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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 18th January 2020

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 11 Great Crested Grebes and 6 Kittiwakes were counted. A Water Pipit was again seen near the NWT entrance gate and a Barn Owl was hunting at the back of Holme village. A Cetti's Warbler was along the east bank and 4 Stonechats were around the recording area.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Park still 2pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 2.15pm 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham on groyne.22 at 2pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.05pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake viewed from midway along footpath at 1.46pm +showing well
Norfolk Shorelark Holkham Bay still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham harbour still 1.20pm TF.728.443
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1.25pm 1ml north of Sedgeford in corner of field by parking area on Ringstead Road PE36 5NH cTF.714.380
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham Sands Holiday Park at north end viewed from coast path at 12.57pm
Norfolk 10+Snow Buntings Winterton Dunes NNR at 12.36pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley flew east just south of Cley NWT at 12.34pm
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Weybourne Camp
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford in fields right of Ringstead Road this morning PE36 5NH cTF.714.380
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese (2.ads) Burnham Overy at top of Whincover by A149 with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk no news on Blue-headed Eastern Yellow Wagtail (nominate form tschutschensis) 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 30.Russian White-fronted Geese Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 1+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still 11.17am in paddocks +2.Common Cranes flew over
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 9.35am
Norfolk probable Sooty S'water flew west past Cley Coastguards at 9.10am tho distant
Norfolk no sign of possible Grey-bellied Brant 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement 1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew in field by Marsh Road [shooting currently in progress]
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv y'day NW of Wells still 2.30pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts. Do not block gate

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 17th January 2020

Two Water Pipits were on the grazing marsh along the approach road to the NWT reserve, and 3 Rock Pipits were also of interest. A Cetti's Warbler was heard, and 2 Barn Owls were hunting in the village.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.58pm
Norfolk 40.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 2.40pm viewable from station
Norfolk 3.Twite NW of Admiralty Point by Peter Scott Walk +male Hen Harrier
Norfolk no sign of any Tundra Bean Geese east of Acle by A47 Acle New Road in field at Britannia Farm (but 200.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Halvergate Marshes at High's Drainage Mill
Norfolk 26+Tundra Bean Geese on Wednesday east of Acle by A47 Acle New Road in field at Britannia Farm at 2.10pm (+300.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby at 12.50pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +2.Common Cranes still
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement again 1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew in field by Marsh Road this a'noon with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts at midday. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Lyng still 11.45am on flood by River Wensum viewed from road to Easthaugh TG.073.176
Norfolk 52.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 11.55am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 10.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 9.07am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Snettisham RSPB +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Sheringham opposite shelter
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Langham in field by B1156 in morning with 6,000.Pink-footed Geese (+1w.Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in stubble field from barn at 10.26am TG.420.124
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 9am +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 3+Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea . 2.Spotted Redshanks still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at south end at 10am
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay mid morning
Norfolk 6.Russian White fronted Geese Weybourne in field by A149 then flew off with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+32.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Lyng on flood by River Wensum

Holme Bird Observatory Wednedsay 15th January 2020

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 3.10pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1pm 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2+Common Cranes Winterton near North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 16+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn this a'noon +Short-eared Owl TG.420.124
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Bowthorpe Southern Park
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still 11am in field south of road west of bend +Short-eared Owl TG.428.069
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still west of footpath north of A149 late morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Stiffkey flew past campsite car park at 3.30pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Bank Farm Extension
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew over Roydon Common NWT at 9.15am
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm mid morning +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Short-eared Owl NW of Wells +north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 10.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks by Offshore Coffee House at 9.20am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at 9.09am TG.428.069
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (near-ad 2w 1w) y'day Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide late a'noon
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB still on sea. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Pool

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 13th January 2020

A Red Kite drifted over towards the church, and on the sea, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 11 Fulmars, 31 Great Crested Grebes, and 2 Guillemots were of note. A Harbour Porpoise was close inshore heading west. Ten Twite were seen near Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret 2mls north of King's Lynn at Lynn Point on saltmarsh then flew SW towards Clenchwarton cTF.605.236
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley NWT offshore
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake near hall at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cantley Marshes RSPB +35.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still by Collis Lane late morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Upton Fen NWT flew downriver
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB mid morning (but 7.Russian White-fronted Geese flew over)
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area then flew west TF.896.458
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Rollesby Broad again but no sign of any redhead.Smew
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 34.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach east of Arnold's Marsh at 9.10am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts. Do not block gate

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 12th January 2020


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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 2.40pm
Norfolk 2.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 19.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still west of Collis Lane opposite substation at 2pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform mid a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes from A149 layby
Norfolk c20.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield +c50.Whooper Swans
Norfolk 15+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese between Blackborough End +Wormegay
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) near Rollesby Broad flew over Lily Broad
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Costessey at Longwater Retail Park on NEWS roof. From Next car park walk east along road for 100yds to view refuse centre roof TG.158.106
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in NE corner of field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no further sign of any redhead.Smew Rollesby Broad late morning
Norfolk 30.Russian White-fronted Geese Acle Straight from A47 at Herringby layby
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv Cley NWT still 11.45am over reeds +shingle bank
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley still south of drying barns with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.413
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne still from track east of windmill at 11.35am with c5,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 130.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Weybourne still from track east of windmill at 11.34am with c5,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gull (both 1w) just SW of Norwich at Ketteringham Recyling Centre viewed from Cantley Lane
Norfolk 10+Twite Thornham Harbour on coal barn then flew north
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv Cley NWT between Simmonds' Scrape +North Scrape in rough area at 10.45am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Walpole St.Peter south of Goose's Lane at 10am with c2,000.Pink-footed Geese (+3.ad.Greenland White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road with Pink-footed Geese at 9.10am +showing well
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road west of Wells Quay over football pitch then flew east over channel +lost to view

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 11th January 2020

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB at 10.46am
Norfolk 28.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still on west side at 2.16pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 1.45pm (+60+Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose flew west over Cley NWT
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at 12.10pm
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still this a'noon Ranworth on Malthouse Broad viewed from Ranworth Staithe
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 4+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in maize field at 11.30am TG.420.124
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley still midday south of drying barns with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.413
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.10am 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 8.53am +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans (all ads) Burnham Overy on flood viewed from A149 layby at 10.50am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts at 11am TF.911.441
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad north of Sedgeford in field opposite Station House at 10.08am then flew off with c2,500.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley south of drying barns with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.413
Norfolk 34.Snow Buntings Cley at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 91.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 9.15am. 2.Velvet Scoters offshore with Common Scoters +2.Long-tailed Ducks TF.896.458
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk Snow Bunting Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 9.22am TF.896.458
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Holkham NNR from road +40+Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Salthouse on sea off Gramborough Hill
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform tho elusive
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 9.13am 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road from track 10yds from road PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 8.53am +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad SW of Fring again in fields by minor road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on scrapes at dawn with c2,000.Pink-footed Geese

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 10th January 2020

At least two Russian White-fronted Geese were among the Pink-feet just south of the Broadwater this afternoon, with 2 Water Rails, a Peregrine, a male Blackcap trapped and ringed, and 8 Twite seen in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 40.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese c2.5mls NNE of Docking still from minor road north of Sunderland Farm entrance with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still by sea wall viewable from A149 layby at 12.57pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.35pm
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Burnham Overy Dunes this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese east of Acle still by A47 Acle New Road in field opposite Britannia Farm (+305.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Waxham on rocks at 10.30am
Norfolk Purple Sand West Runton on rocks at 12.32pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still 1.29pm in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.40am TF.896.458
Norfolk 75.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 10.40am TF.896.458
Norfolk 221.Russian White-fronted Geese east of Acle by A47 Acle New Road in field opposite Britannia Farm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts at 1.12pm TF.911.441
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 12.30pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at 10.24am TG.428.069
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv 3/4ml west of Great Yarmouth in field north of A47 at 11.05am
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT from Cadbury Hide at 10.50am
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement +1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew in field by Marsh Road
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks at 11.26am
Norfolk no sign of possible Grey-bellied Brant 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement +1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew in field Marsh Road by late morning
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement +1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew in field Marsh Road by late morning but Tundra Bean Goose with 2,000+Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 13.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water at Stone Corner
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform at 10.05am tho elusive
Norfolk 8+Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no news on ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement +1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew from Marsh Road

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 8th January 2020

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Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 12.30pm Holkham Park Lake near monument
Norfolk 19.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still in field east of Collis Lane by layby with aerials at 12.46pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 8ama then flew towards Cantley (+261.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still 12.45pm Ranworth Broad tho distant
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey by coast path
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on roof of Two Lifeboats pub this a'noon
Norfolk 18.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still in field east of Collis Lane at 12.15pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich still at Earlham Marsh this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 11.38am TF.911.441
Norfolk 61,400.Wigeon Breydon Water
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still tho mobile
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at south end at 11.10am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay still 10.21am
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still 10.05am Ranworth Broad in channel right of viewing platform
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Holme Dunes NWT on sea
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Marsh
Norfolk Waxwing Holme Dunes NOA still by car park at 8.29am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad tho distant
Norfolk 35+Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT at dawn

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 7th January 2020

The Waxwing was still present but very elusive, seen and heard in Sea Buckthorn near the car park twice during the day. A Red-necked Grebe was on the sea and waders on the beach included 43 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 Sanderlings, 60 Curlews, 36 Dunlin and 12 Golden Plover. On the grazing marsh were 200 Lapwings, 460 Golden Plovers and a variety of wildfowl including over 800 Wigeon.

The Waxwing again, now favouring food sources near the car parks - Holme Bird Obs, January 2020

Two Bearded Tits were in reeds near the Broadwater Hide and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier flew east over the back of the marsh mid-afternoon.

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Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem Ranworth Broad mid morning
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad Holkham still east of Lady Anne's Drive with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Waxwing Holme Dunes NWT still. Red-necked Grebe on sea
Norfolk 22+Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 12+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn this morning
Norfolk 7+Tundra Bean Geese NE of Docking just north of Sunderland Farm this a'noon with c9,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 25.Russian White-fronted Geese Wickhampton Marshes
Norfolk 70+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 2.29pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 22.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton west of Collis Lane from layby by aerials at 2.05pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Weybourne in fields just NW of windmill at 2.01pm (+5.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Buckenham in field north of station at 1.45pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese still East Somerton west of Collis Lane from layby by aerials at 1.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.31pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk no sign of 1w.male.Desert Wheatear Eccles-on-Sea south of caravan park between Breezy Two +Idle Hour. Park at Cart Gap +walk south TG.406.293
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still (+100+Russian White-fronted Geese still. Great White Egret at west end)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley on sea at 12.06pm. 30.Snow Buntings still on beach
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NWT at Gore Point
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 11.47am (+Snow Bunting Short-eared Owl) TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still west of barn
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich at Earlham Marsh at midday then flew off
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake late morning +Great White Egret still
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.39am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour in channel
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 9.45am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no news on 1w.male.Desert Wheatear Eccles-on-Sea south of caravan park between Breezy Two +Idle Hour. Park at Cart Gap +walk south cTG.406.293
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still opposite Two Lifeboats pub at 9.10am
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w Wells at green near chandlery shop at 9.10am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. Purple Sand on beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Flitcham at Abbey Farm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again then flew west
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Roydon Common NWT again 3.50pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male on Sunday Roydon Common NWT at 3.50pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Grimston Warren at 1.05pm

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 6th January 2020

A Merlin and a Spotted Redshank were at Thornham Harbour and on the sea a Long-tailed Duck, 10 Great Crested Grebes, and 2 Slavonian Grebes were seen. On the marsh 2 Barnacle Geese were counted.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew north past Hopton-on-Sea late morning
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks still mid a'noon Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2+Russian White-fronted Geese c2.5mls east of Acle by A47
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Cromer at St.Margaret's Lane this a'noon
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 12.30pm Eccles-on-Sea south of caravan park between Breezy Two +Idle Hour. Park at Cart Gap +walk south cTG.406.293
Norfolk 225.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall at 11am +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach to 2nd ramp cTG.406.293
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad Holkham still east of Lady Anne's Drive at midday with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at 11.40am cTG.428.069
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at south end
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese just east of Weybourne still north of A149 with Pink-footed Geese (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay c400yds west of Holkham Gap in dunes at 11.30am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 89.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area. 8.Velvet Scoters ofshore TF.896.458
Norfolk 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey in flooded field south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk 15+Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane
Norfolk reported Slav Grebes Wells Harbour are Little Grebes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm mid morning PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by Two Lifeboats
Norfolk 4.Slav Grebes Wells Harbour
Norfolk 50.Snow Buntings y'day Cley NWT still on shingle ridge +Black-throated Diver flew east

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 5th January 2020

On the sea today 4 distant Whooper Swans flew west into the Wash, 11 White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marshes briefly and 2 Barnacle Geese were with Greylags on the Broadwater. Also on the sea 6 Eiders, 2 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 7 Fulmars, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Razorbills and a Red-necked Grebe were seen. The Waxwing was still around the reserves during the day with sightings in the car parks, and other birds of note included 2 Stonechats along Broadwater Road, a Rock Pipit and 10 Twite at Thornham Harbour, and a Snow Bunting over the dunes.

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Norfolk 239.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 2.20pm Eccles-on-Sea west of dunes in gardens at end of caravan park. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE cTG.406.293
Norfolk 76.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 2.40pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham Gap offshore at 2.40pm +7.Velvet Scoters 3.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still mid a'noon north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 1.55pm Eccles-on-Sea west of dunes in gardens at end of caravan park. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE cTG.406.293
Norfolk 20.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane near turbines at 1.40pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at 1pm
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 1.10pm Eccles-on-Sea +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 134.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from A149 +4.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Red-crested Pochard fem Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park still on Great Broad from viewing screen at 1pm
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still early a'noon +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 12.25pm Eccles-on-Sea +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 37.Russian White-fronted Geese Blakeney Freshmarsh viewed from Friary Hills NT at 12.15pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at midday cTG.428.069
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still midday north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in 3rd field north of gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 25.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn this morning
Norfolk 3.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey in flooded field south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still late morning Eccles-on-Sea +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still late morning 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 17.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane late morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad north of bridge (not Rollesby Broad)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Rollesby Broad from bridge
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Spotted Redshank. Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Spotted Redshank. Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Fring along road to Shernborne mid morning with Pink-footed Geese (+1+Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still (+100+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk 40.Bewick's Swans between Ingham +Sea Palling by B1159 viewable from Heath Farm entrance track
Norfolk 10.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 10.30am
Norfolk 9.Russian White-fronted Geese Titchwell RSPB flew in off sea
Norfolk 4.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Holkham still east of Lady Anne's Drive near The Lookout with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 9.55am TF.911.441
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 100yds west of Holkham Gap just south of dunes at 9.37am (c70.Snow Buntings still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area +2.Long-tailed Ducks still offshore)
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by barn TF.728.443
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still Eccles-on-Sea at 9.10am +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again flew from roost
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by museum
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad SW of Fring again along road to Shernborne with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 70+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from A149
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still 8.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 4th January 2020

The first winter Waxwing was seen again during the morning near the Richardson Hide eating rosehips, but moved further west to the toilet block at the end of Beach Road in the afternoon. Three Water Rails were heard from the Broadwater and on the sea 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Fulmars and a Great Crested Grebe were on the sea. At Thornham Harbour 2 Barn Owls, 2 Rock Pipits and 10 Twite were logged.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Grimston Warren at 3.24pm then lost to view
Norfolk 4.Whooper Swans (all ads) till 3.05pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool then flew west
Norfolk probable Black Brant Holkham by Lady Anne's Drive this a'noon with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+2.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Geese Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 2.30pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew over Thornham Marsh towards point at 2.19pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at Lady Fen this a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells again 2.15pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 6+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy still from A149 layby early a'noon +Great White Egret. Great White Egret Holkham
Norfolk 6+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy still from A149 layby early a'noon +Great White Egret. Great White Egret Holkham
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad SW of Fring at 2.25pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk no sign of Waxwing Holme in village behind privet hedge by toilet block at 2.10pm
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese south of Horsey Mill east of road with Pink-footed Geese (+47.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 15.Tundra Bean Geese West Somerton in ploughed field west of Collis Lane
Norfolk Bonxie flew west past Thornham at midday
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad south of Titchwell till 12.45pm south of Choseley Drying Barns then flew south with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Waxwing Holme in village behind privet hedge by toilet block at c12.45pm
Norfolk no further sign of 1w.Waxwing Holme NOA
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Park Lake still
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Winterton from concrete track just beyond Commissioner's Dyke at 9.55am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.15pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge then flew north towards Wells Woods TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches (1.male) Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad south of Titchwell still 11.55am south of Choseley Drying Barns with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 11.46am Eccles-on-Sea in caravan park by dunes. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad south of Titchwell still 11.32am south of Choseley Drying Barns with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh at 11.10am. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Marsh
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at south end at 10.20am
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still TF.728.443
Norfolk 4.Whooper Swans (all ads) Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.34am
Norfolk 15.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk 94.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham NNR
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10.45am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks again 11am Holkham Bay 200yds west of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks till 10.55am Holkham Bay 200yds west of Holkham Gap then flew south over pines
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 10.30am Eccles-on-Sea on beach. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 10.45am 200yds west of Holkham Gap (+Long-tailed Duck on sea)
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore at 10.10am +Long-tailed Duck still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at 8.30am cTG.428.069
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Thornham flew east over harbour at 9.50am with 2.Greylag Geese
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay c1/2ml west of roped-off area at 10.32am
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water at lumps
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad south of Titchwell still south of Choseley Drying Barns from Chalkpit Lake tho distant
Norfolk Waxwing 1w Holme NOA still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 10.05am north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 15.Bewick's Swans between Ingham +Sea Palling with 10.Whooper Swans
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 9.45am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 25.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn. 4.Bewick's Swans Ludham
Norfolk 25.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn. 4.Bewick's Swans Ludham
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay at 9.20am +2.drk.Velvet Scoters with 1,000.Common Scoters
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 9.14am Eccles-on-Sea on beach. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still just beyond windmill at 9.08am
Norfolk Red-crested Pochard fem Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park on east side of island on Great Broad at 8.37am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 8.21am TF.911.441
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 8.10am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day between Holkham +Burnham Overy still. On Thursday Spoonbill

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 3rd January 2020

A Waxwing was again at the Richardson Hide and later was trapped and ringed, proving to be an immature (probably female). The bird sat in the pines after release. Other birds of interest included a male Blackcap also ringed, 220 Golden Plover, 110 Lapwings, 46 Curlew, and a Barn Owl hunting south of the Broadwater. A Stonechat and Bullfinch were heard.

The Waxwing spent much of the day feasting on rosehips - Holme Bird Obs, January 2020

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 3.19pm
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Holkham opposite cafe at 3.05pm with Egyptian Geese
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still mid a'noon Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 5+Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl NW of Wells north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge mid a'noon TF.911.441
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Gresham on flood near old workhouse at 12.30pm
Norfolk 55.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 12.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey in fields at Horsey Corner
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend cTG.428.069
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still this a'noon Holkham Park Lake +2.Ravens still
Norfolk Grey Phal flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 11.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marshes near sewage works
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still early a'noon Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 21.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 12.20pm
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still +2.Long-tailed Ducks still
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad south of Titchwell south of Choseley Drying Barns at midday +3.Tundra Bean Geese
Norfolk 30+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle east of East Bank
Norfolk Little Auk Cley on sea off beach car park (2.Black-throated Divers flew past 9.30am-11am +2.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 11am Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 11.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese just east of Weybourne east of mill at 11.10am with Pink-footed Geese (+5.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10.35am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake near island at 10.40am
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese just east of Weybourne still east of mill with c2,000.Pink-footed Geese (+3.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+c60.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 10.05am TF.911.441
Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 9.55am Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 40+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from A149 gate at 9.40am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 1/2ml SW of Fring still in field by minor road at 9.15am with Pink-footed Geese TF.732.342
Norfolk Waxwing on Wednesday Norwich on Earlham Road at St.Thomas Church in morning NR2 3RF
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Red-crested Pochards (both drks) Colney GPs viewable from Bishy Barnebee Way
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Warham Greens still

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 2nd January 2020

A cold and breezy day, 10 Twite were seen at Thornham Harbour and 2 Snow Buntings were on the east end of the beach.

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Norfolk 11.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby again just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in field by Collis Lane at 3.26pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose ad SSE of Happisburgh at Whimpwell Green in arable field by road
Norfolk c35.Snow Buntings Gorleston-on-Sea on outer harbour boulders. 20.Russian White-fronted Geese flew south +Great Northern Diver south at 2.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still +1+Russian White-fronted Goose still
Norfolk 4.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield at 11.13am +7.Whooper Swans still
Norfolk 25.Bewick's Swans between Ingham +Sea Palling with 39.Whooper Swans
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn this a'noon
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still c1.10pm Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese 1/2ml SW of Fring in field by minor road with Pink-footed Geese TF.732.342
Norfolk 9+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese flew south over Waxham at 12.23pm
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 1/2ml SW of Fring still 12.10pm in field by minor road with Pink-footed Geese +2.Tundra Bean Geese TF.732.342
Norfolk 38.Russian White-fronted Geese Wickhampton from layby
Norfolk 16.Bewick's Swans Ingham south of Ingham Corner at 12.15pm
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Nar Valley Fisheries this morning (permit only)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still +Slav Grebe
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 11.50am Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well (+Spoonbill flew south). Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach cTG.406.293
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 1/2ml SW of Fring still 11.30am in field by minor road with c6,000.Pink-footed Geese TF.732.342
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 11.25am Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach cTG.406.293
Norfolk 14.Russian White-fronted Geese Salthouse from Iron Road at 11.20am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose south of Titchwell still south of Choseley Drying Barns with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 8+Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still c10.40am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 1+Shorelark Holkham Bay west of Holkham Gap in dunes
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male again Eccles-on-Sea on concrete beach defences. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml TG.406.293
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese just west of Choseley in beet field south of Ringstead road mid morning
Norfolk 1+Russian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT flew east over Arnold's Marsh at 9.10am
Norfolk 70.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh. 4.Velvet Scoters offshore +3.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 1/2ml SW of Fring still in field by minor road at 9.15am tho mobile with Pink-footed Geese +5.Tundra Bean Geese TF.728.344
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Cley off beach car park mid morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at 8.05am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 1st January 2020

Birds on the sea today included a drake Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Razorbill and two drake Goldeneye. The mixed passerine flock at the mouth of Thornham Harbour held around 30 Snow Buntings, at least four Twite (two colour ringed) 150 Linnet, which again included the leucistic bird. On the grazing marsh around 400 Pink-feet were accompanied by 32 Barnacle Geese, with a further 20 arriving off the sea mid morning. Pride of place today though goes to a Waxwing mid afternoon, showing nicely to a handful of admirers.

Waxwing today at the Obs.

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Norfolk 70.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Bean Goose sp Brancaster in wet field by sea bank at 3.11pm with 2.Greylag Geese
Norfolk Hen Harrier Stiffkey
Norfolk Waxwing Holme NOA
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 3.08pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 48.Russian White-fronted Geese Hopton-on-Sea flew south this a'noon
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese just east of Weybourne in field by road with c2,000.Pink-footed Geese (+5.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese flew past Cart Gap at 2.05pm
Norfolk 241.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT +Great White Egret still
Norfolk no further sign of 1w.male.Desert Wheatear Eccles-on-Sea on concrete beach defences by 2.13pm. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml TG.406.293
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Staithe 200yds west of car park at 1.51pm +3.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 1/2ml SW of Fring still 1.50pm in field by minor road +Tundra Bean Goose but no further sign of reported Black Brant TF.728.344
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Ludham Airfield at 1.40pm +5.Whooper Swans
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes still offshore +drk.Long-tailed Duck 20.Snow Buntings
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese south of Titchwell again just south of Choseley this a'noon
Norfolk c45.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west over Cley NWT at 1.12pm
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 1.15pm Holkham Park Lake just north of island +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 12.15pm Eccles-on-Sea on concrete beach defences then flew over dunes into caravan park +no further sign by 1.08pm. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml TG.406.293
Norfolk 15.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water in fields by pumping station
Norfolk 15.Russian White-fronted Geese Caister-on-Sea flew south late morning
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad near Fring in field at 12.41pm
Norfolk Black Brant SW of Fring with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Earsham GP in tree on island at 12.20pm
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese c1.5mls west of Wighton +just west of Field Barn this a'noon with Pink-footed Geese TF.943.396
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 12.05pm 1/2ml south of Cart Gap on concrete beach defences +showing well TG.406.293
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still viewed north from A149 layby at 11.08am
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Caister-on-Sea flew south
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Hindringham south of minor road west of The Street/ Moorgate Road junction late morning with Dark-bellied Brent Geese TF.981.372
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still late morning south of Cart Gap on concrete beach defences TG.406.293
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 11am TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh again 11.29am
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field behind chevron sign
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn
Norfolk 9.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese south of Titchwell still near Choseley Drying Barns
Norfolk 3.Taiga Bean Geese again Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 17.Russian White-fronted Geese Choseley near drying barns with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 110.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 9.55am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in horse paddocks at 10.06am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w on Monday Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape late a'noon
Norfolk repeat: DESERT WHEATEAR south of Cart Gap
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR south of Cart Gap
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake midway along opposite monument at 9.30am +showing well
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 9.17am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 8.39am TF.911.441

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 31st December 2019

A misty start was followed by a bright sunny day. Birds of note on the sea included a drake Long-tailed Duck and a Red-necked Grebe, and at least six Twite were at Thornham Harbour as well as a Spotted Redshank. Around the observatory itself there were three male Blackcaps and the Tawny Owl was again found roosting in the top of one of the pines.


Tawny Owl-Myrrh Domingo
 
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Norfolk 5.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe at c3.05pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea at 3.03pm +Slav Grebe still +2.Long-tailed Ducks still
Norfolk 4.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe at c3pm
Norfolk 3+Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave still 2.20pm at Hardley Staithe
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 2.05pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe at 10.50am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still +2+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still c1pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still c1pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT +14.Common Cranes
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 23.Russian White-fronted Geese Halvergate Marshes near sewage works
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still this a'noon north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+71+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 90.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh +Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB (but 156.Russian White-fronted Geese. Water Pipit on pool near windpump)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.30am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10.40am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no news on Blue-headed Eastern Yellow Wagtail c1ml north of Sedgeford off Ringstead Road since 9.15am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake +Great White Egret
Norfolk 89.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still at Bloodhill in field by Collis Lane with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese south of Titchwell still north of Choseley Drying Barns
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad just north of Anmer at 10.03am then flew north with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at c9.15am then flushed PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk again no sign of possible ad.Grey-bellied Brant 1/3ml NE of Shernborne but Tundra Bean Goose still then flew east TF.721.325
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret flew south over Thornham at 8.45a
Norfolk 2.Waxwings 1.5mls SE of Colkirk still by B1146 Main Dereham Road at Colkirk Motors mid morning

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 30th December 2019

Highlights today included 3 Eider, a Long-tailed Duck, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 16 Red-throated Divers, 12 Fulmars and 32 Great Crested Grebes on the sea, while on the grazing marshes 700+ Golden Plover, 300 Lapwings and a single Dunlin were of note. A Peregrine was hunting early morning, and 2 Bearded Tits were again near the Broadwater Hide. At Thornham 214 Linnets, 10 Twite and 11 Snow Buntings were seen.

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Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape briefly
Norfolk 2+Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still +2.drk.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 10+Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park at 2.10pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+75+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 11.Snow Buntings Holme Dunes NWT at Gore Point in roped-off area this a'noon
Norfolk no further sign of possible ad.Grey-bellied Brant 1/3ml NE of Shernborne at 1.10pm but Tundra Bean Goose still TF.721.325
Norfolk 3+Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park at 1.10pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Dersingham in fields at Doddshill Road /Ling House Road junction at 1.18pm
Norfolk Bewick's Swan Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 12.55pm 3/4ml north of Sedgeford west of Ringstead Road at dung heap in field 1/4ml north of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.710.378
Norfolk 3.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB early a'noon then flew west. Tundra Bean Goose with Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Parrinder Hide early a'noon tho distant
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 12.30pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley still 11.55am 1/3ml east of Choseley Cottages with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Choseley again in field with Pink-footed Geese +ad.Bewick's Swan
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.50am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail north of Docking late morning
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field with Pink-footed Geese +1+Tundra Bean Goose TF.721.325
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +4.Long-tailed Ducks. ringtail.Hen Harrier flew from roost
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley Drying Barns west of Choseley Road early morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Thornham

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 29th December 2019

Four White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh during the afternoon, and a Peregrine gave good views over the Observatory in the morning. A Woodcock was flushed at the east end of Holme village, and on the sea a drake Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver flew west, and 3 Great Crested Grebes were seen. Also of interest were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Rock Pipits, 3 Bullfinches, 70 Linnets, and around 40 Snow Buntings were at Gore Point with 11 seen from Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose 1.5mls south of Titchwell in field at Choseley Drying Barns with Pinlo-footed Geese
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes Ten Mile Bank still in drilled field 2.fields north of pumping station mid a'noon
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Parrinder Hide late a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Waxwing Burnham Overy on rosehips by layby at 1.32pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail west of Sedgeford over fields
Norfolk 83.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area mid a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area this a'noon (+80+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit Welney WWT
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 12.20pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 11.Snow Buntings Thornham at Staithe Lane this morning
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese 1/3ml NE of Shernborne still 10am in field by road to Fring early a'noon with 5,000.Pink-footed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Goose) TF.719.328
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still 1.07pm +3.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 1+Caspian Gull 1w just SW of Norwich at Ketteringham Recyling Centre viewed from Cantley Lane this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Great Bircham in field just NW of B1153 Lynn Road at Heath House Farm
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still this a'noon 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field with Pink-footed Geese TF.721.325
Norfolk 2.Waxwings 1.5mls SE of Colkirk by B1146 Main Dereham Road in hedge 100yds south of Colkirk Motors at 12.44pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10.46am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 11.40am 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field with 6,000.Pink-footed Geese +3.Tundra Bean Geese TF.719.328
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at 11.40am
Norfolk Black Redstart Hunstanton at South Beach opposite Lee's Caravan Park +showing well PE36 5BA
Norfolk Waxwing ad.male Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by car park entrance at railway station late morning
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad till 11.25am 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field then flew off with 7,000.Pink-footed Geese (for 2nd day) TF.719.328
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 11.27am tho elusive TF.911.441
Norfolk 22.Common Cranes Ten Mile Bank still in drilled field 2.fields north of pumping station at 11.14am
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB near pipes late morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters (all drks) Cley on sea at 8.43am then flew east
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese 1/3ml NE of Shernborne still 10am in field by road to Fring with 7,000.Pink-footed Geese TF.719.328
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 9.58am 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field with 5,000.Pink-footed Geese (+2.White-fronted Geese) TF.719.328
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk c50.Snow Buntings Cley NWT west of Arnold's Marsh flew east over beach
Norfolk 19.Common Cranes near Thurne flew over road
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 8.42am
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field with 5,000+Pink-footed Geese TF.719.328
Norfolk 4+Tundra Bean Geese 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field with 5,000+Pink-footed Geese TF.719.328
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Choseley again in field south of drying barns at 8.15am with Pink-footed Geese

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 28th December 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 40 Common Scoters, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Divers, and 8 Great Crested Grebes were observed, with a Red Kite and a Peregrine also seen during the day. Two Bearded Tits were near the Broadwater Hide and a Stonechat was in the dunes.

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Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still offshore at 2.31pm +5.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes Ten Mile Bank in recently drilled field 2.fields north of new pumping station at 2.31pm
Norfolk 7.probable Taiga Bean Geese flew from Buckenham Marshes RSPB +appeared to land at Cantley at c2.25pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 2.10pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese y'day NW of Hemsby in field at Blood Hills late a'noon with 2,500.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Waxwing ad.male Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by car park entrance at railway station at 1.48pm
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese 1.5mls south of Titchwell in field at Choseley Drying Barns (+Russian White-fronted Goose 2.Barnacle Geese)
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1.08pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Cley NWT flew east by Arnold's Marsh at 12.24pm tho mobile
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 12.34pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at midday +showing well TF.911.441
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose 1.5mls south of Titchwell in field at Choseley Drying Barns
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Roydon Common NWT at 10.58am
Norfolk 4+Velvet Scoters Holkham Gap offshore at 11.02am +3.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at 8.50am +showing well +Great White Egret still at south end
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.19am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no sign of juv.Rough-legged Buzzard NW of Wells north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge 9am-10am TF.911.441
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 9.58am (+90.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male y'day still late a'noon 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe Marshes flew NW +landed on Thurlton Marshes at 11.30am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 27th December 2019

Highlights today included 10 Whooper Swans flying west over the Golf Course at 3pm, and 7 White-fronted Geese near the compound along Thornham Bank. A Peregrine flew over west and 2 Bearded Tits were in the reeds near the Broadwater, with 2 Water Rails calling and a male Blackcap was in the scrub in front of the Richardson hide. A Merlin was at the Golf Course, and a Chiffchaff was along the River Hun near Redwell Marsh.

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Northern Long-tailed Tit by Kevin Blood

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 23rd December 2019

On the sea today 4 Eiders, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 4 Fulmars, 16 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Guillemots. A total of 470 Golden Plover were on the grazing marshes, and a Bearded Tit was in the reeds near the Broadwater with the male Blackcap seen in the Tamarisk near the Observatory. Also of note were 2 Fieldfares, and 7 Snow Buntings were at the end of the dunes.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL male between Sedgeford +Ringstead by Ringstead Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese just east of Burnham Overy still mid a'noon in field by A149 layby
Norfolk Waxwing ad 1ml SE of Brundall still mid a'noon at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Sandy Wall NR13 4HS
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still on marsh NE of Deopham Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Goose (2.ads +juv) Horsey east of road 1/2ml south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese between Burnham Overy +Burnham Thorpe west of road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.45pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB in reeds by railway 50yds east of pipes (+6.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still 11.40am in paddock
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 12.50pm
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese 1ml east of Sedgeford still north of B1454 early a'noon with Pink-footed Geese cTF.728.370
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose ad 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road with Pink-footed Geese (+ad.Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB left roost. 2+Water Pipits on freshmarsh
Norfolk Iceland Gull Kelling flew over beach mid morning
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in trees near folly at 9.45am
Norfolk Waxwing ad 1ml SE of Brundall still at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Sandy Wall +2.Water Pipits NR13 4HS
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines c200yds from Joe Jordan Hide mid morning (+20+Russian White-fronted Geese 3.Great White Egrets)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail near Choseley still
Norfolk 6+Short-eared Owls y'day Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest +Great White Egret

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 22nd December 2019

Overall a drier day, with waders on the marsh including 18 Black-tailed Godwits and 150 Golden Plover. Three White-fronted Geese were south of the Hun mid afternoon. A male Blackcap was in front of the Richardson Hide, 12 Fieldfares were at the back of Drove Orchards and a Cetti's Warbler was near the Broadwater. A Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the grazing marsh mid afternoon.

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Norfolk Waxwing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 1.30pm along sandy path
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate still just east of village by sharp bend
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 11.46am
Norfolk 1+Waxwing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB along sandy path early morning
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield at 11.13am +8.Whooper Swans still
Norfolk 2.Ravens between Castle Rising +Wolferton west of A149 at 11.30am
Norfolk Shorelark Cley flew west over coastguards at 10.40am
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape briefly 9.30am
Norfolk 8.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum briefly
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail between Thornham +Choseley flew west over fields 1/4ml north of Choseley at 8.03am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 21st December 2019

A dry day at last! Lots of activity on the grazing marsh with 1000+ Lapwings, 1600 Wigeon, and 2,000+ Pink-feet. A Red Kite drifted along the ridge and 2 Water Rails were calling, with 3 Grey Partridges south of the Hun near Thornham sea wall and 2 Barn Owls hunting mid afternoon. A Cetti's Warbler was calling near the NWT access gate and 3 Mistle Thrushes flew in over the pines.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey again from campsite car park mid a'noon
Norfolk 4.Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at c2.50pm
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB at c10am then flew to north of railway (+12.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 25.Bewick's Swans Ludham Marsh at south end of Cold Harbour Road +13.Whooper Swans. 8.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Holkham Bay off Holkham Gap +Slav Grebe 5.Long-tailed Ducks 6.Velvet Scoters 20.Snow Buntings, 4.Short-eared Owls flew in off seaNorfolk Gannet juv Welney WWT from hide at 1.30pm
Norfolk 5+Tundra Bean Geese c1ml east of Sedgeford north of B1454 this a'noon with Pink-footed Geese cTF.728.370
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still this a'noon
Norfolk Purple Sand Brancaster Staithe in car park
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+Short-eared Owl) TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 11am TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both ads) y'day King's Lynn at Fisher Fleet on mud below Lynn Shellfish outfalls at 3pm

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 20th December 2019

A total wash-out today, nevertheless a male Blackcap was in the scrub near the heli trap and a drake Goosander flew east over the Broadwater. A flock of 110 Black-tailed Godwits alighted on the marsh early afternoon.

Holme Bird oservatory Thursday 19th December 2019

Four Whooper Swans flew over west early morning. A loose mixed flock of birds on the western side of Thornham Harbour mouth contained 45 Snow Buntings, at least 6 Twite (one colour ringed), 100 plus Linnets (inc the white leucistic bird) and 30 Skylark. On the sea there was a single drake Long-tailed Duck seen flying west and a four drake Eider noted flying east.

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Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market at Beacon Hill
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle viewed from sea wall at 2pm
Norfolk Waxwing between Hillington +Harpley by Peddars Way 200yds behind Dogotel
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 11am
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB in reeds by railway 50yds east of pipes at 12.20pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 7.53am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour still +Long-tailed Duck flew west. 45.Snow Buntings on saltmarsh west of Thornham Harbour mouth
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 9.38am TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still. Long-tailed Duck still on sea. 2.Spotted Redshanks still on Tidal Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 18th December 2019

A Sea watch mid morning produced a Great Northern Diver and a drake Long-tailed Duck and nearby Thornham Harbour a drake Goldeneye, Spotted Redshank, Peregrine and four Twite.

Spotted Redshank-Thornham Harbour

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 2.41pm TF.911.441
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes till 1.06pm at Stone Yard Road then flew east
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market till 2.13pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road then flew west with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 4.WHITE-BILLED DIVERS on 8th December Waxham
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market still 1.42pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 3.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by metal gate just west of pipes at 1.16pm (+5+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 1.05pm
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market still 1.01pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 4.Twite Thornham Harbour still at coal barn +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market still 12.06pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans SW of Fakenham flew NW over East Raynham
Norfolk 14.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still 11.33am
Norfolk Waxwing SW of King's Lynn on wires by A47 1ml SW of A17/A47 roundabout
Norfolk repeat: LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad Burnham Market in field west of Beacon Hill Road at 11.15am with Pink-footed Geese TF.832.408
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad Burnham Market in field west of Beacon Hill Road at 11.15am with Pink-footed Geese TF.832.408
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Holme Dunes on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe. Water Pipit on freshmarsh. Spotted Redshank still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still at Stone Yard Road
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 17th December 2019

A dull, grey and misty day which seemed to limit Pink-foot activity, with only around 800 birds on the Grazing Marsh. Ten Twite were again around Thornham Harbour, with a Barn Owl also noted hunting there at first light.  Closer to the Obs, Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail were both vocal around the Broadwater and a male Blackcap was in the Sea Buckthorn near the NWT car park.

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Norfolk no sign of Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes from Weavers' Way by bend in road
Norfolk 18.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by museum at 2pm +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 12.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum flew over paddock
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Burnham Overy
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Downham Market from bridge at 2.30pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Choseley drying barns flew east over road
Norfolk 1+Taiga Bean Goose y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB still

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 16th December 2019

Another day full of Pink-feet with over 3,500 on the marshes. On the sea a drake Eider, drake Long-tailed Duck, 397 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Red-throated Divers, and 8 Great Crested Grebes were seen. A Short-eared Owl and a Swallow were reported in Thornham Harbour together with 12 Twite.

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Norfolk 86.Snow Buntings recently Cley NWT
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings between Waxham Sands +Horsey Gap on beach +2+Common Cranes
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham on beach between museum +tank this a'noon
Norfolk Swallow Thornham flew east over Staithe Lane at 12.47pm
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese 1/2ml east of Ringstead in field by Docking Road at 1.40pm with 3,000.Pink-footeed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Goose) TF.719.398
Norfolk c20.Twite NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 12.12pm
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end viewed from A149 at 12.19pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+70+Snow Buntings still. Red-necked Grebe on sea +2.Long-tailed Ducks 4.Velvet Scoters. 2.Bewick's Swans flew over Lady Anne's Drive) TF.896.458Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 10.Common Cranes Acle
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese Horsey in field with 1,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 15.Bewick's Swans Catfield this morning
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still along beach
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Breydon Water at west end
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still. 4.Common Cranes flew over visitor centre
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn late morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB early morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 50.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at east end of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 12+Twite Thornham Harbour +Short-eared Owl

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 15th December 2019

Another big count of Pink-feet with over 8,000 on the grazing marsh, and 2 Barnacle Geese also of note. A single Pintail flew past offshore, and 2 Eider, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars, 2 Gannets and 6 Great Crested Grebes also noted. At least 400 Lapwings were also present and a juvenile Peregrine flew over the pines. A Cetti's Warbler was heard near the NWT entrance gate.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret near St.Olaves in drain at 2.08pm
Norfolk 3+Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still near railway viewed from riverbank mid morning (+26+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans (both ads) Holkham Freshmarsh from A149 mid a'noon tho distant +44.Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Cattle Egrets 4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still 1pm from Weavers' Way by bend in road +Great White Egret
Norfolk c89.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn late morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Holkham Gap
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+40+Snow Buntings still. Great Northern Diver offshore) TF.896.458
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still from Weavers' Way by bend in road 10.30am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Massingham Heath
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose south of Burnham Market off Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers y'day flew south past Hemsby