Holme Bird Observatory Friday 29th March 2019

A bright and sunny day with a light southerly breeze, a few migrants were seen with 4 Sandwich Terns passing west offshore, a Swallow through west and at least one Crossbill in the pines in the NWT car park. A pair of adult Med Gulls flew high over the Observatory and at least 10 Chiffchaffs were recorded during the day. A group of 16 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh, and 2 Blackcaps were heard. Seven Siskins flew over the pines calling.

In the moth traps 4 Clouded Drabs, an Early Thorn, 7 Small Quakers, a Common Quaker and 15 Hebrew Characters were counted, and butterflies included 8 Peacocks, 2 Brimstones, a Comma and a male Orange-tip.

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Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey +Great White Egret
Norfolk Crossbill fem Blakeney at Blakeney Manor Hotel in old oak tree at 3.30pm
Norfolk Little Ringed Plover Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3pm
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret drk.Scaup Spoonbill Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh still 2.30pm +4+Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap on saltmarsh near roped-off area mid a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still 1.15pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park on south side of Little Broad as viewed from east east tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point at Plantation this a'noon +Short-eared Owl over dunes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in pines opposite entrance at 11.25am then flew off +lost to view
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Little Broad at 11.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Dunes on grazing marsh by sea wall at 11am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh mid morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh still
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Stiffkey on saltmarsh from car park
Norfolk Great White Egret Claxton Marshes still at 8.15am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Sidestrand at 7.22am