Saturday 2nd April 2016

A finer day and some spring migrants arriving, including a pair of Garganey in off the sea which landed in front of the NWT hides and gave good views. On the sea 1100 Common Scoters were offshore and a Common Tern was feeding and drifting west in the morning. Also of note were a Greenshank, 2 adult Med Gulls, 2 Barn Owls, a Firecrest in the pines though elusive, 2 Swallows through, 2 Cetti's Warblers singing, 25+ Chiffchaffs, 5+ Blackcaps, and 4 Wheatears in the NWT horse paddocks.

At Walsey Hills a Firecrest was seen in the morning towards the southern end of the reserve and heard later in the day, singing around the footpath adjacent to Snipe's Marsh. 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap and 2 Cetti's Warber were around the reserve with many singing and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls flew noisily south early afternoon.



Photos of the Garganey pair that came in off the sea and settled on the NWT pools - Holme Dunes NWT, April 2016 © Les Bunyan


Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB 100yds E/of Tower Hide at 15:10 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this a/noon E/of Tower Hide briefly NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB 11.25 at S/end of Sandy Walk W/by sluice NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh this a/noon at NT Gate by bend in sea wall
> Norfolk Green-winged Teal Denver Sluice at 16:19 between river & railway at Stilt Fen Farm flashes PE38 0AZ TF590011
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves at 13:00 W/of entrance track TL815900
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at NT gate by bend in sea wall + Male Hen Harrier
> Norfolk Great White Egret Berney Marshes RSPB NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves at 08:45 W/of entrance track TL815900
>Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Martham Broad this evng at W/end NR29 4DJ TG459202
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse this evng NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 15:00 in dyke opposite hide NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad from road near bridge this a/noon TG462139
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Bradwell at Harper's Lane this a/noon NR31 8QQ TG503038
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Holme Dunes NWT this a/noon
> Norfolk No Sign of Ring Ouzel East Runton in paddocks by Mill Lane or by railway on Sandy Lane + No Sign of Male Blue-headed Wagtail in paddock opposite Manor Farm Camp Site late a/noon NR27 9PA TG200427
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Martham Broad mid a/noon NR29 4DJ TG459202
> Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Breydon Water at South Wall NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail East Runton at 13:40 opposite Manor Farm Camp Site in paddock NR27 9PA TG200427
> Norfolk 2 Male Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park at 13:10 TF648335
> Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne at coastguard cottages this mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk 5 Ring Ouzel East Runton in paddocks on Mill Lane & by single Sandy Lane near railway NR27 9PA TG200427
> Norfolk 4 Adult Little Gull Barton Broad this mrng + 1w Drake Scaup & Common Tern NR12 8AZ TG357222
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Ringstead Common at 11:00
> Norfolk 3 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 11:10 on pool near fisherman's c/pk NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 3 Garganey Hockwood Washes IP26 4LQ TL727882
> Norfolk 2 Black Redstart Hopton-on-Sea at S/end of railtrack NR31 9SE TM535997
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel Cromer on golf curse at 08:59 NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Martham Broad 08:50 at W/end of South Broad NR29 4DJ TG459202
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel Winterton South Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Female Black Redstart Heacham 08:35 at Chalet 47 PE31 7AX TF663376