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Wednesday 6th February 2019

Birds on the sea today included five Long-tailed Ducks and single Red-necked Grebe and Velvet Scoter. A Spoonbill was a surprise visitor, noted flying west over the Observatory. A Peregrine was hunting over the grazing Marsh and at least three Barn Owls were also noted during the course of day.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Upton Marshes NWT
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 2.33pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham still mid a'noon in sugar beet field with Pink-footed Geese (+Barnacle Goose)
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese SW of Fakenham at West Raynham at Raynham Park Lake early a'noon
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap 200yds west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Holme NOA at 1.30pm
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB by 4th pit on bank between hides at 11.30am
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose y'day Cley NWT in Eye Field
Norfolk 16.Twite y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner +2.Pale-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.fem y'day between Wiveton +Langham by sugar beet field
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham in sugar beet field at 11.31am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 56.Bewick's Swans Breydon Water opposite South Wall pumphouse
Norfolk 38.Russian White-fronted Geese NE of Halvergate by Branch Road late morning
Norfolk 20.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap 200yds west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at 9.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea north of NOA observatory
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +4.Great Northern Divers 4.Long-tailed Ducks