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Wednesday 9th August 2017

With strong Northerly winds the sea seemed the obvious focus today. Unfortunately this failed to produced the hoped for birds, with the only noteworthy species being Manx Shearwater (4), Bonxie (3) and Little Gull (2). At least three Arctic Skuas were also seen, a conservative count, with birds noted throughout hassling the terns for food. A bonus today though was a Pied Flycatcher seen on several occasions perched on the rope fence outside the obs.

Pied Flycatcher, Holme Bird Obs, August 2017
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Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Walcott 11am-2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Seething still
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls flew past Sheringham
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme NOA
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Little Gull still PE31 8BB