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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 14th September 2019

A sunny warm day with light winds, 9 Little and a single Great White Egret were recorded, with a single Spoonbill flying west. Raptors included 2 Red Kites, 2 Hobbies and a juvenile Peregrine. On the Broadwater 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Greenshank were of note, and a Med Gull was with Black-headed Gulls hawking insects over the grazing marsh. A Barn Owl was hunting on the NWT reserve and a Tawny Owl was heard at the Obs, with Grey and Pied Wagtails over calling. Ringing produced 66 birds and a notable movement of Blackcaps with 19 caught during the morning, as well as 10 Meadow Pipits, 9 Blue Tits, and 2 Lesser Whitethroats among the catch.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still 3.15pm by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle west of main footpath north of car park from 2nd gate
Norfolk 30+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey