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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd February 2019

Spring had definitely sprung today with 2 Red Kites drifting over the reserve and on the sea 3 Pintail, 17 Long-tailed Ducks, 43 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Fulmars, 21 Great Crested Grebes, a Black-necked Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Guillemots and a Kittiwake. Also of note were a Water Rail calling, an adult Med Gull over east, 3 Barn Owls, a Tawny Owl, 4+ Stonechats and 2 Crossbills in the pines during the morning.

Butterflies were on the wing with a Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone and Comma all seen during the day.

A drake Pintail was on Redwell Marsh

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at c12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew high west over Brancaster Staithe at 1.02pm
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea on ebbing tide +showing well +7.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 at 10.46am
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Thornham Point on sea +Long-tailed Duck 2.Slav Grebes Black-throated Diver 4.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Welney WWT still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton briefly 7.30am then flew west (+Woodlark flew over)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) reported still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN