Friday 5th October 2018

A busy day with some migrants arriving, highlights included a Red-necked Grebe on the sea with 4 Gannets, a Common Tern and 2 Med Gulls also of note. A Red Kite and a Peregrine were of interest, and 3 Water Rails, 6 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 11 Blackcaps, 2 Stonechats, 3 Grey Wagtails, 6 Pied Wagtails, 70 Meadow Pipits, 6 Rock Pipits, and 2 Siskins also seen.

Over 70 birds were caught during ringing today including a Kestrel ringed in Sweden.

The Swedish ringed Common Kestrel in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, October 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham over saltmarsh mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by path just north of Island Hide at 2pm
Norfolk reported Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB was a Buzzard
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still 2.19pm 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB then flew east to grazing marsh TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk 4.Jack Snipes Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk 3.Jack Snipes Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 1.49pm TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB over saltmarsh west of main path early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret just SE of Ringland still early a'noon near pub by River Wensum upstream of Ringland Road bridge
Norfolk no sign of juv.Red-necked Phal Wells on Abraham's Bosom boating lake
Norfolk no news on juv.Red-necked Phal Wells at north end of Abraham's Bosom boating lake
Norfolk 26.Common Cranes Welney WWT still. Y'day Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Wells Woods
Norfolk Hawfinch Thetford flew east over Nunnery Lakes at 8.38am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley on beach c400yds east of shelter at 8.39am
Norfolk Great White Egret just SE of Ringland still near pub by River Wensum upstream of Ringland Road bridge at 8.25am tho elusive
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Pine Marten Wolferton at crossroads briefly c7.30am [showed well twice]