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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 13th April 2019

A Red Kite drifted over and 2 adult Med Gulls were on the grazing marsh. A Short-eared Owl was on the NWT near the forestry, and 4 Swallows, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 male Ring Ouzels (one singing near the NWT centre), 2 Stonechats along the east bank, a Brambling in the pines and 2 Siskins over calling were the highlights today.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 3.43pm
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB circling as viewed from Reception Hide at 3.05pm
Norfolk Shorelark Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes at 3pm
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.10pm Morston 400yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Rockland Broad from hide at 1.52pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 1.50pm from hide
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham flew south over Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.50pm Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes tho mobile NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.40pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still Morston 400yds west of Morston Quay in hedge south of coast path at 12.30pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still early a'noon on far side from hide
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB still from viewpoint at midday
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes at 11.15am NR29 4DD
Norfolk probable Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR from approach road drifted south at 11.25am NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Great Grey Shrike Morston west of Morston Quay (but Black Redstart still in horse paddock near church)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB off Thornham Point mid morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path at 9.50am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 9.20am at west end
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad till c8.25am then flew towards Strumpshaw
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 8.10am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Breydon Water North Wall near windpump