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Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Noteworthy birds today included the pair of Stonechats again around the observatory building, two Barn Owls hunting over the grazing Marsh and a male Goldeneye returning to the Broadwater. The sea remained relatively quiet with four Red-throated Divers, six Great-crested Grebes, two Fulmars and a Kittiwake the best of a 30 minute seawatch.
 Drake Goldeneye on the Broadwater - Holme Bird Obs, February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR on post at 16:35
> Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park 14:30 at N/end of lake NR23 1QE TF950455
> Norfolk Great White Egret Wof Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh this a/noon N/of Watton Road by River Yare 300yds W/of Colney Church TG178080
> Norfolk female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at N/end of lake this a/noon. drake hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard at S/end NR23 1QE TF950455
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes on beach showing well + Bonxie NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Blakeney Harbour TG028441
> Norfolk 50 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on beach this a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddocks this a/noon IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk Adult Shag Wells on quay NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 12:50 in main channel PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Juvenile Great Northern Diver over Trimingham NR11 8EG TG279388