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Tuesday 6th October 2015

With a seemingly obvious arrival of Song Thrushes and Redwings late yesterday it was hoped things would continue in the same vane. Unfortunately it wasn't the case, with only a handful of both species noted and the young Song Thrush pictured below the only one caught. Birds of note during the day included a Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling on several occasions around the heligoland trap,  Kingfisher and Water Rail around the Broadwater, single Greenshank and Whimbrel and a Brambling in the pines. Seawatching produced counts of 212 Brent Geese, 238 Wigeon, 19 Great-crested Grebe,  7 Red-throated Divers, 33 Gannets, 87 Cormorant,  a Velvet Scoter and a Bonxie.
 
First year Song Thrush, aged by the contrasting browner and buff tipped outer greater coverts - Holme Bird Obs, 6th October 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common at 18:00
> Norfolk 3 + Yellow-browed Warbler Kelling 1+in the village & 2 down Meadow Lane early evng NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 7 Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh 16:40 from Washington Hide + Rough-legged Buzzard & Great White Egret
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme in garden at Kirkgate Street at 16:40 PE36 6LH
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey 16:35 in field S/of Nelson Head Track NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens along middle track late a/noon with tit flock NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Trimingham N/of church in pottery scrub NR11 8EG TG279388
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton-on-Sea at old rectory
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney at Friary Hills NT 15:10 at top
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Cley next the Sea in garden at Hilltop at 13:40 briefly NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler W/of Weybourne by A149 at Muckleburgh Hill but elusive NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk 3 Ring Ouzel Warham Greens 12:40 at bombhole NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham at 09:30 in garden NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB this a/noon with tit flock PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section this a/noon NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey at 11:30 in field N/of Nelson Head Track + Dartford Warbler by wooden swing gate NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton-on-Sea 13:15 off Low Road in sycamores by sports field
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Sidestrand at 08:15 + Snow Bunting on clifftop NR27 0LT TG265395
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods midday between beach & Lady Ann's Drive at 11:45 with tit flock NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Little Bunting Happisburgh on S/side of campsite in clifftop bush then flew S/ + Ring Ouzel NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Kelling Water Meadows in copse by track NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey in Campsite Wood NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Regis at 10:35 in hedge on S/side of Beeston Regis Caravan Park