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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 13th September 2019

 A balmy day of sunshine with a decreasing wind swinging into the north, seawatching was good early on with 17 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmars, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 68 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pom Skua, 7 Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie, 1 Little Tern, 17 Sandwich Terns, 13 Common Terns and a Med Gull all recorded. Around the reserves a notable arrival of Pink-feet took place throughout the day with over 762 birds passing through between 6am and 4pm, also of note were 2 Red Kites, 8 Buzzards, a Great White Egret, 20 Golden Plover, one Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, single Snipe, a Kingfisher, juvenile Peregrine hunting wildfowl over the marsh and Broadwater, a Lesser Whitethroat was trapped and ringed as was a single Tree Sparrow, with 2 Stonechats on the east bank.

Tree Sparrow Photo by Carol Mann

This was the first Tree Sparrow ringed at HBO since April 2013

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was still on the buddleias and Ruddy and Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were on the wing near the Observatory. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Painted Lady and Speckled Wood.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still 3pm by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Osprey Thetford flew north over The Nunnery early a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea this morning
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk 2+Curlew Sands y'day Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide in a'noon
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still midday by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station
Norfolk Great White Egret Thornham on saltmarsh
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew west past Sheringham
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still mid morning by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception hide
Norfolk Garganey Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew west past Kelling at c8.25am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station