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Monday 3rd October 2016

Another relatively interesting day with clear skies and light winds shifting from the north round to the east in the afternoon. Obvious highlights were at least 4 Yellow-browed Warblers (with two ringed) and the two Richard's Pipits again along the Broadwater and marsh to the south of the Observatory.

Yellow-browed Warbler in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, October 2016 © David Bratt

A Great Grey Shrike was picked up in the afternoon to the west of the reserve, seen at Redwell Marsh and in the paddocks. Other interest included 25 Bramblings, 2 Siskins, 6 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Whinchats along Thornham bank, one each of Redwing and Rock Pipit and two Bearded Tits at the east end of the Broadwater.

Wader counts included 400 Oystercatchers, 6 Grey Plovers, 34 Ringed Plovers, 58 Curlews, 220 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 9 Sanderlings, 5 Dunlins and a Greenshank whilst on the sea 750 Common Scoters were counted with a single Velvet Scoter also noted. Black-throated Diver was recorded as were 4 Red-throated and 13 Great Crested Grebes.

Two Wall Browns were of note near the pond.

Young male Brambling - Holme Bird Obs, October 2016 © David Bratt

Norfolk News from Birdnet

Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh late a/noon + 2 Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton/Hensby + Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 17 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point + Short-eared Owl NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common at 16:30 on E/side of pillbox NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR in paddocks + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler trapped & ringed
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 15:50 in trees at rear of feeding station viewed from main path to beach PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Richard's Pipit Holme NOA at 15:30 in flight over grazing marsh S/of Broadwater TF717450
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler UEA Broad with tit flock in wood by security lodge
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point in dunes by track between plantation & Yankee Ridge at 14:05 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common at 13:10 in SE/corner NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler South Creake at 12:30by footpath S/of Leicester Meadows
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk 9 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines this mrng (not Wells Woods)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach then flew W/over Thornham Harbour PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB mid mrng from Parrinder Hide + Snow Bunting at Thornham Point PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Hall Park on lake on dam opposite hall at 09:45
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NOA TF717450
Norfolk Juvenile Sabine's Gull Reported W/past Sheringham at 08:35 + Sooty Shearwater past E/ & Great Northern Diver NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NOA by heligoland trap TF717450
Norfolk Grey Phalarope Breydon Water till 09:10 at E/end N/of lumps then flew N/ NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation at 08:55 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe in garden showing well
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB in c/pk PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Probable Ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Harbour flew to roost at 18:30 TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Hawfinch Walsey Hills NOA by Snipe's Marsh then flew towards Foreland Wood NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk 2 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB + Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Female/Immature Black Redstart Warham Greens along Eastern Drove at 07:20 NR23 1QD TF943437