea defence reef at 9.30am +Purple Sand
Norfolk 19.Common Cranes y'day Upton Marshes NWT at 3.33pm then flew off
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB