Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 23rd May 2019

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Horsey
Norfolk Quail male singing Blakeney Point near end of boardwalk briefly
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew SW over Horsey late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west past Weybourne Camp early morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk White Stork flew over Martham Broad at 10am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk 4.Temminck's Stints still 9.37am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Little Stint)
Norfolk Quail male singing last night Loddon
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Titchwell at 7.48am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Titchwell RSPB again on fenced-island at 7.15am then flew west
Norfolk 4.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 6.50am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 22nd May 2019

One of many Green Hairstreak on the Tamarisk by the Observatory - Holme Bird Obs, May 2019

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Norfolk Osprey flew over Martham Broad
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) Holkham Freshmarsh till mid evng at west end viewed north from A149 then flew west
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew over Titchwell RSPB 5.15am-6.15am
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) till 6pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance then flew west. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) Holkham Freshmarsh at west end viewed north from A149 at 7.06pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still 5.40pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB again late morning +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Cley NWT at 3.24pm
Norfolk Quail male singing Sheringham at west end of Sheringham Golf Course at 2.15pm
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still 2.42pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 1.25pm just east of Wells west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance on North Point Pool. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Osprey flew over Horsey Mere. 4.Common Cranes Potter Heigham
Norfolk Osprey flew over Horsey Mere. 4.Common Cranes Potter Heigham
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB from mill +showing well
Norfolk Quail male singing just east of Wells near pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.15am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 10.57am just east of Wells west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance on North Point Pool. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Turnstone Norwich flew over Sherbourne Place at 1.16am
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 10.40am just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 9am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk still no sign of male.Red-spotted Bluethroat 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox by 9.15am. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk still no sign of male.Red-spotted Bluethroat 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox by 7.35am. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk no sign of male.Red-spotted Bluethroat 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox by 7am. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 21st May 2019

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Norfolk Spoonbill Heacham flew south over South Beach +6.Turtle Doves
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (1.ad) Cley NWT
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB +Great Northern Diver Turtle Dove
Norfolk Black Tern Titchwell RSPB this a'noon +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 4.18pm 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 2.30pm 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier ringtail Winterton North Dunes flew north at plantation at 3.30pm
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 10.45am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox +showing well. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT again on Rush Hill Scrape at 11am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills 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 3.Dotterel Blakeney Point at west end of Great Sandy Low at 10.22am
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still mid morning 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox +showing well. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk BEE-EATER Hunstanton flew NE over Sainsbury's at 9.10am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9.10am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk BEE-EATER Heacham flew north over South Beach at 8.45am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 8.35am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox +showing well. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near pillbox NR25 7AH TG.128.435

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 20th May 2019

Five Spoonbills flew east and an Osprey flew over the Firs heading north east. A Greenshank, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 2+ Cuckoos, 2 Sand Martins, 6 Swallows, a Garden Warbler were also recorded.

A Scalloped Hazel was in the moth trap and Small Copper, Brown Argus and Green Hairstreak were among the butterflies seen.

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Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 3.44pm 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Osprey Holme Dunes NWT flew NE over The Firs at 12.25pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 11.27am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox +showing well NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Holme Dunes flew towards Lavender Marsh at 11.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem y'day Wiveton at Wiveton Hall Fruit Farm near play mansion
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Blakeney Point in Plantation. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 10.40am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox tho elusive NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male near Southrepps by minor road at 7.40am
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 8.45am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox tho elusive
Norfolk Spoonbill Blakeney Point at east end
Norfolk Cattle Egret Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 7.55am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox at 6.20am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water till 7.12am on North Flats then flew to Berney Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water on North Flats
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves (both males) singing Titchwell RSPB still in car park

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 19th May 2019

At least one Grasshopper Warbler seen at the end of the east bank and heard this morning, ringing produced a Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler together with a family of young Dunnocks. Two Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo and 6 Swifts were also seen.

Two Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange Tips, a Brown Argus, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown were seen on the reserve, and in the moth traps 9 Diamond-backs and 2 Breckland Plumes were of note.

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Norfolk Bluethroat reported between Sheringham +Weybourne at Spalla Gap in gorse by coast path +anti-tank ditch at 2.03pm then flew west towards beach
Norfolk Garganey fem Sculthorpe Moor NR still from Whitley Hide at 2.56pm
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk no sign of any Temminck's Stints Holme Dunes NWT on scrape (but Spoonbill flew east)
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still this a'noon on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance (+2.Wood Sands Spoonbill). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 2.08pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Cattle Egret reported Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation by 1.05pm (but fem.Pied Fly)
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point in plantation early a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv.male just south of Burnham Market flew west
Norfolk 3.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance mid morning. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance mid morning (+2.Wood Sands). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +4.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Brisley on Harper's Lane
Norfolk Turtle Dove Kelling
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day New Buckenham Common NWT still

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 18th May 2019

The highlight of the day was 2 Temminck's Stints found on the scrapes late afternoon - visible from the first NWT hide. Other interest on the marshes included 4 lingering Pink-footed Geese, a mimimum of 8 Common Sandpipers and singles of Greenshank and Whimbrel. Along the Broadwater 4 Common Terns, 4 Sandwich Terns and 2 Little Terns were seen.

Overhead were 2 Swifts, c.20 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin and a Tree Pipit west whilst in the dunes at least 5 Cuckoos, Turtle Dove, Whinchat and 2 Stonechats were of note.

A Small Elephant Hawkmoth was in the moth traps along with an early Brown Rustic and 7 Diamondback Moths.

The Wood Sandpiper was present again on Redwell until early evening when it flew off high north east.


The two Temminck's Stints feeding together - Holme Dunes NWT, May 2019

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Norfolk 2.Dotterel still late evng 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) near Fakenham at Pensthorpe Natural Park +2.Knot Sanderling Turtle Dove. Reserve open 10am-5pm. Entry £11.95 NR21 0LN
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point +2.Pied Flys 2.Spoonbills
Norfolk 6+Dotterel still 7.15pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane then 5.flew north TF.763.414
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this evng
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT from Bishop Hide
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still at far end of car park late a'noon
Norfolk 4.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance mid a'noon (+4.Wood Sands still). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Pied Fly between Old Hunstanton +Holme +Turtle Dove
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Kelling Water Meadow still mid a'noon west of pool +showing well
Norfolk Wood Wblr Felbrigg Park in trees between main entrance +1st car park near marker posts
Norfolk 7.Dotterel still mid a'noon 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Norton in cattle field mid a'noon
Norfolk 5.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Corncrake singing Welney WWT near Summer Walk (+Great White Egret 6.Common Cranes over). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Broome flushed from hawthorns
Norfolk 7.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane late morning TF.763.414
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB then flew north
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance (+4.Wood Sands 3.Curlew Sands Spoonbill). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 6+Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.BEE-EATERS Winterton flew north past beach car park at 10am
Norfolk 3.Temminck's Stints still mid morning Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape then flew to North Scrape
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Kelling Water Meadow still by pool. Pied Fly in NE corner +Spoonbill briefly
Norfolk 3.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.29am
Norfolk Temminck's Stint still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Garganey fem Sculthorpe Moor NR from Whitley Hide
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still on Surrey Street on Aviva
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk again no sign of male.Kentish Plover Breydon Water at east end from hide by 7.40am
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Burnham Overy Dunes just east of boardwalk

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 17th May 2019

A Common Sandpiper was of note around Broadwater and NWT first hide, with a single Black-tailed Godwit also of interest. 2 Cuckoos were calling and at least 6 Swifts were seen over the grazing marsh. 3+ Grasshopper Warblers were still present with Cetti's Warbler also heard.

At Redwell Marsh the Curlew Sandpiper had gone but the Wood Sandpiper was seen again late morning.

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Norfolk 9+Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 1pm +showing well TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 1.43pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 1.52pm (+2.Wood Sands still). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 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 KENTISH PLOVER male still midday Breydon Water at east end from hide on ebbing tide tho distant (+2.Little Stints)
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 11.32am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho distant
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 11.13am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Kelling Water Meadow still in east hedge
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 10.40am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho distant
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 10.20am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho distant
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 9.57am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho elusive
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 9.15am TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 9.33am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9.27am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 9.21am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+2.Spoonbills still)
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide (+2.Spoonbills)
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 8.29am Breydon Water at east end from hide on flowing tide
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male Breydon Water at east end from hide at 7.37am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme still

Holme BIrd Observatory Thursday 16th May 2019

An early morning visit to Redwell Marsh produced a rather smart Summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper along side an equally smart Wood Sandpiper ! A Common Sandpiper was on the Broadwater and at Walsey Hills four Spoonbills flew over east mid morning.

Curlew Sandpiper- Redwell Marsh, Ray Roche

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Norfolk Temminck's Stint still mid a'noon Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 1.15pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Little Stint still)
Norfolk Osprey Earsham GP at 1pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Kelling Water Meadow this morning
Norfolk 4.Temminck's Stints still midday Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Little Stint)
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still 9.45am on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 8.22am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Dotterel (4.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in ploughed field west of Chalkpit Lane at 8.53am TF.763.414
Norfolk 1+Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 8.09am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. pale-bellied Brent Goose Thornham Channel
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. pale-bellied Brent Goose Thornham Channel
Norfolk 6.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (Little Stint Arnold's Marsh)
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on tidal pool at 7.37am. 1s.Little Gull still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 7.28am (+4.Spoonbills)

Holme Bird Observatory Wednessday 15th May 2019

Another bright sunny day, which again brought out healthy numbers of Butterflies, with eleven species recorded along with the first Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly of the year. Bird highlights were a Spoonbill on Lavender Marsh early morning and at least two Hobby over the Grazing Marsh.

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Norfolk 6.Dotterel (4.fems) still 3.01pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 1.21pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves East Dereham at Harpers Green at Harpers Green Farm mid morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park viewed from dunes +4.Common Cranes flew over
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 10.50am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 10.40am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane +Montagu's Harrier flew over TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 10.05am: 3.on Simmonds' Scrape, 2.on Whitwell Scrape (+ad.Spoonbill still +Great White Egret)
Norfolk Lno sign of male.Little Bittern 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common by 9am. Use c'pk east of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Weybourne Camp north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill by 8.45am. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Wood Sand ad.Spoonbill)
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on tidal pool. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 14th May 2019

A rather quiet day bird news wise, with a Short-eared Owl over the Lavender Marsh early morning the best bird of the day. Insect numbers have clearly increased with the warmer weather resulting in Green Hairstreak butterflies easily seen around the reserve.

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Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.55pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing Bradwell at Caldecott Golf Course this morning (no general access)
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 1.43pm 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 12.36pm 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 12.08pm Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Osprey between Ranworth Broad +Cockshoot Broad
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still on scrape west of track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton +Spoonbill
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 11.15am 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 10.51am north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill tho elusive. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 10.50am Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR by trees viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds TL.868.809
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 8.45am Cley NWT at NW end of Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common at 9.20am. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds TL.868.809
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 8.41am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 8.13am Cley NWT at NW end of Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 5.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Langham at 7.50am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver ad Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT on Lavender Marsh at 7.41am
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 7.37am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley drying barns in evng
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT in evng
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on tidal pool. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Snettisham RSPB late a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth at North Beach
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at east end from hide
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill at 6.45am. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 13th May 2019

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Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 9pm Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR in tree viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE c350yds
Norfolk Garganey drk CLey NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 14.Dotterel still this evng 1.4mls south of Titchwell SE of Choeseley Drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane
Norfolk 2+Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Burnham Overy Dunes this morning
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still mid a'noon north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds. Park carefully
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT till 9am then flew west. Pale-bellied Brent Goose Blackney Harbour on saltings
Norfolk 2.RIng Ouzels Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Wryneck still Weybourne Camp 1.54pm showing well
Norfolk no sigh of Great Reed Wblr Titchwell RSPB by mid a'noon (but 1sLittle Gull at Reedbed Pool)
Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse Heath
Norfolk HOopoe still 1.25pm Holme Dunes by pond 50yds north of entrance track
Norfolk Osprey BUrnham Overy Dunes flew west over Gun hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Hoopoe again 1.05pm Holme DUnes flew over entrance track
Norflk Serin flew over Kelling Hard
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton south of plantation
Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow
Norflk 2.Great White Egrets reported y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day flew east over Stiffkey
Norfolk 4.Turtle Doves y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still north of A149 viewed from Muckleburgh Hill. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk no sign of male.Little Bittern Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR on lake viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'ok on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 12th May 2019

A beautiful day with some good birds and butterflies, highlights included a Spoonbill on the Broadwater, an Osprey both on Thornham beach and then at Gore Point eating a large fish, at least " Cuckoos at the Observatory including a hepatic bird, a Barn Owl was seen in the morning, 150+ Swallows were passing steadily west during the day, and 3 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 2+ Grasshopper Warblers (1 ringed), 12 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, a Redstart, 2 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail were all of note.

The Tamarisk bushes were teaming with Green Hairstreaks and Comma, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Copper, Holly Blue and Orange Tip were all noted. A Hairy Hawker dragonfly was near the sycamore and in the moth traps a Chocolate Tip was of interest.

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Norfolk 4+Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 27+Dotterel still mid a'noon 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in paddock by pumphouse track
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER still 1.20pm Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Pool in bush left of viewing screen
Norfolk 16.Dotterel still early a'noon 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER again this a'noon Titchwell RSPB flew from Fen Hide towards Patsy's Pool
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still 12.20pm north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill by pillbox tho distant. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still at far end of car park. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still c200yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp still late morning by radar station from footpath just beyond gun emplacement
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing again late morning Titchwell RSPB near viewing screen at start of East Trail tho elusive
Norfolk no further sign of Great Reed Warbler Titchwell RSPB near Fen Hide by 10.20am
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp still by radar station from footpath just beyond gun emplacement at 9.45am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still mid morning north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill by pillbox. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk BLACK KITE Burnham Deepdale flew north over campsite at 9.10am
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still mid morning Titchwell RSPB in ditch near Fen Hide tho elusive
Norfolk Garganey drk Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape +Spoonbill Great White Egret. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water mid morning
Norfolk Black Tern Burnham Deepdale east of The Drove
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end at 8.35am
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing Titchwell RSPB near viewing screen at start of East Trail
Norfolk 27.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Osprey Thornham on post on beach viewable from harbour car park
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at east end at 7.35am then flew west
Norfolk Wood Wblr Cockley Cley
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill by pillbox at 7.25am. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk BLACK KITE y'day Cockley Cley NW of layby c11.10-11.17am then flew south
Norfolk 21.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 6.15am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 11th May 2019

Highlights today included a female Firecrest trapped and ringed 7am, 9 Barnacle Geese west, a Spoonbill high west over the grazing marsh, 6 Little Terns, 6 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern offshore, 2 Turtle Doves in the village, 3 Cuckoos around the recording area, 200+ Swallows passing through during the day, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler (ringed), 2+ Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, 2 Ring Ouzels in the dunes, a Redstart near the NWT pay hut, 5 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail over calling.

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Norfolk BLACK KITE flew west over Morston Quay at 2.45pm
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still mid a'noon north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill flew over pillbox. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.10pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewed from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon c100yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp still c1.15pm on fence near radar station
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.05pm c100yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still c11am north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill near pillbox. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still late morning c100yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp near radar station late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets flew west past Weybourne Camp +Spoonbill flew east
Norfolk Spoonbill flew NNW over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 10.45am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 10.30am Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk 17.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 10.20am TF.763.414
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still mid morning in flight just east of Beach Lane
Norfolk Wryneck still 10am Burnham Overy Dunes just west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk 16.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane mid morning TF.763.414
Norfolk probable Montagu's Harrier Burnham Overy Staithe briefly
Norfolk Spoonbill flew SE over West Runton at 7.20am
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT still from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 10+Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane mid morning TF.763.414
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes along fence between boardwalk +Holkham Pines
Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose again. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Pied Fly male Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (2.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Burnham Overy Dunes at start of boardwalk
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill in brambles by pillbox at 6.50am. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate + turn right for c300yds

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 10th May 2019

Largely cloudy with light patchy rain, further passage of House Martins, Swallows and Swifts was noted with 250+ House Martins, 200 Swallows and 45+ Swifts also passing over the marshes. Two Spoonbills were of note, 4 Common Terns passed offshore, 4 Wheatears were on the grazing marsh and Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Hobby, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 2+ Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, single Redstart, Stonechat, and Yellow Wagtail were all seen during the day.

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Norfolk 5+Black Terns Barton Broad late a'noon tho distant
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 3.09pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 12.45pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still c1.50pm north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill behind middle pillbox briefly. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate + turn right for c300yds
Norfolk 5.Black Terns Barton Broad mid a'noon tho distant
Norfolk Black Tern Norwich still 1.30pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 12.51pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse from Meadow Lane this morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow still this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section
Norfolk Black Tern Norwich still 11.50am at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide this a'noon +Spoonbill tho mobile
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Dotterel still 10.15am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 10.30am on edge of copse by pillbox. Park at Weynor Gardens +follow footpath opposite entrance
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 9.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton Holmes viewed from dunes
Norfolk Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk White Stork flew south over Martham Broad
Norfolk White Stork Horsey Corner circling at 9.36am
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse south of Gramborough Hill in field
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Grey Plover Great White Egret. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Horsey Gap
Norfolk Black Tern flew NW over Sidestrand at c8.30am
Norfolk no sign of male.Bluethroat Cley NWT by East Bank 100yds south of Richardson's Shelter 5.30-8.30am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still by pillbox at 7.52am
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 6.48am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Burnham Overy Staithe PE31 8JF
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track c300yds NE of car park at 6.38am
Norfolk Black Tern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at 7.03am

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 9th May 2019

A somewhat of an improvement weather wise today, which resulted in a few more birds appearing. Three Ring Ouzels frequented the dunes/Gore point area and two Crossbills were seen during the afternoon around the NWT car park. Two Whinchat were along Thornham Bank and at least four Wheatears were noted. Peregrine and Red Kite were seen early morning and on Redwell the Wood Sandpiper remained up until mid morning, after which it seemingly wasn't seen again. Two Grasshopper Warblers were also heard reeling during the day.

One of today's Ring Ouzels.

Crossbills drinking in the NWT Car park

Grasshopper Warbler early  this morning

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Norfolk Stone Curlew Kelling still late a'noon SW of Kelling Water Meadow in ploughed field opposite gate
Norfolk BLACK KITE reported still mid morning 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley drying barns over field
Norfolk Wood Sand Salthouse west of Iron Road on Swan Pool mid a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing 1/2ml west of Weybourne still c3.05pm just north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill on track c100yds from gate opposite Weynor Gardens
Norfolk Osprey Morston flew west over marsh at 12.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Stone Curlew Kelling still 2.16pm SW of Kelling Water Meadow in ploughed field
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT flew NE over Bishop's Marsh at c1.20pm +Wood Warbler singing early morning
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB again
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 12.32pm TF.763.414
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham Coastal Park flew south over concrete defences at c1.05pm
Norfolk Wood Wblr Winterton still this a'noon in South Dunes in sycamore just north of public steps +showing well
Norfolk no news on 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Weybourne Camp since 8.13am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track c300yds NE of car park at 11.56am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes at 12.20pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water this morning +17.Black Terns flew east
Norfolk Stone Curlew Kelling SW of Kelling Water Meadow in ploughed field at c11.45am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham again at Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.32am (+Grey Plover White-fronted Goose). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB flew north over Ken Hill Marsh then 1.flew back south
Norfolk Osprey flew west past Mundesley at 10.55am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9.29am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Stone Curlew Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Wood Wblr Winterton Dunes in South Valley
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still 8.36am Horsey at Horsey Gap over dunes
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing 1/2ml west of Weybourne still just north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill at SE end by gate opposite Weynor Gardens at 8.41am
Norfolk Stone Curlew Weybourne Camp
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still in brambles by pillbox at 8.13am
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Horsey flew south over Horsey Gap at 8.07am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid morning. Quail reported flew from near Babcock Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell at tank road feeding station at 7.50am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew west over Titchwell RSPB. 2.Black Terns Reedbed Pool
Norfolk BLACK KITE 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley drying barns flew west over concrete pad at 6.14am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 8th May 2019

A rather miserable day though a few nice birds were noted, the best being an Osprey south east over the Grazing Marsh. Two Spoonbills, nine Black-tailed Godwit, two Ruff, two Common Sandpipers and a rather smart hepatic Cuckoo made up the supporting cast. The Wood Sandpiper was still on Redwell Marsh early morning, along with a Green Sandpiper.

Wood Sandpiper, Redwell Marsh
 
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Norfolk 17.Black Terns Barton Broad at 3.30pm tho distant
Norfolk 12+Black Terns Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 3.15pm +Arctic Tern
Norfolk Osprey Holme Dunes flew SE over gazing marsh at 3.25pm
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Colney GPs still this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT flew west over Eye Field at 2.05pm
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 11am +2.Wood Sands. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Burnham Overy mid morning
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Titchwell RSPB at Reedbed Pool this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Titchwell RSPB at Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 11.09am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 4+Black Terns Colney GPs at 11am
Norfolk 16+Black Terns Barton Broad mid morning
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp by scrap pile still 8.15am
Norfolk 4.Dotterel still 8.59am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Dotterel still 7.53am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day flew west over Cley NWT
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track in cattle field from sea wall at 7.27am TF.855.445
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (2.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane at 7am TF.763.414

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 7th May 2019

A good day for visual migration, highlights included 2 Common Cranes over west at 12.43pm, and on the sea 9 Eiders, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and a Little Tern were seen. A Spoonbill was of note and 2 Red Kites and 15 Buzzards were seen high over the marsh, a Water Rail near the Broadwater and 30 Golden Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, a Peregrine hunting over Thornham marsh, 3 Turtle Doves and 3 Cuckoos were around the recording area, 2 Firecrests were still present, and a major passage of Swifts and hirundines was recorded with 45+ Swifts, 9 Sand Martins, 400+ Swallows, and 50+ House Martins. Five Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 11 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 18 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a Fieldfare, 2 Stonechats, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, and 3 Yellow Wagtails were also of interest.

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Small Heath and Holly Blue

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Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow at 2.55pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Blakeney Freshmarsh flew west near Carnser at 10.10am
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Burnham Norton Marsh at 2.30pm
Norfolk Hooded Crow Happisburgh
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Blakeney Point at 1.45pm
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s flew east over Kelling Water Meadow towards Weybourne Camp at 1.43pm
Norfolk no further sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Salthouse at Meadow Lane by 1.57pm. Don't drive along Meadow Lane +don't enter fields
Norfolk 8+Black Terns Hickling Broad NWT from Hill Common at 12.40pm
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on north side at 11.50am +Curlew Sand. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew over Holme Dunes at 12.43pm
Norfolk Serin Waxham at 10.20am then flew south
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse again at Gramborough Hill at 12.41pm then flew just south of Meadow Lane. View from Meadow Lane
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 12.35pm
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 12.21pm +Spotted Redshank Great White Egret. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Burnham Norton at 12.10pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT at north end of North Scrape late morning
Norfolk 2.Black Terns till 10.10am Colney GPs from Bishy Barnebee Way roundabout then flew off
Norfolk no news on Great reed Warbler near Fakenham at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Directions from visitor centre. Reserve open 10am-5pm. Entry £11.95 NR21 0LN
Norfolk Osprey flew north over Horsey Corner at 10.56am
Norfolk Osprey flew north between Winterton North Dunes +Horsey at 10.40am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew north over Horsey at 10am
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 9.55am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey flew over Horsey Gap at 9.48am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewed from sea wall at 9.15am TF.855.445
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 8.58am
Norfolk Osprey flew over Titchwell RSPB at 8.45am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Colney GPs from Bishy Barnebee Way roundabout
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew west
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Blakeney Point at 5.40am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 6th May 2019

A male Firecrest was trapped and ringed and remained on the reserve for the rest of the day. On the sea 3 Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Fulmars, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Little Terns, 11 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were recorded. An adult Arctic Tern flew west over the grazing marsh and a Golden Plover in breeding plumage was also of interest. Two Cuckoos, 4 Swifts, 35 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Stonechats, and 7 Yellow Wagtails were also counted during the day.


Firecrest trapped and ringed, photo by Theo Declermont

In the sunshine many butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Wall Brown and Small Heath, while in the moth traps a Chocolate Tip and 3 Pine Beauties were of note.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 5th May 2019

Seawatching this morning produced 10 Common Scoters, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Fulmars, a Gannet, 32 Sandwich Terns, 33 Comic Terns, and 4 Arctic Terns. With winds decreasing there was more bird activity around the reserves with a Spoonbill, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Cuckoos, 2 Barn Owls, 4 Swifts, a Firecrest heard, 20 Swallows, a House Martin, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, single Yellow and Pied Wagtails flying over, and a pair of Bullfinches in the village.

A Green-veined White and Orange Tip were also noted.

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Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 2.35pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill tho distant cTG.102.436
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.30pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewed from sea wall +showing well TF.855.445
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 2.15pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill cTG.102.436
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.10pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fem) 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane mid a'noon TF.765.415
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 1.53pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill
Norfolk 4.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane early a'noon TF.765.415
Norfolk no sign of male.Wood Warbler Sheringham at Sheringham Park 9.50-11.30am
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp again in flight from coast path near pines at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still 11.15am on tidal pool
Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB +2.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier male Burnham Overy mid morning
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 9.45am Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe east of sea wall c400yds NE of car park cTF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley NWT flew west past beach car park (+2.Black Terns)
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Morston on saltmarsh in evng

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 4th May 2019

Attention was on the sea today with strong NNW winds displacing a few seabirds. Highlights included 14 Common Scoters, a drake Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 17 Fulmars, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Gannets, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Skuas, 40 Sandwich Terns, 38 Comic Terns, 4 Arctic Terns, and 4 Kittiwakes. A male Ruff was on the grazing marsh and a Cuckoo was calling, with 4 Swallows, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, and Lesser Whitethroat singing on the reserve.

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Norfolk Wood Warbler male singing still mid a'noon Sheringham at Sheringham Park by Red Route in beeches near Bower
Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Brancaster Staithe mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north over Blakeney Point at c1pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB +Spoonbill
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Wood Warbler male singing still 11.35am Sheringham at Sheringham Park by Red Route in beeches near Bower
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Colney GPs late morning
Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Cley NWT
Norfolk still no sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Salthouse at Gramborough Hill. Do not stand on Gramborough Hill, view only from Meadow Lane
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Warbler male singing Sheringham at Sheringham Park in beeches near Bower at 10.15am
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Salthouse at Gramborough Hill. Do not stand on Gramborough Hill, view only from Meadow Lane

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 3rd May 2019

A dull day with fairly persistent rain and low cloud meant limited highlights. Two Yellow Wagtails overhead were the best of it whilst migrants around the reserve included 8 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Common Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs.

A Mediterranean Gull was calling along the Broadwater and 2 Cuckoos were heard throughout the morning.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse flew west over Iron Road
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse flew over Gramborough Hill at 2.05pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse still 12.37pm at Gramborough Hill then flew towards Meadow Lane +lost to view. View from a sensible distance
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe east of sea wall in field by 1st bend 200yds NE of car park at 11.35am +showing well TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still at Castle Mall at garden terrace at 11am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail on Wednesday Burnham Overy Staithe with cattle by path from layby in a'noon
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse again at Gramborough Hill at 10.30am then flew towards Meadow Lane +lost to view
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 10am flew towards Kelling Water Meadow +appeared to land
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Snettisham Coastal Park (but Great White Egret from inner sea bank)
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves (both males singing) New Buckenham Common NWT at 9.22am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp at 8am-8.30am then flew east to woodland in village

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 1st May 2019

Highlights today included a Great White Egret on the grazing marsh south of the Obs which flew west towards the end of Broadwater, and on the sea 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannets, 8 Little Terns, and 11 Sandwich Terns were seen. A Turtle Dove was in the area of the paddocks and a Sand Martin, 9 Swallows, 8 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Stonechats and 2 Wheatears were all recorded during the day.

Butterflies included Brimstone, Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, Green Hairstreak and Small Heath.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still mid a'noon
Norfolk Common Crane Buckenham Marshes RSPB in flight c2.40pm-3.10pm on +off then flew high east
Norfolk Hoopoe still 1.45pm Snettisham Coastal Park 1/2ml north of car park tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still in cut reeds from Tower Hide this morning
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1.52pm Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall 200yds NE of car park +west of track north of A149 (+Great White Egret) TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Cley NWT at 1.11pm
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 12.41pm TF.932.431
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at midday
Norfolk Whinchat male 1/2ml NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill in field
Norfolk still no further sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo 1/3ml north of Kelling west of Kelling Water Meadow by 11.48am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk no further sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo 1/3ml north of Kelling in pine west of Kelling Water Meadow by 10am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk Hoopoe still 10.42am Snettisham Coastal Park north of car park flew north towards sea defences
Norfolk Hoopoe Snettisham Coastal Park north of car park flew south over shingle ridge at 10.25am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall 200yds NE of car park at 9.15am +showing well TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT again +Spoonbill
Norfolk repeat: GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s 1/3ml north of Kelling in pine west of Kelling Water Meadow briefly 8.20am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s 1/3ml north of Kelling in pine west of Kelling Water Meadow briefly 8.20am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes on grazing marsh at 7.21am then flew to Broadwater
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day flew east over Cley NWT at 3.55pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB in car park

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 30th April 2019

Further migration was noted today with a Swift heard passing over the Observatory, 19 Carrion Crows heading east, a Firecrest heard briefly near the Richardson Hide, 2 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 10 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 18 Sedge Warblers, a Redstart on the NWT reserve, 1 Yellow Wagtail over calling, and 2 Tree Pipits of note. Also of interest today were a Spotted Redshank in Thornham Harbour, 2 Common Terns east over Broadwater, 5 Med Gulls on the grazing marsh, and 2 Cuckoos around the recording area.

Both Swallow and Lesser Swallow Prominent were in the moth traps and a great range of butterflies were on the wing with Comma, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Wall Brown, and Speckled Wood all seen during the day.

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Norfolk Common Crane flew SE over Northrepps Airfield at 4.10pm
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 3.50pm in cut reeds from Tower Hide
Norfolk Common Crane Sheringham flew east over south end of Beeston Common at 3.48pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey just east of Wells still 3.24pm on scrape from track north off A149 +Wood Sand TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane Cley NWT flew east over Billy's Wash and Simmonds' Scrape at 2.56pm
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.04pm Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall 200yds NE of car park TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 1.31pm east of track
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh this morning +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1.39pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby in 2nd field west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Horsey by Nelson Head Track at 10.10am
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle SW of Great Yarmouth flew south over Gapton Marshes at 1.15pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park +Whinchat
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.23pm. Velvet Scoter on sea
Norfolk Osprey flew north over Pentney GPs at 11.48am
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool west of track
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad WNW of Little Walsingham flew east over Egmere at 10.45am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT over Eye Field at 9.13am then flew west
Norfolk repeat: GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of north end of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill at 8.58am then flew south to Meadow Lane
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 8.58am then flew to Meadow Lane
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Strumpshaw Fen RSPB on Lackford Run Pool
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Claxton Marshes still
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Garganey just east of Wells still on scrape from track north off A149 at 7.25am TF.932.431
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby +east of track at 7.50am TF.855.445
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 29th April 2019

A Grasshopper Warbler was trapped and ringed and offshore 2 Common Scoters, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Tern, 4 Common Terns and 6 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A passage of 14 Swallows, 2 House Martins and a Sand Martin were noted and 3 Golden Plover, a Ruff and 4 Whimbrel were on the grazing marsh. Also of interest were 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 10 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 20 Sedge and 4 Reed Warblers, with 4 Wheatears also on the grazing marsh and a Yellow Wagtail over calling. Two Siskins were also of interest.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard drifted east over Martham at 3.35pm
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml east of Potter Heigham north of Potter Heigham Marshes on pool between 2nd bench +tin hut this a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Waxham flew high west over Poplar Farm at 3.02pm
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance +Garganey TF.932.431
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 11am +2.Great White Egrets 6.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park on grass near toilets at 10.30am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 11.56am east of Burnham Overy +north of A149 layby just east of track tho mobile TF.850.446
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 10.32am TF.932.431
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 9am east of Burnham Overy +north of A149 layby just east of track +showing well (+2.Cattle Egrets 2.Spoonbills Great White Egret) TF.850.446
Norfolk Spoonbill 1s Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.16am
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Hunstanton on beach between groynes at 3.35pm
Norfolk 3.Whooper Swans flew east over Weybourne at 8.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still east of Burnham Overy +north of A149 layby just east of track +showing well

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 28th April 2019

Showers gave way to an improving picture today with highlights including a Common Sandpiper, 2 Med Gulls, one Cuckoo, a Peregrine east, 1+ (probably two) Firecrests singing in pines west of Observatory, 5 Swallows over, and 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroats, 14 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, and 15+ Yellow Wagtails recorded.

Butterflies included Wall Brown and Red Admiral, and another Dotted Chestnut was in the moth trap

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Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml east of Potter Heigham north of Potter Heigham Marshes on pool by Weavers' Way just south of wood at 3.55pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) between Blackborough End +Wormegay at Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Waxham Sands Holiday Park early a'noon
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel North Creake
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still this a'noon Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track cTF.850.446
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north over Heacham
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham RSPB along sea wall
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Grimston Warren
Norfolk c20.Arctic Terns Filby Broad at west end
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Little Broad
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT +Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end viewed from A149 just west of double bend at 10.35am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton still 10.10am in birches below highest dune then flew west
Norfolk Arctic Tern flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Arctic Tern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew west along River Yare at 7.30am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 8.15am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Winterton +2+Spoonbills
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewable from sea wall near wooden bench cTF.850.446
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley flew past beach car park

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 27th April 2019

A rough day with rain during the morning, the only highlight was a Frosted Green and a Pale Pinion in the moth traps.


A Pale Pinion enjoys a drink at the Obs bar...

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Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Caister at 7.43am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1.10pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes tho mobile (+Spoonbill still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Langham on driveway briefly c4pm then flew SE +no further sign
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewable from sea wall by wooden bench at 12.28pm cTF.850.446
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Weybourne Camp early morning
Norfolk Little Gull ad Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape briefly +2.Great White Egrets still +c5.Common Cranes
Norfolk Bluethroat recently Sheringham in Dead Man's Wood
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes +Woodlark
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite metal gates. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Eccles at 8.26am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Winterton flew south over Low Road at 8.53am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Trimingham flew east towards Mundesley
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Overstrand again 7.48am flew south towards Cromer Ridge then lost to view
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew east over Overstrand at c7.40am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day just east of Wells still from track
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Sheringham still over The Burlington at c5.26am then lost to view +no further sign by 6am (+Hen Harrier flew east at 6am)

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 26th April 2019

Highlights included 5 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh, 18 Eiders, 6 Fulmars, 1 Gannet, 1 Little Tern and 10 Sandwich Terns offshore, 17 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank, 2 Swallows, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Fieldfares, 1 Redstart, 4 Wheatears, and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 25th April 2019

Approaching rain produced a few interesting migrants with a Great White Egret flying over east and then west during the morning and 4 Whimbrel, 18 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper near the Broadwater, a Cuckoo, a Peregrine flying through east, a Woodlark flew over the car parks and 2 Fieldfares, 3 Song Thrushes, a Redwing and 2 Wheatears were also of interest.

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Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still this a'noon Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk CITRINE WAGTAIL fem on Tuesday Sheringham in fields near Dead Man's Wood in a'noon then flew west
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still mid a'noon 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on pool viewed from beyond 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon on grazing meadow
Norfolk Pied Fly male 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills this a'noon cTF.925.458
Norfolk 3.Blue-headed Wagtails (2.males) West Runton in cattle field by beach car park early a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill 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 Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hide
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on pool viewed from beyond 2nd bench late morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels west of Sheringham
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.55am
Norfolk Little Stint still 9.52am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide. Spotted Redshank on Whitwell Scrape
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Garganey flew south past Winterton
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB still on grazing meadow
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby in reeds east of track viewed from bend at 7.28am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr male singing Northrepps
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew over Reception

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 24th April 2019

Highlights today were a Spoonbill, 7 Whimbrel, 10 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Cuckoos, 1 Merlin, 4 Swallows, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Siskins.


A Willow Warbler ringed at the Obs today, photographed by Theo de Clermont

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood, and in the moth traps a Streamer, 2 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Pine Beauties, 4 Powdered Quakers and a Red Chestnut

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 23rd April 2019

A quieter day with a cool breeze, sightings included 6 Whimbrel, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, a single Sandwich Tern, 10 Med Gulls on the grazing marsh, 2 Cuckoos, a Barn Owl, 5 Swallows, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 15+ Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers (1 on NWT and one on Thornham sea wall), 4 Sedge Warblers, 3 Ring Ouzels, 2 Redstarts and a Whinchat on the NWT reserve, and at least 10 Wheatears.

Presumed 'Northern' Willow Warbler P.t.acredula with a nominate bird in the background - Holme Bird Obs, April 2019

In the moth traps 2 Small Elephant Hawks and a Frosted Green were the highlights.


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Norfolk Little Gull ad Stiffkey Fen still 3.52pm
Norfolk Woodchat Shrike Winterton north of Beach Road +north of concrete blocks in field south of planatation at 3.54pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning +2.Common Cranes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Wood Sand Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cut reeds from Tower Hide at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey east of Wells from 1st track +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Garganey drk Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 11.30am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Scaup fem Filby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marshes at midday
Norfolk Whinchat male Muckleburgh Hill near gun emplacements at 11.55am
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes this morning +Hen Harrier
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Horsey in field south of Nelson Head track at 8.40am
Norfolk Little Gull ad Stiffkey Fen still 11.25am
Norfolk Hoopoe Blakeney Point at 10.55am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT on rush Hill Scrape mid morning +Common Crane
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Welney WWT from Lyle Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 9.45am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from boardwalk
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Heacham on golf course viewed from footpath on bank towards Hunstanton at 8.43am. Black Redstart at chalets +fem.Redstart Whinchat
Norfolk 1+Spoonbill y'day Stiffkey on saltmarsh
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Burnham Overy
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day east of Morston in horse paddock
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Regis still on sports field north of A149
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Muckleburgh Hill at 8.04am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Titchwell RSPB on grazing meadow
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench (+drk.Garganey). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Hooded Crow Burnham Overy Dunes flew east past Gun Hill at 5.45am