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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 5th April 2019

At least one Red Kite was seen both morning and afternoon drifting over the grazing marshes, two Ruff were at the first NWT hide and 2 Med Gulls flew past the car park hide, and a Peregrine was of interest. Two Swallows were of note, 4 Cetti's Warbler were recorded and 16 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps were seen. Three Stonechats were of interest and a Rock Pipit and 6 Siskins were logged.

A Green Hairstreak was around the reserve and 2 Peacocks were also present.

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Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh near Joe Jordan Hide at 3.21pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley flew west past beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT in flight from car park mid a'noon IP26 4NQ
Norfolk possible Eastern Stonechat sp Kelling Heath on north side of railway at 11.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water at high tide
Norfolk no sign of ad.Greenland White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB by late morning but Great White Egret west of track
Norfolk no news on Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew flew north over Yarmouth Road Cemetery at 9.35pm [heard only]