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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 29th May 2019

The highlight today was a Serin found feeding in amongst a small mixed flock of Linnets and Goldfinches early morning, unfortunately the birds quickly dispersed and there was no further sign.
Other birds of note during the day included a Spotted Flycatcher, a Firecrest, a Spoonbill east, three Grasshopper Warbers and two flyover Yellow Wagtails.

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Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB still at East Trail
Norfolk still no further sign of Serin Holme NOA behind observatory in pines by footpath by 2pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Brancaster still 1.50pm viewed from start of sea wall footpath +showing well
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Beighton
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still 1.03pm in overflow car park
Norfolk no further sign of Serin Holme NOA behind observatory in pines by footpath by 1pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell still by Gypsy Lane at 8am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Brancaster viewed from footpath by Broad Lane at 12.15pm
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Deepdale on pool viewed from coastal path mid morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Deepdale in flight from coastal path mid morning
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day 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 Great White Egret y'day Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Serin Holme NOA behind observatory in pines by footpath at c8.30am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on tidal pool +2.Turtle Doves still in overflow car park
Norfolk Little Gull y'day Titchwell RSPB still +Turtle Dove still