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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 6th April 2019

A cool and cloudy day with light north-easterly winds, a Great White Egret was reported over Lavender Marsh and a Red Kite was of note, with 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 15 Ruff on the grazing marshes and a Short-eared Owl was also seen. At least 10 Chiffchaffs were in the recording area and 2 male Blackcaps were ringed during the day, with a male Wheatear on the east bank and another 3 on the NWT reserve, 5 Stonechats also in the recording area, and a single Crossbill and 5 Siskins flew over calling.

Moths were scarce with just 2 Powdered Quakers, a Hebrew Character and a Red Chestnut in the traps.

Second year male Pied Wagtail ringed at the Obs

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Norfolk Hoopoe still 3.10pm Winterton north of Beach Road car park in North Dunes tho elusive NR29 4DD
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT over wood opposite car park at 1.01pm IP26 4NQ
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.39pm Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes between totem pole +car park +showing well
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton at Low Road. White Wagtail in paddocks
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich near The Bell pub
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich at Castle Mall Gardens at 12.05pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand still Breydon Water
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.50am Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes near totem pole tho mobile
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.25am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.48am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes opposite lighthouse
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.38am Winterton on east side of South Dunes
Norfolk probable Lesser White-fronted Goose ad Eccles flew SE over dunes
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.05am Winterton North Dunes north of totem pole then flew towards beach car park
Norfolk possible Lesser White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Mundesley at 8.44am
Norfolk possible Lesser White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Sheringham at 8.24am
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA west of track by Snipe's Marsh at 7am
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Titchwell RSPB still +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton North Dunes 300yds north of totem pole at 7.10am