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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 21st October 2020


A day of relentless rain with many birds keeping a low profile. The Dusky Warbler continued to skulk in the same area just west of the Heligoland trap and was seen in the willows briefly 12.45, and heard again later in the day. Other birds of interest today were a Great White Egret, Avocet, 3 Water Rails, 500 Golden Plover, 150+ Lapwings, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank and 7 Snipe. Three Swallows and 4 House Martins were seen during the day and a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechats and a Rock Pipit were also recorded.

 

In the moth traps the highlights were another Palpits vitrealis, a Pale Mottled Willow and a Dotted Chestnut (pictured above).

 

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey Mill still 2.45pm

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk Barred Warbler Winterton South Dunes

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 2.30pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road west of north end of Green Way 50yds from 3rd conifer tho elusive. Park carefully NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male on 10th October Fakenham at Pensthorpe Natural Park [caught on camera trap]

Norfolk 2.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS (both fem/1w.male) Holme still just NE of village car park on fence by golf course TF.698.439

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still just west of Heligoland trap at 12.45pm

Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on saltmarsh

Norfolk no news on Eastern Rufous Bush Chat 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road since 7.49am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk 2.DUSKY WARBLERS Weybourne at 9am: 1.still in willow clump before beach car park, 1.in an area with no general access

Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) Holkham Freshmarsh still in NW corner by 5-bar gate (+2.Great White Egrets) TF.869.451

Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly Holkham Pines still west of north end of Lady Annes Drive at 1st pool south of path

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still in willow clump before beach car park at 7.55am

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road in crop by stubble field at 7.49am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 20th October 2020

Another busy day, with the Red-flanked Bluetail still frequenting the trapping area on the south side of the reserve and a second still present near the village car park. The Dusky Warbler was also still present around the mouth of the Heligoland trap, though typically elusive. A flock of at least ten Crossbills, the majority males, landed for a few minutes in the pines, giving the assembled birders some nice views. Other birds recorded today included two Scaup and two Goldeneye on the sea and single Merlin, Peregrine and Red Kite over the Grazing Marsh.

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Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still just east of Beeston Bump north of Nelson Road in brambles west of caravan park this a'noon TG.170.431
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still early a'noon in willow clump before beach car park
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) again 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road in stubble field at 12.55pm. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) still early a'noon Holkham Freshmarsh in NW corner by 5-bar gate TF.869.451
Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly Holkham Pines at west end by dunes early a'noo
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk unconfirmed report of large pipit sp Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew east along River Yare at c11.30am
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines again 200yds west of Meals House on bank behind roped-off area late morning. 5.possible Parrot Crossbills flew over pines at west end
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham on sea at west end of Holkham Pines at 11.50am +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme NOA still late morning tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows late morning
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still by Heligoland trap tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham NNR still near Joe Jordan Hide +8.Cattle Egrets
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still just NE of north end of Beach Road by fence by golf course TF.697.438
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Cley flew east over Glandford Road mid morning
Norfolk still no sign of Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +north of A149 Wells Road by 9.45am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) still Holkham Freshmarsh in NW corner by 5-bar gate TF.869.451
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still in willow clump before beach car park
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at c8.40am
Norfolk again no sign of Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road by 8.50am (but ringtail.Hen Harrier G.W.Egret). Park carefully at Nend of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442

 

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 19th October 2020

Another busy day, both bird and people wise, with at least two Red-flanked Bluetails in the recording area, plus the Dusky Warbler seen periodically in front of the Heligoland trap. A Barred Warbler was reported near the NWT pay hut and other birds of note during the day included Great Northern Diver and Red-necked Grebe on the sea, 15 Bearded Tits around the Broadwater edge, one Water Pipit (trapped and ringed) and at least two Twite in Thornham Harbour.

Moths trapped included Black Rustic and a Scarce Bordered  Straw.

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Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 3.25pm east of beach car park at east end of paddocks +Barred Warbler still c3.10pm tho elusive
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Scolt Head Island still 3.12pm viewed from Burnham Deepdale coastal path then flew west (+3.Great White Egrets Spotted Redshank. Y-br.Wblr in wood behind church)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme on sea
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey flew in off sea then flew south
Norfolk Water Pipit flew east over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still c2.40pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west. No access to crop field NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still 2.50pm in willow clump before beach car park tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB near visitor centre in ivy by path to beach at 10.50am
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) Stiffkey 500yds west of car park at 1.20pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler Holme by entrance shed
Norfolk 3+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines +possible Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (form blythi)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy Dunes west of Gun Hill at 2.06pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Thornham at 11.19am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines between pool +Washington Hide at 12.29pm
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets Welney still 100yds south of Welney Bridge at 12.02pm (Little Gull on flood)
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 1.11pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road on coast path. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west. No access to fields NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Scolt Head Island over east end viewed from Burnham overy Staithe at 1.04pm
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 12.44pm east of beach car park by path towards large house
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still early a'noon by Heligoland trap tho elusive
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road by coast path 11.10am-12.34pm. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.44
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still just east of Beeston Bump north of Nelson Road in scrub west of caravan park this a'noon TG.170.431
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still this a'noon in willow clump before beach car park tho elusive
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy Dunes flew west over Gun Hill at 12.23pm
Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Caister-on-Sea by entrance road to golf club 10.20-11.20am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Heacham flew south over South Beach
Norfolk Eastern Rufous Bush Chat Stiffkey: no access to fields
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 11am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road in stubble field +showing well. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Cley flew east over beach at 9.28am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Cley NWT at 10.30am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Warham Greens north of Garden Drove
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 10.16am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road in stubble field +showing well. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) Holkham Freshmarsh still in NW corner by 5-bar gate at 10.14am +showing well TF.886.448
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Weybourne north of A149 over fields east of windmill at 10.11am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard West Runton flew west over ridge at 9.50am
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road in hedge at 9.45am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 9.20am just NE of north end of Beach Road by fence by golf course +showing well TF.697.43
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley on sea at north end of East Bank at 9.15am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still in willow clump before beach car park at 8.45am
Norfolk 1+RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme just NE of north end of Beach Road in pines by golf course at 8.30am TF.697.438
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road by 8.33am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still by Heligoland trap
Norfolk no news on Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road. Park carefully at north end of Green Way NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holme Dunes on grazing marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

 

 

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 18th October 2020


Further delights today with yesterday's Dusky Warbler ringed at 7.15am and then seen on and off during the day between the Heligoland trap and the staff car park, south of the main bank. The first year female Red-flanked Bluetail was elusive for much of the day, but seen and photographed opposite the Richardson Hide at 2pm. Other birds of interest today included a juvenile Spoonbill east, 2 Red Kites over the grazing marsh, 3 Water Rails calling, 300 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwings and 50+ Black-tailed Godwits together with a single Ruff all south of the river Hun, a Spotted Redshank around Broadwater, with 6 Snipe, Jack Snipe and Woodcock also seen during the day. A Merlin was hunting mid morning and 200+ Goldcrests were still on the reserve with 13 Bearded Tits flying along the east bank, 5 Swallows, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Rock Pipit, 7 Bramblings, 27 Redpolls, 2 Crossbills, 31 Siskins and a Siberian Chiffchaff also recorded. At Thornham a Pallas' Warbler continued to show near the harbour car park and a Redstart and 2 Twite were also seen.

 

Scarce Bordered Straw and Green Brindled Crescent were highlights in the moth trap.

 

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Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines north of The Lookout c150yds NE of path to Holkham Gap

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still late a'noon in willow clump before car park tho elusive

Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water along South Wall this a'noon

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines still 1.30pm 200yds west of Meals House on bank behind roped-off area (+3.Y-br.Wblrs)

Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp Holkham Freshmarsh still 2pm in NW corner beyond 5-bar gate viewed from 1st dune TF.886.448

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 3.30pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh in suaeda 70yds E.of footbridge. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings Stiffkey flew over saltmarsh

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Trimingham still in clifftop wood this a'noon

Norfolk 7.Hawfinches flew over Hellesdon early morning

Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets y'day Welney south of Welney Bridge at Gold Hill late a'noon

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme just NE of north end of Beach Road still 3.15pm in pines by golf course TF.697.438

Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly c2/3ml NW of Horsey Gap flew thru dunes

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still late morning by Broadwater. 5.Tundra Bean Geese flew in off sea at 7.30am (+Jack Snipe)

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery still tho mobile (+Pied Fly)

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton North Dunes +Snow Bunting over

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Thornham Harbour still mid a'noon in bushes at car park (+Spotted Redshank 2.Twite)

Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT y'day Happisburgh +Pallas's Warbler (+Hawfinch over)

Norfolk probable Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (form blythi) Holkham Freshmarsh in NW corner at 2.18pm tho mobile

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Caister-on-Sea still by entrance road to golf club at 2.20pm

Norfolk no further sign of Dusky Warbler Titchwell north of Gypsy Lane in reeds east of ditch by mid a'noon but Pallas's Warbler still 2.30pm near pool (+male Hen Harrier flew west) TF.766.447

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER y'day Caister-on-Sea by entrance road to golf club

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still 12.55pm in willow clump before car park tho elusive

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 12.09pm in brambles by coast path 200yds east of village car park tho mobile

Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Deepdale in trees north of church at 10am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme north of Beach Road +north of golf course in buckthorn by main path at 1.15pm TF.697.438

Norfolk 2.Twite Thornham Harbour still on jetty at 1.02pm

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Thornham Harbour still 1.30pm in bushes at car park +showing well

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 1.23pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh in suaeda 70yds E.of footbridge. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Sheringham still at east end of promenade at Vincent Road on roof of new flats at 12.50pm

Norfolk 2.Pallas's Warblers Titchwell at Gypsy Lane this aĆ¢€™noon: 1.in wood, 1.north of Gypsy Lane in willows by pool TF.766.447

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Titchwell still 1.10pm north of Gypsy Lane in willows by pool TF.766.447

Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings Stiffkey on saltmarsh late morning

Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Brancaster Staithe by coast path then flew towards gardens TF.788.442

Norfolk Spoonbill imm Breydon Water at east end at 11.5-am then flew west

Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle at end of boardwalk at 12.08pm

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Thornham Harbour still 12.07pm in bushes at car park

Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 11.55am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh in suaeda 70yds E.of footbridge. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines north of track 200yds west of Meal House at 11.57am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Brancaster Staithe by track west of Beach Road

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill +possible Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (form blythi)

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 11.28am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh in suaeda 70yds E.of footbridge. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk Great White Egret Burgh Castle at 11.23am

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 11.15am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh in suaeda 70yds E.of footbridge. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Titchwell north of Gypsy Lane in willows at 11.05am TF.766.447

Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp Holkham Freshmarsh still in NW corner beyond 5-bar gate viewed from 1st dune of Holkham Pines at 10.35am TF.886.448

Norfolk no news on Great Grey Shrike Warham Greens at Garden Drove by parking area

Norfolk Great White Egret King's Lynn flew NW over A149 at Sainsbury's late morning

Norfolk Great White Egret y'day SE of King's Lynn at Hardwick Flood Lagoon in evng

Norfolk Stiffkey: Police are present +may issue fixed penalty notices to those not following Covid regulations

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Titchwell north of Gypsy Lane in reeds east of ditch at 10.40am TF.766.447

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 10.37am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh in suaeda 70yds E.of footbridge. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Snettisham on beach at Shepherds Port then flew south

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still 10.20am in willow clump before car park [heard only]

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 9.45am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +north of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh tho elusive. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk north NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk Snow Bunting flew south over Heacham

Norfolk 3+RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS (all fem/1w.male) still Holme just NE of north end of Beach Road in pines by golf course at 9.36am TF.697.438

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Thornham Harbour in bushes at car park at 9.43am

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) till 9.10am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road in stubble field west of car park at N.end of Green Way but no further sign by 9.36am. Park carefully NR23 1QF TF.963.439

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Stiffkey flew south over east end of Campsite Wood at 9.22am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Snettisham RSPB at 8.30am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by crosstracks at 8.55am

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Holme in village car park

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 8.56am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey +north of A149 Wells Road +west of car park at north end of Green Way. Park carefully NR23 1QF TF.963.439

Norfolk no sign of Red-flanked Bluetail 1ml SE of Waxham by coast path just north of pipe dump by 8.55am (but Pied Fly 1/2ml south of church) TG.451.254

Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese till 8.15am just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance then flew north. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER ad Holme NOA trapped +ringed at 7.15am then flew towards reedbed near The Broad Water

Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk 1+RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme just NE of north end of Beach Road in pines by golf course TF.697.438

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 8.11am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey +north of A149 Wells Road +west of car park at north end of Green Way in brambles by yew. Park carefully NR23 1QF TF.963.439

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 7.53am 2/3ml NNW of Stiffkey +north of A149 Wells Road by car park at north end of Green Way. Park carefully NR23 1QF TF.964.439

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +north of A149 Wells Road on saltmarsh in suaeda 70yds east of footbridge. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk north NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne in willow clump before car park

Norfolk Black Redstart y'day Stiffkey +Great White Egret

Norfolk Great White Egret y'day just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Cromer at NE corner of Warren Wood early morning

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler y'day Trimingham still in clifftop wood at 5.15pm

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 17th October 2020

A day of poor weather but rich with birds, with the Red-flanked Bluetail seen opposite the Richardson hide early morning and again near the west end of the reserve on the floor of the pines late morning. A Dusky Warbler was found along the east bank at 2.30pm and showed in the area during the afternoon. Also of interest were a Yellow-browed Warbler at the west end of the NOA reserve, two further Red-flanked Bluetails in the Golf Course Car Park, at least one Pallas' Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtails, 12+ Rock Pipits flying over calling, 6 Crossbills, 4 Siskins, 2 Redpolls, 2 Bramblings and 2 Bearded Tits among the many migrants seen.

 

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Norfolk 4.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS Holme still late a'noon: 1.village car park, 3.on golf course east of north end of Beach Road

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Thornham near pond of large house on north side of The Green from coastal path

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still 4.30pm near Broadwater Hide

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme at village car park still 3.58pm on east side tho elusive cTF.697.438

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Burnham Overy Dunes at west end of Gun Hill

Norfolk no sign of Eastern Stonechat sp Holkham Freshmarsh in NW corner beyond 5-bar gate viewed from hill at west end of Holkham Pines cTF.886.448

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in middle of south section (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Muckleburgh Hill with tit flock at 2.37pm

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 3.12pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park tho elusive. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Thornham harbour mid a'noon (+5.Twite still)

Norfolk 4.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS reported Holme

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Wells

Norfolk Water Pipit just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Deepdale on north side of churchyard this a'noon

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT behind centre by Broadwater at caravan

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still mid a'noon +showing well

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 2.41pm by coast path just north of pipe dump +showing on +off TG.451.254

Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Stiffkey Marshes still

Norfolk Black Redstart Blickling NT

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA in alder opposite bird observatory at 2.25pm

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 2.28pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme at start of Broadwater Road in hawthorns at 1.08pm +showing well

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme Dunes still 2.12pm in hedge in car park tho elusive

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 1.53pm by coast path just north of pipe dump +showing well on +off TG.451.254

Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Sheringham still at east end of promenade at Vincent Road in gardens briefly 2pm

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Blakeney at Kettlehill Plantation at 2.05pm

Norfolk 2.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS Holme at village car park still this a'noon tho elusive: 1.in NE corner, 1.150yds beyond cTF.697.438

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme in village car park still 1.58pm in sallows +showing well

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale still 1.41pm on north side of churchyard

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 2.05pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk scope +tripod found at Stiffkey; tel.Mark on 07890-366410 to claim

Norfolk Barred Warbler just E.of Wells on NE side of North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 1.45pm +showing well. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still 1.35pm in sycamores

Norfolk Little Bunting Salthouse between A149 Coast Road +Little Eye along Mill Drift near new cut at c1.15pm

Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham harbour on coal barn at 10.15am tho mobile

Norfolk Barred Warbler Warham Greens again on north side of east pool in hawthorns at 1.17pm

Norfolk Hawfinch flew west over Burnham Overy at 1.05pm +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea. Also Spotted Redshank

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 1.20pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park tho elusive. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk 17.Little Gulls y'day flew east past Cley NWT 1.45-4.20pm

Norfolk scope +tripod found at Stiffkey; tel.01603-456789 to claim

Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Stiffkey on marsh

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimingham still +Ring Ouzel

Norfolk Little Bunting Warham Greens in hedge south of Whirligig at midday then flew east +no further sign. From A149 at Stiffkey take Green Way north to Campsite car park then walk west for 1/2ml NR23 1QF cTF.956.438

Norfolk Little Bunting Warham Greens in hedge south of Whirligig at midday then flew east +no further sign. From A149 at Stiffkey take Green Way north to Campsite car park then walk west for 1/2ml NR23 1QF cTF.956.438

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.23pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 12.44pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park respectfully +follow COVID-19 guidleines NR23 1QF

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA [heard only] (+Y-br.Wblr still)

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Caister-on-Sea by golf club entrance road this morning

Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still 12.19pm with cattle

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme in pines by golf course at village car park +showing well

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods still south of main track between The Dell +drinking pool

Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew over Wells at 11.56am

Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Potter Heigham circled over bridge at 11.59am then flew NE

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 11.40am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park respectfully +follow COVID-19 guidleines NR23 1QF

Norfolk police on site at Stiffkey. Park respectfully +continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 11.28am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park NR23 1QF

Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham still at church at 11.11am

Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey

Norfolk: a black Hyundai Sante Fe is blocking Green Way; please park sensibly

Norfolk Spotted Redshank Stiffkey flew over saltmarsh at 10am. Short-eared Owl early morning

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 10.44am by coast path just north of pipe dump +showing well +Tundra Bean Goose with Pink-footed Geese TG.451.254

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 10.35am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way on saltmarsh 1/4ml north of campsite car park NR23 1QF

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 10.05am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way on saltmarsh 1/4ml north of campsite car park tho elusive NR23 1QF

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still by coast path just north of pipe dump at 9.49am +showing well TG.451.254

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale on north side of churchyard at 9.35am

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT again 9.33am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood on saltmarsh near car park cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still in sycamores at 9.22am +showing well

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme near village car park still 8.46am in hawthorns 100yds south of 8th hole on golf course tho elusive

Norfolk no further sign of Rufous Bush Chat 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood near car park by 8.51am cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 8.21am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood near car park flew to Sueda on marsh by wooden bridge +lost to view cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes in sycamores in paddocks at 8.13am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme NOA still opposite Richardson Hide at 8.14am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale at hostel at 7.55am

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still c7.55am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood 30yds west of car park on track to Warham Greens tho mobile cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 7.36am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood in Sueda c20yds east of car park TF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk repeat: RUFOUS BUSH CHAT 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood just east of car park at 7.23am

Norfolk repeat: RUFOUS BUSH CHAT Stiffkey Campsite Wood just east of car park at 7.23am

Norfolk Scaup y'day flew west past Scolt Head Island 7.15-9am

Norfolk 2.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS Holme at village car park still on east side at 7.20am cTF.697.438

MEGA Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT Stiffkey Campsite Wood just east of car park at 7.23am

Norfolk Dark-bellied Brent Goose y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB +c20.Russian White-fronted Geese

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 16th October 2020


Another superb day in the recording area with Red-flanked Bluetails seen at the Beach Car Park by the Golf Course and a first year female trapped and ringed on the NOA reserve. A Dusky Warbler was also seen near the beach car park, and at least 1 Pallas' Warbler was found, with a Yellow-browed Warbler also reported. A probable first winter Common Rosefinch was also reported west of the car parks briefly late morning. On the sea 6 Eiders, 750 Common Scoters, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar, 2 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes and an Arctic Skua were noted, while waders on the fresh marsh included 90 Golden Plover and 37 Black-tailed Godwits. Also of interest today were 2+ Woodcocks dropping in amongst the pines, a Merlin hunting south of the Broadwater, 200+ Goldcrests, 8 Bearded Tits, 2 Swallows east, 2 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, 2 Ring Ouzels in the dunes on the NWT reserve, 25 Blackbirds, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 50+ Redwings, 30 Robins, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Rock Pipit, 10 Bramblings, 4 Twite, 2 Redpolls, 3 Crossbills, 2 Siskins and 5 Snow Buntings.

 

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Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods along main track 50yds west of drinking pool at 4.11pm

Norfolk 2.Pallas's Warblers Stiffkey Campsite Wood still 3.30pm: 1.at east end of wood, 1.by boat at east end of campsite (male.Hen Harrier over saltmarsh)

Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme Dunes in bushes at 1.30pm with Redwings

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme in small pines by beach car park at 3.28pm

Norfolk Tree Pipit Breydon Water flew SW over South Wall early a'noon

Norfolk Richard's Pipit Horsey over field opposite Poppylands Cafe at 3.25pm (+Common Crane)

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still 2.30pm

Norfolk Little Auk flew north past Horsey

Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day flew west past Scolt Head Island 7.20-10am +Puffin flew east

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham still 2.30pm c30yds north of Bide-a-wee chalet tho elusive

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines still 2.31pm along main path c100yds east of crosstanks cTF.877.451

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes still 2.16pm in silver birch opposite Richardson Hide

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 2pm by coast path just north of pipe dump in copse +showing on +off TG.451.254

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.45pm at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in brambles in 1st hollow on north side of path

Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp Holkham Freshmarsh still 1.45pm in NW corner beyond 5-bar gate viewed from hill at west end of Holkham Pines cTF.886.448

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme NOA along entrance track in poplar saplings opposite Pepper Pot at 1.30pm

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines still 1.30pm c200yds west of Meals House cTF.877.451

Norfolk Ring Ouzel Warham Greens still 12.45pm in hedge west of Garden Drove tho elusive

Norfolk Black Redstart Horsey Gap on pillbox south of car park at 11am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 12.35pm by coast path just north of pipe dump on fence TG.451.254

Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past Cley NWT 8am-10.30am +1w.Little Gull Short-eared Owl

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still this a'noon

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham still just north of Bide-a-wee

Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp still 12.27pm Holkham Freshmarsh in NW corner near last pine on right viewed from hill at west end of Holkham Pines cTF.886.448

Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day flew west past Cley 3pm-4.15pm

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew over Wells at 12.08pm

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Happisburgh by Whites Farm at 9.54am

Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach opposite North Scrape

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Trimingham in clifftop wood at 12.02pm (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme NOA still midday in pines just east of car park

Norfolk 3.Pallas's Warblers Stiffkey Campsite Wood still late morning (male.Hen Harrier on saltmarsh)

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.13am near Gun Hill

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still just east of Gun Hill at 11.40am

Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp Holkham Freshmarsh in NW corner beyond 5-bar gate at 11.38am cTF.886.448

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines still 11.32am along main path c60yds east of crosstracks with Goldcrests cTF.877.451

Norfolk 2.Little Auks Salthouse flew west past Iron Road at 11.25am

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.05am at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in brambles in 1st hollow on north side of path (+5.Y-br.Wblrs)

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still late morning by coast path just north of pipe dump on fence TG.451.254

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still Overstrand at Cromer Golf Course 1ml west of clifftop car park at west end of large bracken-covered hill at 10.45am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme NOA still 10.42am in pines behind observatory near start of raised section

Norfolk probable Dusky Warbler Stiffkey c1/2ml west of campsite car park by coast path briefly

Norfolk Ring Ouzel Warham Greens

Norfolk 3+Pallas's Warblers Stiffkey Campsite Wood still: 1.in main wood, 2.in hedgerows to east (Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey Fen)

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Heacham

Norfolk no sign of Pallas's Warbler Waxham 100yds north of Shangri-la chalet by coast path (but Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk RED-THROATED PIPIT Sea Palling near Weston Cottage on edge of flooded field by The Marrams with Meadow Pipits tho mobile TG.417.280

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme Dunes in paddocks at 9.36am

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines at 9.45am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 9.40am by coast path just north of pipe dump on fence tho elusive TG.451.254

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 9.30am east of village car park 100yds from footbridge cTF.698.440

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still by coast path just north of pipe dump on fence tho elusive at 9.22am TG.451.254

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at 8.54am

Norfolk 2.Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still 9.10am

Norfolk no sign of Red-flanked Bluetail Cromer at NE corner of Warren Wood

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines still along main path c100yds east of crosstracks at 8.56am (+2.Y-br.Wblrs) cTF.877.451

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes near Gun Hill. male.Hen Harrier flew east early morning

Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Sheringham by boating lake at 8.25am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines just west of crosstracks at 8.23am

Norfolk Jack Snipe Holme at golf course flew from bushes by 8th green at 8.13am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood still at east end at 8.20am

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme east of village car park by bridge by path from golf club car park at c8.20am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines still along main path c100yds east of crosstanks at 8.06am cTF.877.451

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme NOA trapped +ringed

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still east of village car park by golf course tho elusive cTF.698.440

Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew west over Trix Road at 7.39am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme NOA trapped

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA retrapped at 7.30am

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 15th October 2020

Another excellent day of migration, with at least one Red-flanked Bluetail at the beach car park near the Golf Course seen well at times during the day. The Pallas' Warbler ringed yesterday was again seen at the Observatory/NWT car park and recaptured during the morning, with 2 probable Siberian Chiffchaffs, one ringed during the morning, also seen on the NOA reserve. On the sea 11 Eiders, 500+ Common Scoters, a drake Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 62 Gannets and 13 Kittiwakes were counted and 3 Woodcock, 3 Short-eared Owls, 12 Carrion Crows, 11,000+ Starlings, 20 Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrushes, 100+ Redwings, 30 Robins, a Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtails, 2 Rock Pipits, 65 Bramblings, 4 Crossbills, 5 Siskins and a Lapland Bunting among the many passage birds observed during the day. Other birds of note included a Greenshank, 84 Black-tailed Godwits, 95 Golden Plover, 230 Lapwings, 3 Water Rails, a Barn Owl, a Peregrine, 150 Goldcrests, 30 Long-tailed Tits, 10 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Stonechats.

 

Another Scarce Bordered Straw was in the moth trap with Angle Shades, Beaded Chestnut and Large Wainscot also caught. A Red Admiral, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were also noted.

 

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Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines still 4.25pm from main path east of crosstracks at roped-off area

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Caister-on-Sea at start of Casiter Golf Club entrance road behind Beach Farm Cottage at 4pm

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Cley at Picnic Fayre in car park

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 3.55pm east of village car park in bushes by golf course cTF.698.440

Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets between Horsey Corner +Horsey Gap in ditch by east side of road late a'noon

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines c1/2ml west of Lady Anne's Drive at 3.50pm

Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT on scrape by path to Stubb Mill at 4.07pm

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Cromer at NE corner of Warren Wood

Norfolk reported 1w.Black Guillemot Wells viewed from near Harbour Office at 3.25pm was a Red-throated Diver

Norfolk 3.Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood this a'noon: 2.at east end, 1.by boat by caravan park

Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end with cattle at 3.36pm

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery early a'noon +Long-eared Owl

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes NWT still 1.10pm in sycamores in car park +showing well

Norfolk Black Guillemot 1w Wells viewed from near Harbour Office at 3.25pm

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 1ml east of Cley still 2.45pm south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA briefly 2.45pm then flew to sallows

Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Buckenham Marshes RSPB at mill at 11am

Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 2.41pm 1ml NW of Martham +south of River Thurne at Martham Ferry in 2nd field east of fishing pit. From Ferrygate Lane take footpath TG.449.199

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes NNR in North Dunes flew over plantation at 10.30am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 2.14pm

Norfolk Common Crane just north of Edgefield in field TG.609.334

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 2.15pm by golf course opposite toilet block in hedge near village car park

Norfolk reported Blyth's Reed Warbler Holkham just east of Meals House was an ad.Reed Warbler

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham still 2pm 100yds north of Shangri-la chalet by coast path +showing well

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 1.45pm by coast path just north of pipe dump on fence +showing well TG.451.254

Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts reported Heacham South Beach +Slav Grebe

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side in brambles by path this a'noon +showing well

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.10pm on south side just west of Gun Hill (+Great White Egret)

Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still near A149 late morning

Norfolk 1+Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood: 1.in scycamores by old boat at east end of caravans, 1.on south side

Norfolk 11.Common Cranes Waxham at Brograve Farm +showing well

Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Blakeney Point near seal reserve on shingle near 'no access' sign at 12.45pm

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holme Dunes at east end flew west over beach at 12.39pm

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml west of Wells Woods in ditch south of metal gate at 10.30am +showing well

Norfolk no further sign of any Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes by late morning

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 12.45pm by golf course opposite toilet block in hedge near village car park

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still midday in hedge near village car park

Norfolk Hawfinch 1ml SW of Sea Palling by Calthorpe NNR flew SE over Lound Bridge at 12.30pm TG.416.261

Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER ad still 12.41pm Holkham just east of Meals House tho elusive

Norfolk Grey Phal flew north past Winterton this morning

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still in silver birches at 12.24pm

Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Brancaster Staithe at harbour at 11.15am then flew towards Brancaster Golf Course

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 12.10pm by coast path just north of pipe dump in trees near fence TG.451.254

Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton Dunes still this a'noon in valley

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler male singing Holkham Pines west of crosstracks

Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham +south of River Thurne at Martham Ferry in 2nd field east of fishing pit at 9.45am. From Ferrygate Lane take footpath TG.449.199

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham still 11.50am 100yds north of Shangri-la chalet by coast path but no further sign of Red-flanked Bluetail

Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts (1.male) Waxham still. possible Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (form blythi) at church

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA trapped +ringed at midday

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines still 11.57am 100yds north of crosstracks

Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER ad Holkham just east of Meals House at 11.45am

Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton Dunes in valley

Norfolk RED-THROATED PIPIT 1ml SE of Sea Palling by Calthorpe NNR flew south over Lound Farm at 11.19am TG.416.257

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods still between car park +old toilet block in silver birches south of path late morning

Norfolk probable Olive-backed Pipit Holkham Pines flew east over north side at 10.40am

Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets y'day Burnham Overy Marshes at 1.30pm with cattle +4.Great White Egrets

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 10.58am in hedge near village car park

Norfolk DUSKY or RADDE'S WARBLER Holme in pines by start of golf course at 10.12am then flew to sallows

Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Holkham Gap at 9.59am

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT on shingle east of north end of East Bank at 9.50am

Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still 10.05am +Great White Egret. 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines +Hawfinch flew west

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 10.03am by coast path just north of pipe dump in trees near fence TG.451.254

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Great Yarmouth in south section of cemetery at 9am

Norfolk 2.Common Cranes north of Clippesby still

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still Overstrand at Cromer Golf Course 1ml west of clifftop car park on large bracken-covered hill tho elusive

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham still 100yds north of Shangri-la chalet in sycamores by coast path at 9.49am

Norfolk Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy Dunes flew west over Gun Hill at 9.25am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still on Gun Hill near lone sycamore at 9.05am (Ring Ouzel near track north of A149)

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still by coast path just north of pipe dump in trees near fence at 9.12am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by main path 300yds west of Meals House

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holkham Pines by main path 300yds west of Meals House

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes NWT in sycamores in car park still 9.10am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still behind village car park at 9.08am tho elusive

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Waxham just NW of Shangri-la chalet in copse by fence at 8.52am TG.440.265

Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich in Lakenham flew NW over Lakenfields early morning

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines west of Meals House

Norfolk Osprey Breydon Water at east end at 8.38am

Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Mundesley flew in off sea at 8.25am then flew south

Norfolk no sign of Red-flanked Bluetail Holme in village car park by 8.25am

Norfolk Great White Egret flew north over East Wretham Heath at 8.05am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme NOA still in sycamores by bird observatory

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff y'day 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills late a'noon TF.925.458

Norfolk probable Siberian Chiffchaff Holme NOA trapped +ringed

Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1ml NNW of Holt by Cley Road by stream near Lawn Farm entrance at 7.35am

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Point

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 14th October 2020


An excellent migration day today with 3+ Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 400+ Goldcrests (129 ringed), 6 Bearded Tits, 4 House Martins, 3 Chiffchaffs, 10+ Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 7,125 Starlings, a Ring Ouzel, 45 Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, 15 Song Thrushes, 120 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 25 Robins, a Redstart, 4 Stonechats, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 25 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 15 Bramblings, 80+ Chaffinches, 200+ Linnets, 42 Goldfinches, 12 Siskins, a Lapland Bunting and 15 Reed Buntings among the many birds logged during the day. At least 2 Pallas' Warblers were seen, one in the forestry on the NWT reserve and another ringed at the Observatory mid morning (pictured). Other birds of note included a  Richard's Pipit over the Golf Course, a Great White Egret over the pines, and on the sea 6 Eiders, 300+ Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, 19 Gannets, single Razorbill and Guillemot, 8 Kittiwakes and a juvenile Med Gull.

 

In the moth traps a Scarce Bordered Straw was of note.

 

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Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) Warham Greens in hedge west of Garden Drove at 12.31pm

Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills (+2.Ring Ouzels) TF.925.458

Norfolk Great Grey Shrike east of Ringstead this a'noon

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 3.45pm Overstrand at Cromer Golf Course 1ml west of clifftop car park on large bracken-covered hill tho elusive

Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham opposite campsite on groyne.25 at 12.52pm

Norfolk 2.Pallas's Warblers Holme Dunes NWT at 2.48pm: 1.still in Forestry, 1.in car park

Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv Cley flew past beach car park +Pom Skua (+Great Northern Diver 4.Velvet Scoters. Short-eared Owl in off sea)

Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls reported Snettisham RSPB at 1.34pm

Norfolk Richard's Pipit Old Hunstanton flew over golf course at 8.30am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods in SW corner by track near large fallen tree at 2.18pm

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes NWT still mid a'noon at south end of Forestry +showing well

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham 50yds north of Shangri-la chalet

Norfolk Barred Warbler Warham Greens in hedge west of Garden Drove at 12.31pm

Norfolk Snow Bunting Salthouse on beach this morning

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 12.30pm at Gun Hill on west side

Norfolk Pom Skua ad Cley flew past coastguards at 12.05pm (Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)

Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach at 8am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills TF.925.458

Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.50am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills TF.925.458

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.58am at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side in brambles by path

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Overstrand at Cromer Golf Course 1ml west of clifftop car park on large bracken-covered hill

Norfolk 5.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines still at west end

Norfolk Ring Ouzel just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side in brambles by path

Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Holme Dunes NWT at inlet near Gore Point at 10.15am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill at 11.17am

Norfolk 2.Pallas's Warblers Holme Dunes: 1.Holme NOA, 1.in Forestry

Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Gorleston Cemetery

Norfolk Little Gull 1w Breydon Water

Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Marshes

Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham +south of River Thurne at Martham Ferry in 2nd field east of fishing pit. From Ferrygate Lane take footpath TG.449.199

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme NOA

Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Waxham still behind church in garden of white house with scaffolding at 10.03am

Norfolk Osprey juv Snettisham at Ken Hill Marshes

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham on east side of Beeston Common by large sallow opposite bench under oak at 9.01am

Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew south over Shotesham early morning

Norfolk 3.Hawfinches flew east over Heacham

Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells at 8.31am

Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Horsey Corner in dyke

Norfolk probable Hen Harrier ringtail between Wymondham +Crownthorpe in maize feild by B1135 at 7.05am

Norfolk Common Crane Norwich at Lakenham flew SW over Sandy Lane at 7.31am

Norfolk Common Crane Norwich in Thorpe St.Andrew flew WSW over Thunder Lane at 7.29am

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 13th October 2020



 


 

Sparrowhawk, Bearded Tit and Rock Pipit caught at the Observatory today. Photos by Emma Buck

 

An excellent day for birding with 4 Eider, 1000+ Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser and 6 Gannets seen on the sea. Three Red Kites sat together on the marsh in the afternoon and 2 Water Rails, 2 Tawny Owls, a Peregrine and a female Sparrowhawk (ringed) were also logged. Migrants included 25+ Goldcrests, 15+ Bearded Tits (13 ringed), 4 Cetti's Warblers, 35 Long-tailed Tits (29 ringed), 3 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2,500+ Starlings, 2 Ring Ouzels (one on the NWt reserve and one in off the sea), 4 Fieldfares, 50+ Redwings, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 12 Robins, 5 Stonechats, 5 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 75+ Meadow Pipits, 6+ Rock Pipits, 12 Bramblings, 6 Crossbills, 6 Siskins and 15 Reed Buntings. A Hooded Crow was seen on bushes just south of the NWT entrance gate.

 

In the moth traps another Olive-tree Pearl was of particular note and Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell were on the buddleia outside the Obs, while Migrant Hawker and Common Darter were still seen near the pond.

 

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Norfolk Twite Morston flew west

Norfolk 15.Waxwings flew south over Morston at 4.28pm

Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB still

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse near Little Eye

Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham still at church

Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme Dunes NWT in horse paddock 500yds west of visitor centre at 3pm

Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret Common Crane

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sedgeford still by path west of church by stream

Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp 7.40-11.20am (+Y-br.Wblr Short-eared Owl)

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines on east side of Meals House south of track at 1.45pm

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley flew over beach this morning (+Great Northern Diver flew east +3.Scaup)

Norfolk probable White Stork flew north over Snettisham RSPB at c1.20pm

Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank

Norfolk Red-necked Phal Cley NWT on sea off beach car park at c1.20pm

Norfolk Dartford Warbler Hethersett c1/2ml SE of church along track thru mustard field briefly 8am but no further sign by 9am +2.Jack Snipe flew west

Norfolk Water Pipit Morston in flooded horse paddock east of car park at c11am

Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew SW over Morston at 8.57am

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side in brambles by path at 11.50am

Norfolk Little Stint Winterton

Norfolk Barred Warbler Warham Greens 1/4ml west of north end of Garden Drove in pit north of coast path tho elusive TF.939.438

Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water early morning +Purple Sand

Norfolk 2.Water Pipits y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB