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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Tuesday 29th DECEMBER 2020

Further to the announcement of a Tier 4 (Stay at home) lockdown in Norfolk, the NOA has closed all hides on its nature reserves. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit.

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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 28th February 2021

Highlights today included 6 Red Kites, a single Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Pintail near Thornham sea wall, Barn and Tawny Owls, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs singing near the village, and a curious House Sparrow exploring near the Observatory.

Another Small Tortoiseshell was seen on the reserve.

Moth traps are on!!

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Norfolk Water Pipit Salthouse on marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Salthouse still west of Iron Road in channel 150yds south of beach this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) Postwick Marshes still 3pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still at North Beach at groyne.50
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Hindolveston over fields this morning then flew south
Norfolk Black Redstart male between North Walsham +Aylsham in garden
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe y'day Salthouse still west of Iron Road in channel 150yds south of beach at 12.30pm

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 27th February 2021

A single Crossbill was in the pines and a Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing

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Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick Marshes still from Bramerton Woods End at 3.40pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad
Norfolk 18.Bewick's Swans flew east over Barford
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad again
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 26th February 2021

Highlights today were at least 4 Red Kites and a Raven (two were heard) drifting east over the grazing marsh around 2pm. Also noted today were a Rock Pipit and a Spotted Redshank in Thornham Harbour, and in Holme village 3 Crossbills and 3 Bramblings were also observed.

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Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese west of Caister-on-Sea again at West Caister in field NE of West Road /Clink Hill junction
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Winterton North Beach on rocks
Norfolk 25.Russian White-fronted Geese Weybourne Camp flew east 7am-9am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Salthouse still west of Iron Road in channel 150yds south of beach this morning
Norfolk 3.Smew (all redheads) Rollesby Broad still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water still by South Wall +Great White Egret
Norfolk Bewick's Swan y'day NW of Norwich at Hellesdon flew over Drayton Wood Road
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew NW over Hindolveston at 11.40am
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew west over Fulmodeston at 11.53am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) Rollesby Broad still
Norfolk Ring-necked Parakeet Wells in garden then flew off
Norfolk Common Crane Sprowston flew west over Harrison's Wood at 7.17am

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 25th February 2021

A Spoonbill flew east over the grazing marsh late morning and a Barn Owl was hunting near Thornham Harbour

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Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets y'day Welney WWT still +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick Marshes still from Bramerton Woods End at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Ravens flew north over Felmingham at 11.40am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills on Tuesday flew west over Blakeney Harbour mid morning


Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 24th February 2021

Another blowy day here at the coast. A brief sea watch produced little of note, the best being a single Red-throated Diver. Migration wise a single Grey wagtail headed over west, a Siskin was in the pines with the Goldfinches and five Rooks flew over east. A Spotted Redshank was in Thornham Harbour.

Male Siskin

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Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad at east end from viewing screen mid a'noon

Norfolk Spoonbill flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning

Norfolk 7.Common Cranes flew west over Buxton at 11.52am

Norfolk 6.Common Cranes flew west over Langham at 11.48am

Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Titchwell RSPB near visitor centre on Thornham Marsh at 12.19pm

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still

Norfolk 4.Smew (all redheads) Rollesby Broad in NW corner at 8am

Norfolk 3.Common Cranes y'day flew over Buckenham Marshes RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory 23rd February 2021

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Cley NWT flew east past Babcock Hide at 11.45am

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp still

Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Pentney GPs still

Norfolk Slav Grebe Breydon Water still at South Wall off pumphouse

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still

Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still 

Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Holme Dunes flew west over pines at 11.15am

Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick Marshes still 12.20pm

Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT still on Watling Water

Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Salthouse still west of Iron Road in channel 150yds south of beach at 8am

Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Holkham Freshmarsh at 9.05am

Norfolk 42.Bewick's Swans flew east over Horsey Corner at 9.27am

Norfolk White Wagtail male y'day Salthouse east of north end of Beach Road

Norfolk 40.Bewick's Swans flew east over Colney. 40.Bewick's Swans flew NNE over West Earlham at 8.48am

Norfolk 40.Bewick's Swans flew east over Colney. 40.Bewick's Swans flew NNE over West Earlham at 8.48am

Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew south over Honingham early morning



Holme Bird Observatory Monday 22nd February 2021

A quiet day, but 2+ Crossbills, 3 Siskins and 4 Redpolls flew over calling mid morning.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still
Norfolk 33.Bewick's Swans flew east over How Hill NNR at 9.30am
Norfolk Common Crane Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 1.35pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes west of Norwich flew west over Colney GPs at 9.33am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Salthouse still west of Iron Road in channel c150yds south of beach ridge at 9.31am
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes west of Norwich flew west over north side of Earlham Cemetery at c9.20am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Norwich flew over City Road at 9.16am
Norfolk Common Crane Norwich in Thorpe St.Andrew flew west over Thunder Lane at c9.10am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Norwich flew over Britannia Road at c9.10am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Terrington St.Clement over marsh west of wildfowlers' car park at 1pm

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 21st February 2021

A Russian White-fronted Goose was on the grazing marsh and at least 6 Stonechats were counted, with 3 Barn Owls, 2 Rock Pipits, 2 Avocets, a Water Rail and a Red Kite all of interest. Two Spotted Redshank were in Thornham Channel. A Woodcock and 18 Snipe were at the north end of the village.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 3.40pm
Norfolk 4+Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick Marsh still tho distant
Norfolk Crossbill SE of Ketteringham at Lady Belt Wood near lake at 10am
Norfolk Shag Denver Sluice
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Winterton in sugar beet field with 3,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk Smew redhead Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in field behind metal barn tho distant TG.420.124
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Salthouse still at Iron Road at north end in channel near beach
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still +Great White Egret

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 20th February 2021

A Greenshank and a Short-eared Owl were highlights today, a Red Kite drifted over the village and a Chiffchaff was in the willows near the NOA staff car park.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew east over Postwick Marshes at 4.02pm
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick Marshes at 3.59pm
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh at 1.50pm
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh at 1.33pm
Norfolk 27.Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Smew (all redheads) y'day Rollesby Broad in NW corner
Norfolk 5+Scaup (1.drk) y'day Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe at 7.25am. redhead.Smew in bay near Rowland Green's Mill

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd February 2021

Two Spotted Redshanks were present in Thornham Harbour

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Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still 
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still from viewing platform
Norfolk probable Black-throated Diver flew north past Gorleston-on-Sea at 11.30am

Temporary Closure of Walsey Hills reserve from Monday 22nd February 2021 - Replacement of Steps

 The NOA needs to close its Walsey Hills reserve for site works starting on Monday as all 3 sets of steps on the reserve are to be replaced. We expect this work to last between 2 and 3 weeks and will update our members accordingly. We do apologise to those members who live locally and might like to have taken a walk at the reserve, but we will restore access as soon as we can.

Thankyou!

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 18th February 2021

An immature Peregrine once again caused havoc and panic on the grazing marsh. On the sea things were much quieter than the previous day, with two Gannets, two Eider and a Red-throated Diver the best that good be found.

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Norfolk 38 Bewick's Swans near Winterton

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 17th February 2021

After several disappointing sea watches over the last few weeks it was refreshing to record a drake Long-tailed Duck, a Great Northern Diver, two Goldeneye and two Velvet Scoters during the morning's session. Another Goldeneye was noted flying along the Broadwater, two Red Kites were over the Grazing Marsh and three Woodcock were seen during the day. A Ringtail Hen Harrier and a Spotted Redshank were also at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret west of Ingworth on River Bure viewed from Priory Lane

Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day Winterton by diamond sign in a'noon

Norfolk 30.Bewick's Swans Honing flew east over Lock Road at 8.52am

Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour still +ringtail.Hen Harrier

Norfolk 5.Waxwings Wymondham at Tuttles Lane West /Longlands Drive at 8.05am then flew towards town

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 16th February 2021

An adult female Peregrine was seen on several occasions on the grazing marsh, two Woodcock and two roosting Tawny Owls were recorded.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull Weybourne Camp this morning (+2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad but no sign of Black-necked Grebe

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 15th February 2021

As the thaw began today flocks of mixed waders were on the grazing marshes, and 8 Woodcock were still around the pines and car parks. A Cetti's Warbler and 2 Bearded Tits were heard near Thornham sluice. A flock of 11 Barnacle Geese were seen coming in off the sea from the north west.

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Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Welney by 100.foot River near suspension bridge mid a'noon
Norfolk Lammergeier ad east of East Dereham +just east of North Tuddenham flew east over pig farm by A47 near Mattishall turning at 1pm
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still early a'noon Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) north of Wells at Wells Woods in birches just before Dell from centre track at 1pm (+3.Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Buckenham Marshes RSPB this morning +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at 10.33am (not Slav Grebe)
Norfolk Slav Grebe Whitlingham Ctry Park still 10.27am at Great Broad +1w.fem.Scaup but no sign of redhead Smew
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +8.Common Cranes again
Norfolk Slav Grebe Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad by island
Norfolk Lammergeier ad reported y'day flew over Lenwade [seen from moving vehicle]
Norfolk Bittern y'day Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad mid a'noon

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 14th February 2021

A ring-tail Hen Harrier was hunting the marsh in the afternoon, and a Peregrine was hovering over the pines in the high winds. At least 15 Snipe and 5 Woodcock were still around the reserve. 

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Norfolk 150.Woodcock Cley
Norfolk 20.Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk 4.Scaup Hickling Broad NWT still +7.Common Cranes
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad at conservation area just west of island
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Cley NWT still
Norfolk Smew redhead still SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 13th February 2021



Snipe and Water Rail sheltering and feeding in the Dell. A Woodcock was with them.

Another bitterly cold wind today with even less unfrozen ground, Woodcock (12+) and Snipe (15+) were numerous with several feeding in sheltered areas of the reserve. Two Peregrines and a Barn Owl were hunting again.

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Norfolk Smew redhead Whitlingham Ctry Park still 2.45pm on Great Broad +1w.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still +Bittern
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Norwich at Longwater on NEWS building at midday
Norfolk Smew redhead Whitlingham Ctry Park still this a'noon on Great Broad
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad. Bittern still on ice in Conservation Bay
Norfolk Great White Egret Kimberley Hall Lake at 9.52am
Norfolk Smew redhead Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at west end opposite car park
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still +2.Russian White-fronted Geese flew over

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 12th February 2021

A bitterly cold wind got up today with snow and ice still on the ground and the Broadwater largely frozen. At least 5 Woodcock were around the pines and 30+ Snipe were on the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Smew redhead y'day Ormesby Broad but no sign today
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Hethersett flew south over A11 at 10.50am
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad. Bittern still west of island from south shore
Norfolk Jack Snipe Wymondham north of abbey near railway bridge at 10.10am then flew to ditch
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh flew east over saltmarsh at 11.35am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still




















Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 11th February 2021



Kingfisher and Reed Bunting photographed at Thornham by John Warham

Another day of lying snow, with a hard frost. Broadwater was largely frozen with over 500 Wigeon concentrated at the west end, and 900+ Pink-feet on the marsh nearby. At least 185 Snipe were counted during the day with many feeding near the sea wall at Thornham in the afternoon. Two Peregrines were also squabbling over the back of Drove Orchards and a Water Rail was heard near the sluice. At least 3 Woodcock were seen and a Barn Owl was hunting in the village. On the beach thousands of gulls and waders were feeding together.

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Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Grey Phal flew past Cley +juv.Iceland Gull flew east
Norfolk Lammergeier ad reported 4mls ESE of Dereham at Mattishall over Back Lane at 11.34am
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lammergeier SW of Bawdeswell opposite Bawdeswell Heath in NW corner of Bylaugh Park
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew SE over North Lopham at 8.30am
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad just east of jetty. Bittern by viewing screen

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 10th February 2021

Woodcocks again featured today with at least twelve noted. An adult Med Gull was again on the beach and a Spotted Redshank and Greenshank were both noted in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still mid a'noon at Great Broad at east end

Norfolk Red-breasted Merg drk Barton Broad

Norfolk Hen Harrier male Blakeney Freshmarsh still from Friary Hills

Norfolk Hawfinch just east of Dereham at Neatherd Moor

Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad. Great White Egret Thorpe Marshes

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 9th February 2021

More snow over night and  today meant harder conditions for the birds. Seemingly an arrival of some birds as elsewhere along the east coast, with a total of thirteen Woodcock inadvertently flushed during the course of the day around the Obs. On the sea a single Guillemot was noted, three Pintail flew west and two adult Mediterranean Gulls were noted among the gulls along the shoreline. The most unusual bird today though from an Observatory perspective was a Yellowhammer flying east along the Broadwater calling. Two Avocets and a Spotted Redshank were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Melton Constable this morning

Norfolk 45.Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew east over Felmingham

Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad at west end

Norfolk 8.Knot Buckenham Marshes RSPB

Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still

Norfolk 61+Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT at Bull Marsh

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

Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem y'day Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad at west end


Holme Bird Observatory onday 8th February 2021

 A day of persistent snow showers. The Broadwater remained unfrozen and 1200 Wigeon were on the near side of the marsh, with 200 Golden Plover and 100 Curlew also counted. A Woodcock was flushed near the west entrance to the reserve.

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Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Snow Bunting Bawsey [heard only]
Norfolk 4.Grey Plovers Buckenham Marshes RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 7th February 2021

 A Greenshank was in Thornham Harbour

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Norfolk 8.Snow Buntings Cley NWT
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels flew east past Weybourne Camp 8.15-10.05am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs again at Chapel Break Road in paddock by River Yare

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 6th February 2021

A wash-out today with rain and increasing easterlies all day, however the Peregrine created mayhem on the reserve a few times.

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Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters y'day Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Thurne still just south of staithe early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Thurne still just south of staithe then flew behind Manor Farm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day NE of Chedgrave still at Hardley Staithe

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 5th February 2021

At least 10 Pochard were still present together with 130 Curlew and 70 Golden Plover on the grazing marsh. A Red Kite drifted over just west of Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w 3.5mls west of Norwich at Earlham Marsh at 1.30pm TG.188.086
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by River Yare this a'noon
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still tho distant
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Thurne in horse field just south of staithe late morning
Norfolk 2.Ravens east of Colney GPs flew west at 10.25am
Norfolk Great White Egret Marlingford still from Marlingford Bridge by River Yare at mill at 7.58am but no sign at 9am
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad in conservation area at 9.10am
Norfolk Twite y'day Thornham Harbour still

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 4th February 2021

A Tawny Owl and 2 Water Rails were heard during the day. A mysterious flock of  12 Pochard appeared on the edge of the Broadwater with 15 Tufted Ducks. Three Bullfinches were in the hedges along Broadwater Road and 3 Redwings were in scrub opposite the NOA car park.

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Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Salthouse on beach at midday
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton in fields opposite Burnham Market turning. 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy on town marshes
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton in fields opposite Burnham Market turning. 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy on town marshes
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad at west end at 9.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Poringland on roof 
Norfolk Cattle Egret Thurne still south of staithe with horses
Norfolk 25.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day flew over Cley NWT
Norfolk 30.Bewick's Swans Wymondham flew east over abbey at 8.07am
Norfolk 44.Bewick's Swans y'day Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey in a'noon

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 3rd February 2021

A mid morning hour long sea watch, produced ten Eider, eight Red-breasted Merganser, five Great Crested Grebe and three Fulmar. The highlight though was a Woodcock watched flying in across the Wash with another seen earlier along Thornham Bank. A Kingfisher was also along Thornham Bank near the sluice, and a Greenshank and Spotted Redshank were in Thornham Harbour.


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Norfolk 69+Russian White-fronted Geese Bayfield Hall still on east side of lake
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thurne this morning +2.Cattle Egrets just south of staithe
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Market early a'noon: 2.in cattle field towards Tower Windmill, 1.in field along Friar's Lane
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour still 11.30am
Norfolk 47+Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad at west end at 8.45am


Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 2nd February 2021

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Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley along Blakeney Bank just north of A149 sluice this a'noon with 500.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 10.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Hassingham in sugar beet field with 1,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 4.Bewick's Swans y'day flew south over Claxton Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 1st February 2021

A female Merlin was seen near the sea wall at Thornham and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were in Thonrham Channel. Two Rock Pipits were near the coal barn. A Red Kite drifted over the A149 and a Water Rail was heard from the reedbeds. At least 150 Fieldfares was at the back of Drove Orchards and a male Stonechat was on the east bank. 

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Norfolk 33.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west over Hickling Broad NWT +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still. Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still. Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still
Norfolk Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT. Great White Egret Cadbury Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory 31st January 2021

A drake Pintail and a female Common Scoter were asleep on the edge of the Broadwater today, and on the sea 1,228 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars and 6 Great Crested Grebes were counted. Two Water Rails and a Tawny Owl were heard near the village, and a Peregrine was hunting over the Observatory. A Cetti's Warbler was calling and a male Stonechat was on the fence near the sea wall. A total of 7 Bullfinches were around the recording area.

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Norfolk Slav Grebe Breydon Water still at South Wall just west of pumphouse at midday +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 61.Russian White-fronted Geese Bayfield Hall still on NE side of lake this morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad at 8.45am