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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 22nd April 2019

Another good day of spring migration, with 13 Golden Plover in breeding plumage on the grazing marsh near Thornham, and 2 Whimbrel over calling, 3 Green Sandpipers were on the NWT reserve and 4 Sandwich Terns passed offshore, with 2 Red-breasted Mergansers also noted. At least 2 Cuckoos were in the area and a Barn Owl was in the dunes, while 3 Swallows, 12 Chiffchaffs, 16 Willow Warblers, 25 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 4+ Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Fieldfares, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 Stonechats, 2 Redstarts, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Bramblings, 2 Redpolls and a Crossbill were all of note. On the NWT reserve at least 2 Ring Ouzels were still present and a Whinchat was also seen. Ringing at the Observatory today included a superb Tree Pipit.

Four further Emperor Moths hatched.

Tree Pipit ringed at the Observatory this morning,
with Green Hairstreak and Linnet photos by Pete Bangs




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Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cley NWT still this a'noon east of East Bank at south end of The Serpentine
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes mid a'noon. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls (3.ads +1s) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception at 2pm
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (2.ads +1s) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception at 2pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham South Beach still
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still c1.30pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from gate just beyond 2nd bench (+Garganey still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Pied Fly male Sheringham at Pretty Corner in oaks south of car park at 11.45am
Norfolk 4.Black Terns Welney WWT at Lady Fen +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 22+Little Gulls Strumpshaw Fen RSPB briefly mid morning
Norfolk Wood Sand east of Wells from 1st track +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk still no sign of 1s.Purple Heron Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall by late morning (but 2.Great White Egrets). From car park walk east then north
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Hickling Broad NWT still +3+Common Cranes still
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cley NWT east of East Bank at south end of The Serpentine at 11.43am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 11am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench then lost to view. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still 10.50am +14.Little Gulls
Norfolk Pied Fly Kelling Quays in copse. Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow then flew off
Norfolk Black Redstart West Runton in cattle fields at 9am +Ring Ouzel 2.Whinchats
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Regis in sports field north of A149 at 10.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Holme at golf course car park at c10.10am
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still near boardwalk at 10.02am
Norfolk Little Gull ad Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT from Avocet Hide at 6.50am then flew towards Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street. Turn right at T.junction +view field by horse field TG.077.432 NR25 7XL
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes flew south over east end at 9.27am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Warham Greens +4.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench at 9am tho elusive. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Purple Heron Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall by 8.55am. From car park walk east then north
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in fenced area east of Holkham Gap at 8.42am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton North Dunes still in plantation
Norfolk 27.Ring Ouzels flew west over Salthouse Heath at c8.25am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holkham Gap +Spoonbill flew high over
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Kelling Water Meadow