Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Red Kite over the reserve - Holme Bird Obs, March 2016

A sunny, fine day began with 3 Red Kites seen circling over the marsh, lingering in the area for much of the morning. Singles of Peregrine, Merlin and Kestrel were seen, with at least 5 Marsh Harriers, 5 Buzzards and Sparrowhawk also noted. A Barn Owl was over the marsh later in the afternoon. Elsewhere a female Blackcap was present near the pond, 2 Siskins were around the pines in the morning and c.30 Meadow Pipit were of interest, with 2 ringed.

A Tundra Bean Goose was well picked out from the few remaining Pink-feet and Greylag, on the marsh south of the viewing platform. Waders included over 70 Snipe, 30 Avocets, 10 Golden Plover, 18 Grey Plover, 14 Ringed Plover, 80 Lapwings, 200 Bar-tailed Godwits, 20 Sanderlings, 35 Dunlin and 3 Knot. An adult Mediterranean Gull was seen on the beach in the morning and presumably the same bird later flew along the Broadwater and over the east bank. On the sea around 2000 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and 25 Red-breasted Mergansers were noted.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 7 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at NT gate by bend in sea wall showing well
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11:30 by sea wall
> Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Holme NOA on grazing marsh opposite the obs with Pink-footed Geese at 14:45 TF717450
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves at 12:45 TL815900
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Reported Thornham over saltmarsh PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Common Crane over Langham Airfield at 10:08 then flew W/
> Norfolk Great White Egret Berney Marshes RSPB NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + Great Northern Diver & Male Hen Harrier PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver off Holme NOA early a/noon + Slavonian Grebe TF717450
> Norfolk Firecrest Gorleston-on-Sea 100yds NE/of Red Cross depot on Woodfarm Lane NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk 2 Red Kite w/over Titchwell RSPB at 09:10 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Cuckoo NW/of Aylmerton N/over A148 at 07:22