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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 10th March 2019

A gathering of over 2000 Black-headed Gulls on the grazing marshes contained at least 8 Med Gulls, with 225 Golden Plover also on the marsh and 11 Avocets also of interest. A Red Kite drifted over the village and a Chiffchaff emerged after the rain, in the Tamarisk bushes in front of the Observatory. Two Barn Owls were hunting.

The moths traps were surprisingly busy with 3 Pine Beauties, a Dotted Chestnut, 2 Mottled Greys, 5 Hebrew Characters, a Small Quaker, an Oak Beauty, 4 Common Quakers, 4 Dotted Borders, an Early Grey and a Common Flat-body all recorded.


Oak Beauty and Dotted Chestnut - in the moth traps today

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Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Scaup). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull 2w Walcott on beach opposite Kingfisher Cafe at 1.15pm
Norfolk Sooty S'water Sheringham lingering offshore at 1.05pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still early a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just west of suspension bridge at 10.30am PE14 9TF
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Great Ryburgh
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Choseley drying barns still 10.35am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid morning 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT still between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's Wash
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still). Reserve open NR21 9GN