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Tuesday 7th March 2017

A beautiful Spring day with mild westerlies produced little in the way of obvious migration, with just a scattering of Meadow Pipits, 5 Stonechats and 2 Siskins suggestive of movement.

Flocks of Brent Geese and Pink-footed Geese were grazing on the marsh throughout the day and 8 Russian White-fronted Geese were present among them. Two Cetti's Warblers were singing around the Observatory building, a Tawny Owl called from the pines in the afternoon, a Grey Wagtail was seen on the approach road and reports from the sea included 4 Eiders and a single Red-breasted Merganser.

In the fine weather large raptors were conspicuous with at least 5 Common Buzzards, 6 Marsh Harriers and 2 Red Kites over the grazing marsh and village.

Norfolk News From Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier in grass field at Blunt's Corner, New Holkham again at 13:25
Norfolk No Sign of Pallid Harrier at stubble field Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 08:30-13:00 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at 17:30 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Waveney Forest mound TG457011
Norfolk 21 Shorelark between pines/dunes just E/of Holkham Gap at 15:30
Norfolk No Sign of Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves this mrng TL815900
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh + 2 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockleycley Wood at Cockleycley Wood along fire break.107 at early a'noon TF778054
Norfolk 22 Shorelark Holkham Bay just E/of Boardwalk NR23 1RJ TF892458