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.

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

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 22nd April 2019

Another good day of spring migration, with 13 Golden Plover in breeding plumage on the grazing marsh near Thornham, and 2 Whimbrel over calling, 3 Green Sandpipers were on the NWT reserve and 4 Sandwich Terns passed offshore, with 2 Red-breasted Mergansers also noted. At least 2 Cuckoos were in the area and a Barn Owl was in the dunes, while 3 Swallows, 12 Chiffchaffs, 16 Willow Warblers, 25 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 4+ Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Fieldfares, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 Stonechats, 2 Redstarts, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Bramblings, 2 Redpolls and a Crossbill were all of note. On the NWT reserve at least 2 Ring Ouzels were still present and a Whinchat was also seen. Ringing at the Observatory today included a superb Tree Pipit.

Four further Emperor Moths hatched.

Tree Pipit ringed at the Observatory this morning,
with Green Hairstreak and Linnet photos by Pete Bangs




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Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cley NWT still this a'noon east of East Bank at south end of The Serpentine
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes mid a'noon. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls (3.ads +1s) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception at 2pm
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (2.ads +1s) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception at 2pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham South Beach still
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still c1.30pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from gate just beyond 2nd bench (+Garganey still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Pied Fly male Sheringham at Pretty Corner in oaks south of car park at 11.45am
Norfolk 4.Black Terns Welney WWT at Lady Fen +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 22+Little Gulls Strumpshaw Fen RSPB briefly mid morning
Norfolk Wood Sand east of Wells from 1st track +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk still no sign of 1s.Purple Heron Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall by late morning (but 2.Great White Egrets). From car park walk east then north
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Hickling Broad NWT still +3+Common Cranes still
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cley NWT east of East Bank at south end of The Serpentine at 11.43am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 11am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench then lost to view. 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 10.50am +14.Little Gulls
Norfolk Pied Fly Kelling Quays in copse. Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow then flew off
Norfolk Black Redstart West Runton in cattle fields at 9am +Ring Ouzel 2.Whinchats
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Regis in sports field north of A149 at 10.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Holme at golf course car park at c10.10am
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still near boardwalk at 10.02am
Norfolk Little Gull ad Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT from Avocet Hide at 6.50am then flew towards Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street. Turn right at T.junction +view field by horse field TG.077.432 NR25 7XL
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes flew south over east end at 9.27am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Warham Greens +4.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench at 9am tho elusive. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Purple Heron Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall by 8.55am. From car park walk east then north
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in fenced area east of Holkham Gap at 8.42am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton North Dunes still in plantation
Norfolk 27.Ring Ouzels flew west over Salthouse Heath at c8.25am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holkham Gap +Spoonbill flew high over
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Kelling Water Meadow

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 21st April 2019

Another good day, with temperatures reaching 23 degrees C. Highlights included Green Sandpiper and Greenshank on the marsh, a Short-eared Owl in the dunes, on the NWT 3 Ring Ouzels were still of note and 2 Firecrests were in the area of the NWT first hide, with at least 2 Cuckoos, 10 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 15 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 7 Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler singing at the east end of the NOA reserve, 2 Stonechats on the east bank, 3 Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails a Tree Pipit, a single Siskin and 3 Crossbills over calling.

A further 6 Emperor Moths hatched during the day and butterflies included Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, and Comma.

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Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 3.30pm Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall. From car park walk east then north
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 3.30pm. Turn right at T.junction +view field by horse field TG.077.432 NR25 7XL
Norfolk reported Black Redstart Morston in horse paddock opposite church was a Redstart
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Morston in horse paddock opposite church mid a'noon
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 1.42pm. Turn right at T.junction +view field by horse field TG.077.432 NR25 7XL
Norfolk Firecrest Holme Dunes NWT near 1st hide at midday
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) east of Wells still mid a'noon from 1st track
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1.17pm Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall tho distant. From car park walk east then north
Norfolk Spotted Fly Titchwell RSPB at picnic area at 1.02pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret Common Crane. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still in horse paddock opposite church +Black Redstart
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still +2.Redstarts
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 11.30am. Turn right at T.junction +view horse field
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 12.05pm Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall
Norfolk no sign of Ring Ouzel Morston in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 11.35am Burnham Norton by reeds viewable from eastern track
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Little Broad late morning then flew NW
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 11.15am. Turn right at T.junction +view horse field
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 10.55am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track at 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s Burnham Norton viewable from eastern track at 11.05am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) near Wells at North Point
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still near boardwalk at 10.43am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.37am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Snettisham RSPB still 10.25am in field south of approach road to car park
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 10.27am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench by main track +showing well. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail x Yellow Wagtil male Snettisham Coastal Park with cattle at north end
Norfolk 4+Ring Ouzels Salthouse in fields at top of Cross Street at 8am
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew past West Runton at 9am +Ring Ouzel Whinchat
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Titchwell RSPB on grazing marsh at 9.28am +Whinchat
Norfolk Garganey drk Breydon Water at west end +Spotted Redshank 3+Short-eared Owls
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park at 9am
Norfolk Whinchat Titchwell RSPB by east path by Patsy's Pool at 7.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart male on Friday Holme on golf course
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham RSPB in field by car park entrance
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench by main track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 20th April 2019

A beautiful day with a few migrants still moving, highlights were 2 Eider and 2 Common Scoter offshore together with 4 Sandwich Terns passing, a Red Kite, 14 Whimbrel flew over calling, a Black-tailed Godwit and 12 Ruff were on the grazing marsh, Barn and Short-eared Owl were seen during the day, 5 Sand Martins and 12 Swallows flew through and 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler singing, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Grasshopper Warblers, 8 Sedge Warblers, 4 Ring Ouzels on the NWT, 2 Stonechats, 6 + Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail, one Tree Pipit, a Brambling and 2 Redpolls all recorded.



Male Emperor Moth hatched during the day and a Water Carpet was the highlight in the moth traps


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Norfolk Goshawk ad.male Sculthorpe Moor NR again 4.21pm viewable from scrape
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels y'day Hemsby +Long-eared Owl
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 5.10pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in field north of main track near tin hut from Weaver's Way. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 11+Arctic Terns still early evng Filby Broad +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Whinchat male Burnham Overy Dunes towards Gun Hill at 4.57pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 4pm in horse paddock opposite church. Great White Egret flew west at 3.50pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB on main scrape from hide at 3.50pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes +Great White Egret
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Hunstanton still on beach between groynes.13 +14 at 7.37am
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning +8.Common Cranes flew over. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.35pm 200yds west of pines
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 1.57pm in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk c30.Arctic Terns Filby Broad at west end
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1.27pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench by main track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 12.50pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from south bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2+Little Gulls Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham South Beach
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme Dunes still
Norfolk no sign of Slav Grebe Filby Broad but fem.Scaup
Norfolk Goshawk ad.male Sculthorpe Moor NR again 12.41pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Thursday Hemsby
Norfolk Little Gull Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Black Terns y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton at plantation late morning then flew north
Norfolk Great White Egret Belton Marshes
Norfolk Firecrest Burnham Overy Dunes in hawthorn at start of boardwalk at 10.45am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still late morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 10.55am in horse paddock near church
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Heacham
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still +Spoonbill. probable Siberian Chiffchaff just west of pines
Norfolk Redstart male Snettisham Coastal Park in cleared area at 8am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 10.25am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from south bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water +4.Little Gulls 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still in field opposite start of inner bank to Heacham
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT from coast path
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham at Beeston Bump on sports field
Norfolk 2.Redstarts Wells Wood: 1.in scrub west of Dell, male at north end of Dell
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on north side (+2.drk.Garganey 3.Common Cranes Great White Egret). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell in paddock by farm machinery
Norfolk Redstart Wells Wood in scrub west of Dell
Norfolk Spoonbill flew NE over Heacham

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 19th April 2019

Another busy day, with one of yesterdays Pied Flycatchers remaining, which was subsequently ringed. Two Black Redstarts and at least one Common Redstart were on and around the East Bank by the obs all day. At least seven Ring Ouzels were noted over the recording area along with eight Wheatears, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Whimbrel, Short-eared Owl, four Grasshopper Warblers, Cuckoo and single additional Black and Common Redstarts. Six Eider were on the sea and the moth trap produced a rather smart Streamer moth.
Today's Pied Flycatcher

Streamer  Moth
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Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew east over main path near Volunteer Marsh at 4pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes
Norfolk Quail reported Binham
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringam still mid a'noon at Beeston Bump +Redstart
Norfolk Serin flew south over Sutton at 2.45pm
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Choseley still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR still this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at North Wall mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes still mid a'noon in field east of NOA car park
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT still 1.18pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from gate near tin hut on farm track . Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at c11am +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels (3.males) Burnham Overy Dunes. 2.Black Redstarts (1.ad.male) at east end at 11.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump still around dell this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes by highest dune
Norfolk Iceland Gull Winterton North Dunes then flew north
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew high over Buckenham Marshes RSPB towards Cantley beet factory at 11.55am
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Breydon Water still at North Wall Marshes late morning
Norfolk Slav Grebe Filby Broad from boardwalk tho distant
Norfolk Black Redstart Beeston Bump in sheep field
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp +Hen Harrier Hooded Crow
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT still 10.46am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from near tin hut on farm track +showing well . Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide +1+Great White Egret still. 5.Ring Ouzels in dunes
Norfolk no further sign of Black-winged Stilt 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite old tin hut on Middle Wall by 9.50am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male near Belton at Caldecott Hall on golf course briefly 9.44am
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Pied Fly Snettisham Coastal Park +Ring Ouzel still
Norfolk Common Crane Heigham Holmes viewed from river bank at Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.16am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path +Firecest in bushes
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels y'day Salthouse Heath in horse paddocks just east of Cross Street in evng
Norfolk 7.Garganey (5.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Holme NOA by observatory +2.Black Redstart on grass slope
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Sculthorpe Moor NR in sheep paddock by visitor centre at 8.07am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard near Belton Marshes at 7.54am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme at Firs Road
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite old tin hut on Middle Wall at 6.30am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 18th April 2019

A productive day especially from a ringing perspective with both Ring Ouzel and Black Redstart ringed. Three Pied Flycatchers and two Black Redstarts spent the majority of the day on the reserve with two of the Pied Flycatchers regularly utilising the posts outside the Obs building. A drake Garganey was on Redwell Marsh seemingly later relocating to the NWT reserve. Other birds of note included at least six Ring Ouzels in total, Short-eared Owl, Common Redstart, Greenshank, Fieldfare and Brambling.

Butterflies put in an appearance too, with seven species recorded including Holly Blue and Green Hairstreak.
Male Pied Flycatcher

Female Ring Ouzel

Black Redstart
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel West Runton on cliff opposite Rocky Bottom at 1pm
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls (5.ads +1w) Norwich still late a'noon at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich flew east over Whitehall Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Heacham at South Beach
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys (2.males) Holme NOA mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW corner of north section mid a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Norwich south of UEA Broad flew north at 1.20pm
Norfolk 5.Arctic Terns Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad mid a'noon +6.Little Gulls
Norfolk 6+Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes at east end just west of Holkham Pines at 11.30am
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton still c1pm in South Dunes by public steps
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still late morning +Arctic Tern still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml ENE of Stiffkey along coast path 300yds west of Stiffkey Fen (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 12.Little Gulls Rockland Broad at 11.45am but no sign of Osprey
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide this morning
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Breydon Water North Wall Marshes at 11.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly male Holme NOA still 11.20am
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew over Gorleston late morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) Holme Dunes NWT in fields behind hides mid morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Waxham 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Breydon Water flew south over north end mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR at 9.45am
Norfolk Wryneck Blakeney Point east of lifeboat house by huts mid morning tho mobile (+4.Ring Ouzels)
Norfolk Pied Fly male Holme NOA
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on Westlegate at Aviva at 9.15am
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton again
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holme NOA still +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Black Tern still Barton Broad +Arctic Tern still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels north of Southrepps in fields
Norfolk 4+Arctic Terns Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Beeston Bump behind pit
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes in evng
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB flew east over reedbed
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney still in garden at 6.20am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 17th April 2019

In some ways a repeat of yesterday, with at least four Ring Ouzels present and the Black Redstart still  on the East Bank. A singing Firecrest was a nice find early afternoon and other birds of note today included two Short-eared Owls, four Wheatears, a flyover Yellow Wagtail (with a second in the NWT car park),  Tree Sparrow, Whimbrel, Grasshopper Warbler, Brambling and Fieldfare.

Black Redstart on the East Bank

Ring Ouzel feeding in the Sea Buckthorn.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk 23.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap near roped-off area this a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk reported probable White-winged Black Tern Barton Broad from end of boardwalk is a Black Tern
Norfolk probable White-winged Black Tern Barton Broad from end of boardwalk at 2.40pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton
Norfolk 8.Arctic Terns Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 4.Arctic Terns Filby Broad at 1.56pm
Norfolk Smew redhead still Ormesby Broad +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers 1.5mls north of Winterton +showing well
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Coxford Heath in field west of B1454 opposite Syderstone turning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still this a'noon at east end near pines
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Norwich at Colney at Norwich Research Park on fences by Genome Centre at 12.25pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still c200yds west of Stiffkey Fen along coastal path
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes on NE pool. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes at east end tho elusive +male.Redstart
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Holme Dunes NWT still in field behind hide at c10.50am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 10.29am from hide
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Burnham Overy Staithe on east side of track in dunes at 9.34am
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey still +Ring Ouzel Hen Harrier 2.Arctic Terns
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich at Ber Street
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Hingham at Moneyhill Lane/ Deopham Road junction at 7.50am
Norfolk 2.Common Scoters (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB then flew towards Cantley M[arshes RSPB
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels y'day Snettisham Coastal Park in field by turning to RSPB car park +3.Redstarts
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holme NOA still +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Titchwell RSPB at beach path/ Meadow Trail junction
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney still briefly 7.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w Northrepps in garden



Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 16th April 2019

 A better day for migrants with highlights including 7 Eiders, 20 Common Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 6 Sandwich Terns offshore, while other birds of note included 7 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, a Common Whitethroat, a male Grasshopper Warbler reeling on the NWT and a male Sedge Warbler also singing there, at least 4 Ring Ouzels in the recording area with 3 flying east along the east bank mid afternoon, and one in the NWT car park early morning, with a Redwing, 5 Song Thrushes, 1 Mistle Thrush, a female Black Redstart on the east bank at the Obs, 4 Stonechats, 3 Tree Pipits over calling, and a Brambling also of note.

Ringing today produced 22 new birds and 2 retraps. Highlights were 4 Blackcaps (the heaviest weighing 23.2g), 4 Robins, 5 Chiffchaffs and 4 Willow Warblers.

Moths were scarce with just 3 Powdered Quakers and a Hebrew Character in the traps.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male flew SE over Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) north of Bale in sheep paddock this morning
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still mid a'noon midway between Morston +Stiffkey Fen along coastal path
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (ad +1w) Colney GPs still 12.45pm viewable from Bishy Barnebee roundabout
Norfolk 4.Garganey (1+drk) recently Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2+Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Burnham Overy Dunes at west end
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml ENE of Stiffkey along coast path 200yds west of Stiffkey Fen late morning
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (ad +1w) Colney GPs viewable from Bishy Barnebee roundabout
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Holkham flew east over Lady Anne's Drive
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Pied Fly male Beeston Bump by level crossing at 8.15am +Ring Ouzel flew west
Norfolk Garganey drk Sparham Pools
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park at 9am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end at 9.35am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still from hide at 8am
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney in garden briefly 6.25am then flew off

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 15th April 2019

A little more south in the wind made a lot of difference today, with a Spoonbill heading east, 3 Red Kites drifting low over the grazing marsh, a Whimbrel flying over calling, single Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Ruff on the grazing marshes, 2 adult Med Gulls, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 12 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 4+ Ring Ouzels, 2 Fieldfares, a male Stonechat, 2 Tree Pipits over east, a Brambling and 4 Crossbills all of interest today.

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Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Burnham Norton at 11.45am
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hoopoe still early a'noon Winterton off Beach Road in flight from near toilet block NR29 4DD
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 11.30am from hide
Norfolk Garganey drk Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path late morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes opposite lighthouse at 11.05am NR29 4DD
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between West Somerton +Horsey still mid morning with Greylag Geese (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Cley NWT flew east along A149
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton at Low Road then flew off
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cley NWT on north side of Eye Field mid morning tho mobile
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Rockland Broad still from hide at 8.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart Beeston Bump in sheep field at 8.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Beeston Bump in sheep field
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Sidestrand +male.Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cley NWT from Avocet Hide briefly 7.40am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Framingham Earl in garden briefly 7.38am then flew east
Norfolk Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew east over Colney GPs at c7.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 14th April 2019

A cold and unfriendly day with occasional showers, highlights included a Green Sandpiper along the Broadwater, 2 Sandwich Terns passing offshore, at least 2 Ring Ouzels were in the NWT car park area and another was at the back of Holme village. A Brambling was at the Observatory and a Crossbill was in the pines briefly.

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Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male y'day Blakeney Point
Norfolk Black Redstart male Morston still 3.08pm in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between West Somerton +Horsey still c3.40pm
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney in garden at 8.15am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still Morston c450yds west of Morston Quay mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Horsey south of Horsey Mill +west of road at 3.17pm
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose ad Potter Heigham Marshes still +6.Garganey (4.drks) 2.Common Cranes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view from river bank NR29 5JE
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Breydon Water still 2.50pm in middle scrub behind hide
Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Black Redstart Breydon Water behind hide
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Mundesley on west side on cliff edge briefly 1.15pm then flew inland +no further sign
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road at South Dunes in line with house with new orange-tiled roof at 12.50pm +showing well NR29 4DD
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 12.05pm near hide
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Welney WWT +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 11.20am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide +2+Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Osprey Buckenham Marshes RSPB flew over near wildlife watchpoint at 10.48am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again flew towards Buckenham Marshes RSPB at c10.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Black Redstart male Morston in horse paddock opposite church at 10.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy flew west over marsh
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Wells flew over caravan site by Beach Road
Norfolk 2.Garganey Breydon Water still at North Wall near wind pump
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Little Broad at 6.14am
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Rockland Broad still 6.30am then 1.flew off

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 13th April 2019

A Red Kite drifted over and 2 adult Med Gulls were on the grazing marsh. A Short-eared Owl was on the NWT near the forestry, and 4 Swallows, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 male Ring Ouzels (one singing near the NWT centre), 2 Stonechats along the east bank, a Brambling in the pines and 2 Siskins over calling were the highlights today.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 3.43pm
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB circling as viewed from Reception Hide at 3.05pm
Norfolk Shorelark Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes at 3pm
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.10pm Morston 400yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Rockland Broad from hide at 1.52pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 1.50pm from hide
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham flew south over Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.50pm Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes tho mobile NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.40pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still Morston 400yds west of Morston Quay in hedge south of coast path at 12.30pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still early a'noon on far side from hide
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB still from viewpoint at midday
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes at 11.15am NR29 4DD
Norfolk probable Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR from approach road drifted south at 11.25am NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Great Grey Shrike Morston west of Morston Quay (but Black Redstart still in horse paddock near church)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB off Thornham Point mid morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path at 9.50am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 9.20am at west end
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad till c8.25am then flew towards Strumpshaw
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 8.10am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Breydon Water North Wall near windpump

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 12th April 2019

On the sea today 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a single Gannet were of note. Raptors included a Red Kite and male Hen Harrier, while waders on the grazing marshes included 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank and 13 Ruff. A Short-eared Owl was on the NWT reserve and a Ring Ouzel was also present there during the morning but elusive. Also of interest were 3 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a single Crossbill in the pines.

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Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich still 3pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again on North Scrape at 2.37pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Holme Dunes +2.Water Pipits
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.05pm Morston c450yds west of Morston Quay near conservation area sign
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes still this morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes this a'noon NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still this a'noon 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path +showing well
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Goshawks (1.male) Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.56am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 11.45am
Norfolk Goshawk ad.fem Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.47am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham again south of A148 over Sculthorpe Moor NR over Oak Fen at 11.20am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 10.31am Morston on edge of saltmarsh 500yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still between Morston +Stiffkey Fen near conservation area sign at 9.57am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path at 8.50am
Norfolk 1+Ring Ouzel male Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path tho elusive
Norfolk possible petrel sp flew east past Sheringham at c8.25am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich still 3pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again on North Scrape at 2.37pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Holme Dunes +2.Water Pipits
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.05pm Morston c450yds west of Morston Quay near conservation area sign
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes still this morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes this a'noon NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still this a'noon 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path +showing well
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Goshawks (1.male) Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.56am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 11.45am
Norfolk Goshawk ad.fem Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.47am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham again south of A148 over Sculthorpe Moor NR over Oak Fen at 11.20am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 10.31am Morston on edge of saltmarsh 500yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still between Morston +Stiffkey Fen near conservation area sign at 9.57am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path at 8.50am
Norfolk 1+Ring Ouzel male Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path tho elusive
Norfolk possible petrel sp flew east past Sheringham at c8.25am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 10th April 2019

A slightly better day today both weather and migrant wise. A Ring Ouzel was seen at Thornham Harbour, the first singing Whitethroat appeared on the NWT reserve and a Wheatear and two Swallows were seen near the Observatory. On the sea an hour seawatch produced a Great Northern Diver, two Red-throated Divers, four Eider and a Shag with a Velvet Scoter reported later in the afternoon too. On the grazing Marsh and around the Broadwater there were 19 Golden Plover, 14 Ruff and a single Little Ringed Plover.


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Norfolk 2+Little Gulls (both ads) Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at 3.05pm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 3.48pm 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +east of Barn cafe in grass field with caravan
Norfolk 3.Common Scoters Colney GPs mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 3pm 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +east of Barn cafe in grass field with caravan
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes north of totem pole tho mobile (+Black Redstart still) NR29 4DD
Norfolk Little Bunting reported Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 4.Garganey (1.drk) Welney WWT from main observatory tho mobile +Great White Egret. Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male flew east over Thornham Harbour at 11.43am
Norfolk Grasshopper Wblr singing Snettisham Coastal Park at 10.10am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +east of Barn cafe in grass field with caravan at 10.05am +showing well
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common at 8.30am tho mobile
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Grimston Warren tho elusive
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's P

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 9th April 2019

Another relatively slow day bird wise, with a  mixture of a few remaining winter visitors Pink-feet (5) Brent Geese (15) and Wigeon (8) and summer visitors in the form of three Swallows and two Wheatears. Other birds of note included a Peregrine, Red Kite and two Eider.

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Norfolk Hoopoe still mid a'noon Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes on path 100yds north of totem pole +showing well NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still this a'noon Holkham Freshmarsh at west end just west of Joe Jordan Hide +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 1.16pm
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes on left beyond old hut at 1.16pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.197
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 12.30pm 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.09pm Winterton in dunes west of car park NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR still midday by large oak
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at west end just west of Joe Jordan Hide at 11.30am +2.Garganey Spoonbill 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still in grass field 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes at 10.45am +showing well NR29 4DD
Norfolk Slav Grebe Heacham off South Beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR at 9.45am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill Wells viewed from beach car park at 9.18am
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes north of track at 7pm +showing well. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.197
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT by East Bank
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1+drk) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 8th April 2019

Two Swallows flew along the east bank, a Red Kite drifted over the village early morning and the same or another was present in the afternoon. Four Siskins, 3 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 9 Ruff, and 6 Black-tailed Godwits were of note in the recording area, and offshore an Eider and a Great Northern Diver were of interest.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 3.40pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Hoopoe still 2.44pm Winterton Dunes NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still mid a'noon in grass field 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +showing well
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on bank east of Parrinder Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Welney WWT between Nelson-Lyle Hide +Lyle Hide this a'noon. Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Hoopoe still 1pm Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes 500yds south of cafe NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hobby Gorleston flew north over Cliff Hill at 6.40am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Upton Marshes NWT still mid morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.13pm Winterton south of Beach Road in trees east of Hermanus Centre NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Claxton Marshes still 10am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Barton Broad this morning +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.30am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes south of cafe then flew north
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham 1/2ml SE of Shangri-La chalet in newly sown grass field
Norfolk no further sign of Hoopoe Winterton Dunes by 11.49am (but Black Redstart still at Low Road)
Norfolk Long-eared Owl 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 9.10am then flew west
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes on ridge 500yds south of cafe
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Winterton Dunes by 9.08am
Norfolk Smew redhead still Ormesby Broad
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey flew north over dunes

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 7th April 2019

A foggy and frustrating day with poor visibility throughout. A male Wheatear was on the east bank with a pair of Stonechats, and Blackcap and Chiffchaff were on the reserve. Four Med Gulls were noted and 2 Siskins flew over calling.

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Norfolk Smew redhead Ormesby Broad just east of A149 bridge at 2.10pm
Norfolk Hoopoe still 1.43pm Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes on path 200yds north of totem pole
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew south over Waxham Sands at 1pm
Norfolk Hoopoe still c1.10pm Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes opposite steps to holiday camp NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from Friends Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 over Sculthorpe Moor NR late morning NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hoopoe still c10.55am Winterton north of Beach Road near car park NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes on ridge
Norfolk Garganey y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Dartford Warbler y'day Titchwell RSPB in suaeda 100yds south of beach
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool from screen at 6.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 6th April 2019

A cool and cloudy day with light north-easterly winds, a Great White Egret was reported over Lavender Marsh and a Red Kite was of note, with 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 15 Ruff on the grazing marshes and a Short-eared Owl was also seen. At least 10 Chiffchaffs were in the recording area and 2 male Blackcaps were ringed during the day, with a male Wheatear on the east bank and another 3 on the NWT reserve, 5 Stonechats also in the recording area, and a single Crossbill and 5 Siskins flew over calling.

Moths were scarce with just 2 Powdered Quakers, a Hebrew Character and a Red Chestnut in the traps.

Second year male Pied Wagtail ringed at the Obs


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Norfolk Hoopoe still 3.10pm Winterton north of Beach Road car park in North Dunes tho elusive NR29 4DD
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT over wood opposite car park at 1.01pm IP26 4NQ
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.39pm Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes between totem pole +car park +showing well
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton at Low Road. White Wagtail in paddocks
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich near The Bell pub
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich at Castle Mall Gardens at 12.05pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand still Breydon Water
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.50am Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes near totem pole tho mobile
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.25am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.48am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes opposite lighthouse
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.38am Winterton on east side of South Dunes
Norfolk probable Lesser White-fronted Goose ad Eccles flew SE over dunes
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.05am Winterton North Dunes north of totem pole then flew towards beach car park
Norfolk possible Lesser White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Mundesley at 8.44am
Norfolk possible Lesser White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Sheringham at 8.24am
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA west of track by Snipe's Marsh at 7am
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Titchwell RSPB still +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton North Dunes 300yds north of totem pole at 7.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 5th April 2019

At least one Red Kite was seen both morning and afternoon drifting over the grazing marshes, two Ruff were at the first NWT hide and 2 Med Gulls flew past the car park hide, and a Peregrine was of interest. Two Swallows were of note, 4 Cetti's Warbler were recorded and 16 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps were seen. Three Stonechats were of interest and a Rock Pipit and 6 Siskins were logged.

A Green Hairstreak was around the reserve and 2 Peacocks were also present.

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Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh near Joe Jordan Hide at 3.21pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley flew west past beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT in flight from car park mid a'noon IP26 4NQ
Norfolk possible Eastern Stonechat sp Kelling Heath on north side of railway at 11.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water at high tide
Norfolk no sign of ad.Greenland White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB by late morning but Great White Egret west of track
Norfolk no news on Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew flew north over Yarmouth Road Cemetery at 9.35pm [heard only]

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 4th April 2019

A Fieldfare and several Siskins plus the heavy morning frost gave a wintery fell to the start of the day, though this was balanced by a Swallow and at least six Blackcaps later around the site.
On the sea there eight Eider noted and birds of prey were represented by a Peregrine and a Red Kite.
The Firecrest was again at Walsey Hills.

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Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose ad still Buckenham Marshes RSPB c200yds east of hide at 2.15pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton South Dunes near Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still early a'noon just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at south end
Norfolk Hoopoe till 11.30am Winterton North Dunes just east of totem pole then flew off +no sign since
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Salthouse Heath still 1.06pm viewed from The Hangs
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT IP26 4NQ
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Salthouse Heath viewed from The Hangs at 12.38pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Great White Egret still). Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Morston Quay by boats at south end late morning
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap by roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still from Bittern Hide at 11.35am
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.20am Winterton North Dunes just south of totem pole
Norfolk White Stork Hickling Broad NWT over Rush Hill Scrape at 11.15am then flew towards Potter Heigham (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide. Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Hoopoe still mid morning Winterton South Dunes below Hermanus Restaurant tho mobile
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at south end at 8.40am +showing well
Norfolk Hoopoe Winterton Dunes in South Valley tho mobile

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 3rd April 2019

With singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps you could have thought spring had arrived, though the frozen hail that carpeted the edge of path to the Obs early morning told a different story! A Short-eared Owl in the dunes, two Siskins and a Red Kite over East and a pair of Stonechats on the East Bank ( the male colour ringed and from the Dersingham Bog project) were the highlights of the day.

A Firecrest was also present at Walsey Hills.

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Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still mid a'noon just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 2.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT at 1.47pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose ad still 1.55pm Buckenham Marshes RSPB east of main track with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose ad still mid morning Buckenham Marshes RSPB west of track with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holkham Freshmarsh flew past Joe Jordan Hide at 12.43pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB still this a'noon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv Welney WWT at 12.26pm then flew east
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Claxton Marshes still from river bank at 12.10pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv still 1.5mls west of Weeting at Weeting Heath NWT late morning IP26 4NQ
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB still from viewpoint at 10.50am
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton by groyne.5 at 10.05am
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley +just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in blackthorn right of path at 9.45am +showing well
Norfolk probable Greenland White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB west of track with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Rockland Broad again

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 2nd April 2019

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Norfolk 50.House Martins north of Swanton Morley at Billingford at 12.13pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still this morning +Common Crane
Norfolk Camberwell Beauty butterfly on Sunday Sandringham on Sandringham Estate
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Spoonbill still +Garganey +drk.Scaup still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Cley NW at 12.41pm
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing Cley NWT at visitor centre at CleySpy at 11.40am
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Burnham Deepdale flew west over A149 at One Stop Nature Shop at 11.10am PE31 8FB
Norfolk Great White Egret Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB from hide at 11.20am +2.Garganey (1.drk)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in wood north of visitor centre at 9.48am
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap by roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton by groyne.4 at 7.25am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 1st April 2019

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Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +male.Hen Harrier
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew low east over Cley NWT this evng +Bittern booming still
Norfolk 9.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy in 1st grazing field east of footpath from layby to dunes at 4pm
Norfolk Great White Egret between Burnham Norton +Burnham Deepdale on flood viewed from sea wall at 4.08pm then flew to Burnham Deepdale Marsh TF.815.451
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Burnham Overy Dunes west of boardwalk on pools by Gun Hill at 3.57pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew low east over Burnham Norton at 3.45pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Buckenham Marshes RSPB still early a'noon but no sign of Great White Egret
Norfolk 4.Garganey (2.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 3.27pm at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 3.10pm +2.Garganey (1.drk) still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 31st March 2019

A quiet day with a sharp north-easterly. A flock of 14 Pink-feet were still on the grazing marshes and 2 Stonechats were on the east bank. Two Redwings flew over calling early morning and 2 Chiffchaffs were singing around the reserve.

Peacock and Orange Tip were around the Observatory, with Early Thorn, Pine Beauty, 5 Clouded Drabs, 4 Common Quakers, 7 Small Quakers, and 5 Hebrew Characters in the moth traps.

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Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret drk.Scaup). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 1.55pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on seal carcass early a'noon
Norfolk Black Guillemot flew east past Cley at c11.15am +Great Northern Diver flew west
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still north of visitor centre
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes from gate near building along main track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no sign of any Garganey Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Little Broad
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Haddiscoe Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 30th March 2019

Another beautiful spring day, with light winds and hazy sunshine. A Red Kite drifted over and 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Ruff were at the NWT hides. Two Swallows flew through west, at least 10 Chiffchaffs were present and a single Redwing flew over early morning together with at least 9 Redpolls with one Mealy Redpoll trapped and ringed. On the NWT reserve a Black Redstart and 3 Wheatears were of note and along the east bank a pair of Stonechats were feeding, with 3 Siskins flying over calling.

The moth trap contained 15 Hebrew Characters, 2 Clouded Drabs, 12 Small Quakers, 2 Common Quakers and 2 Red Chestnuts. Butterflies included Orange Tip, Brimstone and Peacock.

A Natterjack Toad was calling near the pond.



Mealy Redpoll and female Stonechat ringed at the Obs during the morning


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Norfolk 11.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 2.10pm north of road +showing well
Norfolk 10.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Black Redstart Holme Dunes +Hen Harrier
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Barton Broad from viewing platform at 1.10pm +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Barton Broad from viewing platform at 12.45pm
Norfolk Bittern booming Cley NWT still 10am
Norfolk no further sign of Short-eared Owl West Runton from car park by 11am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still north of visitor centre at 9.53am
Norfolk Common Tern Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Reed Warbler 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 Short-eared Owl Burgh Castle +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 2.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret 2.Common Cranes Russian White-fronted Goose. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl West Runton from car park
Norfolk Common Tern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park over Little Broad then flew towards Great Broad
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at SE end of Little Broad +showing well
Norfolk 15.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 29th March 2019

A bright and sunny day with a light southerly breeze, a few migrants were seen with 4 Sandwich Terns passing west offshore, a Swallow through west and at least one Crossbill in the pines in the NWT car park. A pair of adult Med Gulls flew high over the Observatory and at least 10 Chiffchaffs were recorded during the day. A group of 16 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh, and 2 Blackcaps were heard. Seven Siskins flew over the pines calling.

In the moth traps 4 Clouded Drabs, an Early Thorn, 7 Small Quakers, a Common Quaker and 15 Hebrew Characters were counted, and butterflies included 8 Peacocks, 2 Brimstones, a Comma and a male Orange-tip.

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Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey +Great White Egret
Norfolk Crossbill fem Blakeney at Blakeney Manor Hotel in old oak tree at 3.30pm
Norfolk Little Ringed Plover Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3pm
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret drk.Scaup Spoonbill Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh still 2.30pm +4+Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap on saltmarsh near roped-off area mid a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still 1.15pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park on south side of Little Broad as viewed from east east tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point at Plantation this a'noon +Short-eared Owl over dunes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in pines opposite entrance at 11.25am then flew off +lost to view
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Little Broad at 11.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Dunes on grazing marsh by sea wall at 11am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh mid morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh still
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Stiffkey on saltmarsh from car park
Norfolk Great White Egret Claxton Marshes still at 8.15am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Sidestrand at 7.22am

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 26th March 2019

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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Garganey drk Bintree Mill still 5.15pm
Norfolk great White Egret Claxton Marshes again viewed from Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 5.20pm +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Garganey drk Bintree Mill still 1.45pm
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still on rocks opposite Funky Mackerel Cafe at 11.35am
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret still +Spoonbill still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Garganey drk Bintree Mill at 12.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +16.Russian White-fronted Geese 3. Common Cranes.
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park at 10.48am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool. 2,Great Northern Divers on sea
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT stil 10.29am in pine on east side
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh at 10.20am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 10.09am on post opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton still in paddock at Low Road
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Hickling Broad NWT from Bittern Hide early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cantley in cattle field behind Reedcutter pub at 8.54am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 8.13am
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still Salthouse just south of A149 on feeder in garden at 6am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 25th March 2019

A major movement of Kittiwakes took place with 809 west in 4 and a quarter hours and 11 Eiders, 4 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Fulmars, 5 Gannets and 9 Great Crested Grebes also recorded offshore. Also of note today were 3 Spoonbills which landed on the NWT grazing marshes, 14 Pink-feet, 11 Ruff, an adult Med Gull, one Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats on the east bank and 11 Siskins in the pines.

In the moth traps an Oak Beauty, 6 Small Quakers, 4 Hebrew Characters, 1 Common Quaker, 2 Clouded Drabs, a Powdered Quaker and a Pine Beauty were present.

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Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks opposite Mo early a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Waxham +Firecrest
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (all ads) flew over Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 8.30am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Winterton
Norfolk 11+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT this a'noon (+Spoonbill still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB late morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in wood opposite visitor centre at 9.50am
Norfolk Cattle Egret 3.5mls WNW of Great Yarmouth by A47 Acle Straight north of Britannia Farm at 7.37am TG.478.089 NR30 1TH
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets y'day still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 by suspension bridge mid a'noon PE14 9TF
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still Salthouse just south of A149 on feeder in garden at 7.35am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Island Hide. Jack Snipe Patsys Pool
Norfolk 5.Slav Grebes y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 24th March 2019

A beautiful day at the Obs, highlights were 11 Eiders, 1 Common Scoter, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Fulmars, 9Great Crested Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe, with 3 Red Kites, 7 Marsh Harriers, 13 Buzzards, 14 Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 130 Redshank and a Snipe of note around the marshes, 2 Barn Owls hunting during the day, a Peregrine, a Woodlark east, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6+ Chiffchaffs, a female Stonechat along the east bank, a male Wheatear on the NWT reserve, and 12 Crossbills seen briefly in the pines.

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Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton North Dunes flew north over concrete blocks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 1.25pm in tree opposite visitor centre
Norfolk 10.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT (+Spoonbill Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still early a'noon Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 12.40pm in tree opposite visitor centre viewed from metal gate
Norfolk Great White Egret Claxton Marshes viewed from Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.15pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holkham Gap flew east along beach
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still near North Scrape
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in tree opposite visitor centre at 11.45am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Burnham Norton near village +Great White Egret
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Salthouse
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Happisburgh
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.25am
Norfolk Black Redstart Happisburgh just north of church along Blacksmiths Lane in hedge south of coastguards
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform at 10.15am +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (ad +sub-ad) Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still offshore +3.Slav Grebes 3.Great Northern Divers 2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Happisburgh on post opposite church at 9.30am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still off beach car park +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap (+3.Long-tailed Ducks offshore) TF.896.458
Norfolk 3+Velvet Scoters Burnham Overy Dunes still off Gun Hill +ringtail.Hen Harrier
Norfolk 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Winterton flew out to sea

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 23rd March 2019

Highlights on the sea today were 16 Eiders, 38 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Northern Divers, and 1 Red-necked Grebe. A Little Ringed Plover was on the NWT pools together with a single Ruff, and two Barn Owls were hunting, with a kettle of 12 Buzzards up along the ridge. A male Firecrest was trapped and ringed, with 3 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, a single Wheatear on the grazing marsh, and over the Obs a single Brambling, 2 Redpolls and 3 Siskins, a Yellowhammer, and along the sea wall towards Thornham a Water Pipit was showing well near the compound.

Male Firecrest in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019

Four Sand Martins were seen at Redwell Marsh, and in the moth traps 16 Hebrew Characters, 2 Dotted Borders, 4 Shoulder-Stripe, 13 Small Quakers, 2 Common Quakers, 2 Pine Beauties, and 2 Red Chestnuts were recorded.

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Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT from Friends Hide at 3.37pm (drk.Scaup still from Lyle Hide)
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth still by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 3.05pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Rockland Broad still on marsh on east side this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk no news on Rough-legged Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT since 11am
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Great White Egret Spoonbill Cattle Egret)
Norfolk no further sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track
Norfolk 2.Firecrests Walsey Hills NOA at south end
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv over Calthorpe Broad at 11.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew north over Brograve Levels at 11.30am then circled north c1ml inland of Waxham at 11.45am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 11am over opposite fields
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track (Firecrest in SE corner of The Dell in yew)
Norfolk 12.Velvet Scoters Burnham Overy off Gun Hill at 9.53am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Breydon Water again flew north at 10.44am
Norfolk/ Suffolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew towards Belton at 10.22am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB 100yds south of Rotary Hide viewed from opposite side of scrape at 10.11am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins at 9.40am NR21 9GN
Norfolk no news on Little Bunting Weybourne Camp (no news on any further access). Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Waveney Forest at 9.42am
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in Low Road paddocks at 8.55am
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Breydon Water then south over Burgh Castle at 9.40am
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey still 9.17am then flew towards Winterton
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley off coastguards at 8.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey again on seaward side of Horsey Mill at 8.56am
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey near Horsey Mill
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey on seaward side of road near Horsey Mill
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +12.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w y'day still Blakeney in Langham Road garden then taken by Sparrowhawk
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea +7.Great Northern Divers Slav Grebe
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 7.15am
Norfolk 8.Tundra Bean Geese y'day still Welney WWT north of Friends Hide at 2.30pm (drk.Scaup from Lyle Hide at 3.30pm +showing well. Great White Egret at Lady Fen at 2pm. 2.Cattle Egrets south of Bank Farm at Hundred Foot dam at 1.30pm)

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd March 2019

On the sea today 12 Common Scoters, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Red-necked Grebe were of note. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was hunting near Thornham Harbour and a Firecrest was in the pines behind the sea-watching hide. A single Wheatear was out on the grazing marsh during the afternoon.

In the moth traps another Dotted Chestnut, 5 Small Quakers, 4 Clouded Drabs, 13 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers and an Early Thorn were recorded.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 2.44pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 2.30pm
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still Blakeney Harbour at 2.05pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south just south of Happisburgh at 1.40pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 1.33pm in pine
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml NE of Bacton flew ESE past gas terminal at 1.24pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 2mls south of Mundesley at Knapton flew SE over church at 1.18pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv just south of Cromer flew ESE at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew over Kelling Heath at 12.49pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml east of Cley still 12.38pm in wood south of Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in paddock at Low Road
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Morston at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Cley NWT at 12.25pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Holkham Hall at 11.59am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy still 11.45am over wood south of grazing marsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 11.05am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy flew east to grazing marsh at 11.08am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 2.Wheatears (both males) Salthouse at 10.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Cattle Egret still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still
Norfolk Common Crane 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB again on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool. 4.Slav Grebes on sea +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn
Norfolk Hen Harrier y'day Holme Dunes +White Wagtail