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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 14th April 2019

A cold and unfriendly day with occasional showers, highlights included a Green Sandpiper along the Broadwater, 2 Sandwich Terns passing offshore, at least 2 Ring Ouzels were in the NWT car park area and another was at the back of Holme village. A Brambling was at the Observatory and a Crossbill was in the pines briefly.

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Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male y'day Blakeney Point
Norfolk Black Redstart male Morston still 3.08pm in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between West Somerton +Horsey still c3.40pm
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney in garden at 8.15am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still Morston c450yds west of Morston Quay mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Horsey south of Horsey Mill +west of road at 3.17pm
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose ad Potter Heigham Marshes still +6.Garganey (4.drks) 2.Common Cranes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view from river bank NR29 5JE
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Breydon Water still 2.50pm in middle scrub behind hide
Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Black Redstart Breydon Water behind hide
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Mundesley on west side on cliff edge briefly 1.15pm then flew inland +no further sign
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road at South Dunes in line with house with new orange-tiled roof at 12.50pm +showing well NR29 4DD
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 12.05pm near hide
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Welney WWT +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 11.20am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide +2+Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Osprey Buckenham Marshes RSPB flew over near wildlife watchpoint at 10.48am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again flew towards Buckenham Marshes RSPB at c10.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Black Redstart male Morston in horse paddock opposite church at 10.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy flew west over marsh
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Wells flew over caravan site by Beach Road
Norfolk 2.Garganey Breydon Water still at North Wall near wind pump
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Little Broad at 6.14am
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Rockland Broad still 6.30am then 1.flew off