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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 13th February 2019

A productive day bird wise with the day starting with 14 Twite in Thornham Harbour. A look through the Pink-footed geese on the grazing Marsh revealed two Russian White-fronted Geese in amongst them with a rather smart looking Drake Pintail also present on the Broadwater nearby.
On the sea highlights included Two Slavonian Grebes, two Goosander flying past west and a high count of at least 28 Great-crested Grebes. At least two Porpoises were also noted feeding just offshore. On the raptor front, Merlin and Red Kite were both noted during the day.

Drake Pintail on the Broadwater

One of two Russian White-fronted Geese on the Grazing Marsh
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Norfolk 14.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still 2.06pm +male Hen Harrier again
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 12.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner at midday. Spoonbill on saltmarsh
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just south of suspension bridge at 1.45pm PE14 9TF
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still below Rotary Hide viewable from east side at 12.15pm
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area +showing well
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +just west of roped-off area
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Burnham Overy
Norfolk 2+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR early a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.46am from North Hide
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still from North Hide at 11.15am (+c20.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still on rocks below Funky Mackerel cafe at 10.30am
Norfolk White-fronted Goose Holme on grazing marsh with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Hunstanton at seafront
Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Cley still by beach car park
Norfolk 14.Twite Thornham Harbour still 8am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB at Volunteer Marsh