Wednesday 16th January 2019

Fairly strong winds and rain in the afternoon limited activity somewhat. Offshore a drake Long-tailed Duck remained, along with around 50 Eiders, a Slavonian Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Fulmars west. Waders along the beach included 30 Oystercatchers, Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 5 Sanderlings and 17 Dunlin.

A male Stonechat was feeding along the East Bank, 5 Greenfinch were in the car park again and 17 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still + fem.Scaup
Norfolk 4 Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose 120+Russian White-fronted Goose +ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped off area (+20.Snow Buntings still and Black-throated Diver Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 70+ Snow Buntings Cley on beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier Stiffkey still
Norfolk 14+ Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park
Norfolk Long0tailed Duck Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on pits +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Blue Fulmar Sheringham this morning
Norfolk Waxwing midway between Titchwell and Thornham in head north of A149 at 2.38pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv till 12.40pm midway between beach car park and East Bank on dead seal then flew east
Norfolk 15. Common Cranes south of Repps at 1.46pm
Norfolk 2. Bean Goose sp Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 1.04pm
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 12.14pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still atBurnt House Road from path opposite Malthouse Lane at 10.50am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB at Tidal Pool
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea


Tuesday 15th January 2019

Barn Owl and Peregrine were seen hunting over the marsh during the morning, 2 Barnacle Geese were on the grazing marsh again with the Pink-footed Geese and in Thornham Harbour there were 15 Twite and 2 Rock Pipits.

Interest from the sea included a 1st-winter Little Gull west, Great Northern Diver, 46 Eiders, 18 Common Scoters west and a drake Long-tailed Duck.

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Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT (+4.Russian White-fronted Geese fem.Scaup 2.Great White Egrets. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN)
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB still from south end of Burnt House Road
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 2.30pm on beach east of beach car park then flew to North Scrape (+40+Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park at 1pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney still mid a'noon by A1101 on bank at Lamb +Flag pub sign
Norfolk no sign of drk.Ring-necked Duck Welney WWT by mid a'noon but 3.Tundra Bean Geese (+4.Common Cranes). Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Cley still on shingle ridge 1/2ml east of beach car park this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still 12.30pm on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still with sheep on bank from Friends Hide at midday
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney WWT still with sheep on bank from Friends Hide at 11.59am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 11.18am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest tho distant (+2.Short-eared Owls still) TG.457.011
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Runham still west of Thrigby Road at 10.50am
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.15am TF.896.458
Norfolk 11.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w Cromer on carnival field
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still on beach midway between beach car park +East Bank +showing well
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 9.05am
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+16.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day Welney WWT

Monday 14th January 2019

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Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Welney WWT on Lady Fen at c2.55pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad (green-ringed) Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre this a'noon
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still this morning +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Clippesby
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Runham still mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still 2.15pm on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley drifted east past beach car park at 2.05pm
Norfolk 23.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap near roped-off area mid a'noon (+24.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (2.ads +1w) Titchwell RSPB this morning at high tide
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still mid a'noon viewable from mound in Waveney Forest tho distant (+3+Short-eared Owls still) TG.457.011
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at 1pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 1.05pm flew west along beach past beach car park +landed on beach c1/2ml to west (+11.Velvet Scoters on sea)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this a'noon
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3 this morning +juv.Spoonbill still
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from Main Hide this a'noon tho distant (+8.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk 12.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still this a'noon from south end of Burnt House Road
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Blakeney Harbour from Lifeboat House
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still just east of East Bank on beach late morning
Norfolk 96.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still mid morning
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still Wells Woods c100yds west of The Dell in birches on south side of main track at 11.30am with c40.Mealy/ Lesser Redpolls
Norfolk 6+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 10.45am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT again east of Beach Road car park on pool behind screen at 10.18am
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide (2.Cattle Egrets still on bank at Gold Hill near road bridge tho mobile). Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach by groyne.1 at 9.30am. On Friday Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB near Rotary Hide from far bank
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach by groyne.1 at 9.30am. On Friday Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB near Rotary Hide from far bank
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest (+2.Short-eared Owls still) TG.457.011
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still from south end of Burnt House Road at 9.16am tho distant
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes Sandwich Tern
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Wells still flew west over Beach Road at 8.15am
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddock
Norfolk report of Great White Egret y'day Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes was erroneous
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes

Sunday 13th January 2019

On the sea today a raft of 60 Eiders was of note with at least 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Guillemots, 3 Red-throated Divers and an adult Little Gull also recorded. A flock of 53 Barnacle Geese flew west past the Observatory at 12.37pm.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egret Welney still mid a'noon on bank at Gold Hill near road bridge
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Weybourne on sea
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Cley still along beach +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Runham still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad still at south end from car park bridge tho distant
Norfolk 1+Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still from south end of Burnt House Road tho distant
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Slav Grebe Thornham Point +2.Little Gulls
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Thornham Point
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3 +Spoonbill

Saturday 12th January 2019

Two Barnacle Geese were in among the Pink-feet flock today, and on the sea 60 Eiders, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Velvet Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 19 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Shags, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Red-necked Grebes were also recorded, together with a Guillemot and 3 Little Gulls seen offshore. A Short-eared Owl flew along the dunes and a Peregrine was of note on the grazing marsh late afternoon.

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Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay at west end
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road at 12.22pm
Norfolk 16.Velvet Scoters flew west past Cley early a'noon
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Holkham Bay flew east at 12.05pm +27.Shorelarks still (+22.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley on sea then flew west
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still at Choseley Farm in field then flew towards Docking at 11.29am
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk again Welney WWT from Main Hide at 11.14am +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.15am
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh at NW end at 11am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton flew over North Beach (+40+Snow Buntings at 9am)
Norfolk no sign of Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still Pit.3
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3
Norfolk 8+Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 10.32am then flew west
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still from south end of Burnt House Road at 9.56am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egret Welney still on bank at Gold Hill near road bridge
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney still on bank at Gold Hill at 9.20am
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT still 8.31am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +5.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Morston Quay
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley flew west along beach. 9+Velvet Scoters offshore

Friday 11th January 2019

On the sea today 58 Eiders, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 13 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers, singles of Black-throated and Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmars, a Shag, 4 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and a Guillemot were all recorded. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting early afternoon, and at least 6 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 4.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT from Teal Hide at 10am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still late morning in field right of road to Stokesby NR29 3DS
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes still at Toft Monks Mill on river bank towards Burgh Castle late morning (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh late morning (+Great White Egret)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still late morning on middle pit +showing well
Norfolk 18.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 25+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap inr roped-off area +juv.Glaucous Gull flew west (+32.Snow Buntings still. Red-necked Grebe on sea +4+Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still mid morning tho distant NR29 3DS
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Thurne in field north of road Clippesby at 9.35am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 9.30am flew east over beach east of beach car park
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still SE of footpath at south end of Burnt House Road
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still on beach east of beach car park at 9.07am
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB on Pit.3 at 8.15am

Thursday 10th January 2019

Over 300 Golden Plover and 250 Lapwings were on the grazing marshes, and on the sea 60 Eiders, 2 Common Scoters, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Guillemot, a Fulmar, one Great Crested and 2 Red-necked Grebes were seen. A Barn Owl was on a post near the Broadwater and 8 Bramblings flew west over the NOA car park.

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Norfolk Black Brant ad just north of Wells till 3.30pm west of Beach Road on pitch +putt course then flew off with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still mid a'noon by railway then landed midway to River Yare (+3+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 1+Russian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black Brant ad Wells on pitch +putt course mid a'noon with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still mid a'noon in wheat field by Stokesby Road south of chicken farm TG.458.119 NR29 3DS
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Wells on Quarles Marsh viewed from footpath on west side of caravan park at c1.25pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Wells harbour opposite caravan park this a'noon
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still viewed from riverbank c1/2ml east of Hassingham Beck at 12.35pm (120+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still)
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still viewed from riverbank c1/2ml east of Hassingham Beck at 12.35pm (120+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still)
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese 1/3ml SW of Thrigby still in field north of Stokesby Road layby TG.458.119 NR29 3DS
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still early a'noon
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver. 6.Long-tailed Ducks Thornham Point
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver. 6.Long-tailed Ducks Thornham Point
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on 3rd pit
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Thetford at Nunnery Lakes then flew west

Monday 7th January 2019

Seabirds today included 68 Eiders, 7 Long-tailed Ducks (6 drakes), 12 Common Scoters east, 30 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Black-throated and 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Fulmars, 4 Shags, 8 Great Crested and 2 Slavonian Grebes, a drake Pintail west, a Kittiwake and an adult Little Gull.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Russian White-fronted Goose Brent Goose
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes offshore late morning +c15.Long-tailed Ducks 2.Black-throated Divers 2.Great Northern Divers 4+Shags. c10.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes offshore late morning +c15.Long-tailed Ducks 2.Black-throated Divers 2.Great Northern Divers 4+Shags. c10.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 12.15pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still early a'noon on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide +5.Long-tailed Ducks still on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still this a'noon Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk possible Northern Treecreeper (nominate form familiaris) y'day still Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Horsey just east of car park at 10.50am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still west of West Bank at 10.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Barton Broad with Lesser Redpolls (+fem.Long-tailed Duck still +2.fem.Scaup still)
Norfolk c14.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still on grazing marsh mid morning. View west from footpath west of Burnt House Road
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston still on sea
Norfolk Scaup fem Cley off coastguards
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Thrigby still near Thrigby Hall at 9am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley off coastguards then flew west +4+Velvet Scoters
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +6.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver. Spotted Redshank Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +6.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver. Spotted Redshank Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide

Sunday 6th January 2019

On the sea today highlights were 57 Eiders, 9 Long-tailed Ducks, 12 Common Scoters, 11 Goldeneye, 35 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Fulmars, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-necked Grebes and a Slavonian Grebe. Also of interest were 10 Ruff on the grazing marsh, 2 Barn Owls hunting in the afternoon, a Merlin and Woodcock.

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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still 12.02pm tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea +2.Great Northern Divers 12.Long-tailed Ducks Black-throated Diver
Norfolk 34.Bewick's Swans south of Catfield by main road
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still 10.20am Wells harbour on sand bank just south of lifeboat station
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT still 11.15am from Main Hide
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes between Thurne +Clippesby in field by road
Norfolk 200.Russian White-fronted Geese between Buckenham Marshes RSPB +Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes between Thurne +Clippesby in field by road
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +7.Long-tailed Ducks 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston still on sea at 10.25am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap at 10.32am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still 10.05am Wells Woods flew north over The Dell
Norfolk again no sign of any Waxwings Thorpe St.Andrew at Broadland Business Park NR7 0WE
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Lady Anne's Drive
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT still on Lady Fen at 9.53am
Norfolk no sign of drk.Ring-necked Duck Welney WWT
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in saltmarsh east of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still 9.21am Wells harbour east of caravan park on seal carcass by green buoy
Norfolk 20.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still west of roped-off area east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Wells harbour in channel east of caravan park at 8.49am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +7.Velvet Scoters 6.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT again flew south over Stubb Mill Watchpoint at 8.03am +29+Common Cranes

Saturday 5th January 2019

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Norfolk Hen Harrier Welney WWT mid a'noon
Norfolk 12.Waxwings Thorpe St.Andrew at Broadland Business Park mid a'noon NR7 0WE
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 1.15pm Barton Broad from viewing platform +fem.Long-tailed Duck still +3.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv near Choseley Farm at Burnham Lane in field mid a'noon
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still this a'noon Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park
Norfolk Great White Egret Gapton Marshes west of Harper's Lane track at 12.30pm tho distant
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham harbour still 10.30am
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still west of roped-off area east of Holkham Gap (+c50.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe Slav Grebe Pale-bellied Brent Goose Great Northern Diver 2.hybrid.Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose) TF.896.458
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still +Common Crane
Norfolk 20+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still just east of boardwalk late morning tho mobile
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Wells Woods in The Dell just beyond kissing gate in birches with 60+Lesser Redpolls tho mobile (+1+Mealy Redpoll)
Norfolk no sign of redhead.Smew Ormesby Little Broad /Filby Broad late morning
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still 10.56am Welney WWT from Main Hide +showing well
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male y'day Hickling Broad NWT still at Stubb Mill late a'noon +2.Bewick's Swans 6.Common Cranes
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Barton Broad from viewing platform at 10.30am +fem.Long-tailed Duck still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk possible Northern Treecreeper (nominate form familiaris) still Titchwell RSPB near picnic area at 8.30am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at Beach Road sluice then flew west
Norfolk Smew redhead just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 9.30am
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +5.Long-tailed Ducks still +Slav Grebe still

Friday 4th January 2019

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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still 2.43pm Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes Clippesby
Norfolk no sign of Cattle Egret Heigham Holmes near farm buildings from Martham Ferry this a'noon but 5+Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Taiga Bean Geese Happisburgh at crossroads at 2pm with c1,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk probable Black-necked Grebe Barton Broad mid a'noon tho distant +fem.Long-tailed Duck still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still late morning: 1.in paddocks, 3.at Lynford Hall
Norfolk possible Northern Treecreeper (nominate form familiaris) still Titchwell RSPB on Meadow Trail
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still this a'noon Welney WWT from Main Hide tho distant
Norfolk Slav Grebe y'day Holkham Gap on sea
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Cley by boats west of beach car park late morning
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB from river bank 1/4ml east of Hassingham Beck Sluice viewed towards beet factory at 12.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB still on saltmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB still on saltmarsh early morning
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston still on sea at south end of cliffs at midday
Norfolk Bewick's Swan ad Salthouse at end of Beach Road on flood late morning
Norfolk Shorelark Holkham Bay still west of roped-off area east of Holkham Gap (+20.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 14.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB in sedges near railway from end of Burnt House Road at 11.36am (+186.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea +2.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still 11.05am on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 12.Common Cranes near Thurne in field north of road opposite reservoir at 10.44am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still mid morning +3.fem.Scaup
Norfolk reported Red-necked Grebes Wells harbour opposite old granary building are Little Grebes
Norfolk reported Red-necked Grebes Wells harbour opposite old granary building are Little Grebes
Norfolk no sign of redhead.Smew Ormesby Little Broad /Filby Broad
Norfolk 6.Red-necked Grebes Wells harbour opposite old granary building at 9.45am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park at 9.40am
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 4.Hen Harriers (1.male) y'day Warham Greens roost at 4pm +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe still

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Seawatching today produced 4 Great Skuas, 70 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 29 Common Scoters, 33 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes, and 1 Red-necked Grebe. At least 13 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret still Heigham Holmes near farm buildings early morning
Norfolk 20+Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still mid a'noon +20+Whooper Swans still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still 1.15pm Wells Harbour on bank opposite beach car park
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still 1.20pm on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk c90.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water flew west towards Berney Marshes at 1pm
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans just NW of Sea Palling by B1159
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper SE of North Walsham at Briggate still midday on canal TG.315.274
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew over Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose Horning in 1st field east of vilage with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still 11.15am from viewing platform +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Hopton-on-Sea still from south end of Warren Lane
Norfolk 1+Russian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still c10.40am Wells Harbour on bank opposite caravan park
Norfolk 8.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump mid morning then flew east (+35+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew past Cley
Norfolk c25.Snow Buntings NW of Sea Palling on beach SE of North Gap
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still tho distant but no sign of any Scaup
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Cley NWT flew west along beach towards beach car park at 9.15am
Norfolk 13.Twite Thornham Harbour still near Coal Barn
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Wells Harbour on bank opposite caravan park
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper SE of North Walsham at Briggate again on canal at 8.45am TG.315.274
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past West Runton +6.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens at 8.05am TG.225.082
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE NOA

Wishing all our members and web visitors a very Happy 2019, and plenty of good birding in the coming year!!

Monday 31st December 2018

Seawatching was the highlight again today, with 70+ Eiders, 2 Goldeneye, 45 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Goosanders, 6 Red-throated and one Great Northern Diver, a Fulmar west, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-necked Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe and a Black-necked Grebe together with 3 Guillemots all offshore.

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Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay +Long-tailed Duck 3.Velvet Scoters 2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 2.50pm 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still on Lady Fen mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme offshore +1+Slav Grebe 3+Great Northern Divers Little Gull Velvet Scoter Long-tailed Duck. 13+Twite Thornham Harbour stillNorfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme offshore +1+Slav Grebe 3+Great Northern Divers Little Gull Velvet Scoter Long-tailed Duck. 13+Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston still on sea at 1.20pm
Norfolk c20.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap this a'noon (+c50.Snow Buntings. 2.Slav Grebes offshore +Great Northern Diver)TF.896.458
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +11.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still mid a'noon by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens TG.225.082
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still this a'noon on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Red-necked Grebe offshore +2.Great Northern Divers 6.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Norwich still west of A147 at Coach +Horses Row early a'noon NR2 1RZ
Norfolk 53.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still late morning 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT on main lagoon. 3.Short-eared Owls beyond Friends Hide
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still mid morning by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens TG.225.082
Norfolk 8.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump mid morning
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk Cattle Egret still Heigham Holmes near farm buildings at 9am
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens TG.225.082
Norfolk 2.Scaup (both fem) Barton Broad still 8.45am

Sunday 30th December 2018

Highlights were on the sea with 85+ Eiders, single Common and Velvet Scoters, 7 Goldeneye, 66+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, an adult Gannet east, Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes and 9 Great Crested Grebes. A Razorbill, 3 Guillemots and 6 Little Gulls were also seen. A group of 5 Ruff were on the NWT pools, and 16 Twite and a Lapland Bunting were noted in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 26.Bewick's Swans flew east over Honingham at 3.34pm
Norfolk 7.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Thornham Harbour at 1.30pm (+16.Twite still)
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea late morning 3.Great Northern Divers Black-throated Diver 9.Little Gulls
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich still 1.32pm off Walpole Street at Walpole Gardens/ Chapel Field Road
Norfolk c25.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich still 12.50pm near A147 at Coach +Horses Row tho mobile NR2 1RZ
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose west of West Rudham in field south of A148 at 12.45pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Kimberley at Kimberley Hall Lake
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 11.35am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +2+Russian White-fronted Geese +escaped ad.White Stork (red-ringed)
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still midday 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach at 10.30am (+Red-necked Grebe Great Northern Diver 5+Long-tailed Ducks. Water Pipit on freshmarsh)
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Clippesby +Repps at 11.15am
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour still near sluice gate at 10.45am
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 11.15am 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 59.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water +27,900.Golden Plovers
Norfolk 48.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still 9am +Red-necked Grebe
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still late morning on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 10am 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 7.Waxwings Norwich off Union Street at Jenny Lind Park
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Walcott on sea at 10.34am +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock at 9.33am +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 9.36am
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston off pier
Norfolk 21.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still (+6.Long tailed Ducks 2.Short-eared Owls Hen Harrier)

Saturday 29th December 2018

On the sea today 70+ Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and 2 Guillemots were of interest, with a Peregrine hunting over the grazing marsh and 2 Barn Owls seen late afternoon.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still 3.05pm +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 2.25pm SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still 1.16pm by police station
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +6.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 12.42pm SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea at 11am
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Hopton-on-Sea off Warren Lane at 10.30am
Norfolk no news on Black-bellied Dipper 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton by police station
Norfolk no sign of possible ad.Grey-bellied Brant 1/2ml south of Docking viewed SW from King's Lynn Road at 10.05am TF.763.360
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 1/2ml south of Docking viewed SW from King's Lynn Road with Pink-footed Geese

Friday 28th December 2018

Some good seawatching today included 70 Eiders, 23 Common Scoters, 3 Goldeneye, 35 Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Red-throated Divers, 4 Great Northern Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Fulmars, 1 Shag, 1 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill. A flock of 12 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Wells Woods in The Dell at 2.27pm
Norfolk Great White Egret between Blackborough End +Wormegay at Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Holkham NNR in field from Washington Hide
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Holkham NNR in field from Washington Hide at 2.01pm
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap at 1.35pm TF.896.458
Norfolk White Stork still 1.30pm Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 120.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB at 12.38pm
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB/ Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 12.35pm 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 30+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap at 12.31pm
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 12.20pm SW of Docking in field by road to Fring with Pink-footed Geese. Approach with caution TF.755.355
Norfolk White Stork still 12.04pm Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water South Wall still
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill at 11.23am TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper between North Walsham +Happisburgh at Ebridge Mill at 11.23am
Norfolk no sign of any Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens at Coach +Horses Row at 11am NR2 1RZ
Norfolk White Stork still 11.01am just south of Welney WWT from A1101 bridge tho distant
Norfolk White Stork still just south of Welney WWT from A1101 bridge tho distant
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Hunstanton Cliffs at 10.30am
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme NOA on sea +3.Slav Grebes 4+Great Northern Divers
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still SW of Docking in field by road to Fring at 9.45am with Pink-footed Geese +2.Tundra Bean Geese still (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose). Approach with caution TF.755.355
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +14.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Cattle Egret still Heigham Holmes near farm buildings at 8.45am tho distant

Thursday 27th December 2018

Sea watching this morning produced three Great Northern Divers, two Red-necked Grebes and single Long-tailed Duck and Shag. An arrival of c5000 Pink-feet early afternoon on to the grazing marsh was an impressive sound and sight, though unfortunately nothing else of note could be found amongst them.

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Norfolk c33.Snow Buntings Winterton flew south over North Dunes at 2.35pm
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Thurne
Norfolk possible Coues's Arctic Redpoll Wells Woods by Abraham's Bosom in birches by path at 1.57pm then flew east with Mealy +Lesser Redpolls
Norfolk 4.Waxwings still 2pm Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens TG.225.082
Norfolk White Stork still Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide (5.Russian White-fronted Geese still on Lady Fen +Great White Egret still)
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 1.05pm SW of Docking in field by road to Fring with c10,000.Pink-footed Geese. Approach with caution TF.755.355
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay
Norfolk 25.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap at 9.45am (+60+Snow Buntings. Black-throated Diver offshore +Great Northern Diver 2.Slav Grebes)TF.896.458
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich at Chapelfield Gardens
Norfolk 14.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB again from windpump
Norfolk Black Brant Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret still 10.45am Heigham Holmes near farm buildings tho distant
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe 4.Great Northern Divers 17.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad again SW of Docking in field by road to Fring at 10.10am with Pink-footed Geese. Approach with caution
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Holme NOA offshore +3.Great Northern Divers Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Heacham North Beach from outflow
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh. 3.Great Northern Divers offshore +11.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Cattle Egret again Heigham Holmes near farm buildings at 8.15am tho distant

Sunday 23rd December 2018

WISHING ALL OUR MEMBERS AND WEB VISITORS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

GOOD BIRDING IN 2019, FROM EVERYONE AT THE NOA

 

Anyone find me a pear tree? (Photo by Karla Otta)

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Bean Goose sp Sea Palling with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 35.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Heigham Holmes at 8.35am. 10.Common Cranes flew over towards Potter Heigham Marshes

Saturday 22nd December 2018

On the sea today 60+ Eiders, 22 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 9 Fulmars, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Guillemots were noted. A Barn Owl was hunting near Thornham Harbour in the afternoon and 3 Ruff were on the NWT marshes.

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Norfolk Bittern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB/ Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 12.Velvet Scoters Cley off coastguards at 2pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Heigham Holmes at 12.10pm +45.Russian White-fronted Geese 9.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs still left roost at 7.30am
Norfolk c90.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB on beach at 9.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 75+Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad then flew towards Filby Broad +no sign since
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Heigham Holmes at 7.50am +2.Common Cranes. Otter Martham Ferry in boatyard cut
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Heigham Holmes at 7.50am +2.Common Cranes. Otter Martham Ferry in boatyard cut

NOA SPONSORED BIRDWATCH, 24th DECEMBER 2018

On Christmas Eve, NOA warden Sophie Barker and a team of regulars from Holme Bird Observatory will be attempting to see as many species as possible around Holme, Thornham and Titchwell, with a target of 100! To find out how they did, check the site over the New Year where a full report will be posted.

If you'd like to sponsor the event this year you can sponsor Sophie by pledging at pledge@noa.org.uk
or by contacting Holme Bird Observatory on 01485 525406.

Friday 21st December 2018

On the sea today a Black-necked Grebe was of particular interest, with 80+ Eiders, and 10+ Common Scoters. Three Ruff were on the NWT grazing marsh and 2 Bearded Tits were in the reeds along the east bank. A Cetti's Warbler was near the car park hide.

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Norfolk 5.Mealy Redpolls Costessey GPs
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still
Norfolk 15+Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still by sea wall at 12.30pm +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk White Stork still Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide (+Great White Egret still +7.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Horsey by Horsey Mill in field opposite Horsey Estate Trust track at 11.40am
Norfolk 45.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv Titchwell RSPB at Volunteer Marsh

Thursday 20th December 2018

Highlights today included 64 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Common Scoters, a drake Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver and 3 Great Crested Grebes. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was seen mid morning at Thornham and a Barn Owl was hunting at the east end of Holme village early afternoon.

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Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory +White Stork still (+7.Russian White-fronted Geese still +Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Gorleston on sea near yellow buoy at 12.17pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk 20+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltings (+100.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk 1+Shorelark Holkham Bay still on saltings (+1+Snow Bunting 6.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT flew over cafe
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB but no sign of redhead Smew
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again 7.25am then flew off
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from river bank beyond windpump at 9.09am tho distant
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Marsh

Wednesday 19th December 2018

On the sea a flock of 55 Eider were noteworthy with a male Pochard a surprise find in amongst them!
An immature Peregrine was also seen chasing gulls and waders along the shoreline.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still on beach opposite Rocket House cafe at 2.10pm
Norfolk White Stork again Welney WWT (Short-eared Owl from Friends Hids)
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory this a'noon (+3.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 12.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off coastgaurds at 10.21am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh by Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again c7.20am then flew off

Tuesday 18th December 2018

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Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB on pit from Shore Hide
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still on beach
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in yew by paddock at 12.05pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 14.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still in NE corner this morning
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Scaup drk still 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10.30am. Use A149 layby, walk E +take f'path north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Reedbed Pool. 2.Long-tailed Ducks still on sea

Monday 17th December 2018

A Barn Owl was hunting near the east end of Holme Village, and a Peregrine shot through Thornham Harbour early afternoon. A single Snow Bunting was on the beach, 2 Cetti's Warblers could be heard around the Broadwater and 3 Stonechats (2 in the dunes and 1 on the east bank) were recorded.

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Norfolk 18.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+50.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Haddiscoe Island at 11.30am +3.Short-eared Owls
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT on main lagoon this morning (+2.White-fronted Geese). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Wells Woods in SW corner of The Dell (+c40.Mealy Redpolls still)
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at midday
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Titchwell RSPB on sea at 11.15am +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk 4+Bewick's Swans 1ml west of Sea Palling still on pool opposite Boundary Farm at 10.50am TG.411.269
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs still 7.10am then flew off

Sunday 16th December 2018

On the sea today highlights were 83 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 88 Eiders, 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmars, a Gannet, 20 Great Crested Grebes and a Razorbill. A Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owls were also noted, with a Cetti's Warbler calling near the Broadwater, a Merlin near the harbour and 12 Twite also still present.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in scrub from Tower Hide at 11.55am tho distant NR13 4HS
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 12.05pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Welney WWT still +White Stork. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml SSE of Waxham at Walnut Farm with Pink-footed Geese cTG.451.246 NR12 0EG
Norfolk 23.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+Long-tailed Duck)
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+60.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe 4.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea at 10.30am)Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 18.Bewick's Swans 1ml west of Sea Palling on pool opposite Boundary Farm +15.Whooper Swans TG.411.269
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Catfield by A149
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +7.Long-tailed Ducks. 2.Water Pipits on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again over Volunteer Marsh

Saturday 15th December 2018


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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer on beach opposite Rocket House cafe at 11.40am
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad then flew to Filby Broad at 10.50am
Norfolk 18.Bewick's Swans Ingham on pond opposite Boundary Farm at 10am +10.Whooper Swans
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still at east end of large dyke at 9.30am (+187.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +7.Long-tailed Ducks

Friday 14th December 2018

A ring-tail Hen Harrier was hunting mid morning and on the sea 50 Common Scoters and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers were noted together with 6+ Eiders. A Peregrine was also of interest.

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Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by railway early a'noon tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose between Horsey +Brograve Farm at 11.40am with Pink-footed Geese +Tundra Bean Goose (+7.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese ESE of Repps in field off Church Road at 11am with Pink footed Geese
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Heacham off North Beach from outflow +Red-necked Grebe
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 10.05am
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Clippesby still at Ashby with Pink footed Geese (+2.Common Cranes)
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs still 7.25am then flew off

Thursday 13th December 2018

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Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again in tree viewable from road at dusk
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach
Norfolk 2.White-fronted Geese Waxham on winter wheat field with 250.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk White-fronted Goose Horsey just south of Horsey Mill with 600+Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 10.Tundra Bean Geese West Somerton at 2.35pm
Norfolk 6+Tundra Bean Geese NW of Clippesby at Ashby in sugar beet field with Pink footed Geese
Norfolk Smew redhead Filby Broad at 9.30am
Norfolk 5+Velvet Scoters Gorleston-on-Sea
Norfolk Hen Harrier south of Hemsby
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common in silver birches near Clacton Park
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB over Volunteer Marsh at 9am
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad 100yds from car park from Filby Bridge
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Martham over fields at Repps Road
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley on sea off beach car park at 9.55am +5.Velvet Scoters still. male Hen Harrier flew west at 9.10am
Norfolk 13.Twite Thornham Harbour at 9.54am +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Great White Egret on Monday Titchwell RSPB