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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 12th October 2019

On the sea today 20 Common Scoters, single Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, 53 Gannets, a Razorbill, single Sandwich Tern and 3 Kittiwakes were recorded. A male Hen Harrier also came in off the sea, and 3 Lapland Buntings flew over calling. A Peregrine was also noted. At least 5 Cetti's Warblers were in the area, with one retrapped and one new ringed bird caught. A late Willow Warbler was also ringed. Other birds of interest were 15 Song Thrushes, 8 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Stonechats, a Tree Sparrow, 5+ Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings and 7 Siskins.

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Norfolk Grey Phal NW of Titchwell RSPB still 4pm at Thornham Point on shore then flew out to sea
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 5+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance early morning. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Grey Phal Burnham Norton on pool by sea wall 400yds west of junction with track from car park late a'noon
Norfolk Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at Snipes Marsh mid a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Grey Phal till 2.35pm NW of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower then flew off
Norfolk Spoonbill 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 TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Morston on saltmarsh at 10.30am
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER ad.drk still 2.15pm Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Warham Greens TF.943.429
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods still
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts between Hunstanton +Heacham North Beach around chalets at 9.30am
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER ad.drk still 12.48pm Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Choseley drying barns in stubble field 1/4ml from barns
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER ad.drk still this a'noon Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER ad.drk still 11.57am Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe still. 3.Y-br.Wblrs between Burnham Overy Dunes +Lady Anne's Drive, Holkham +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w still 11.50am NW of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB near Patsy's Pool behind overflow car park +Y.br.Wblr still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew Weybourne Camp (+Black-throated Diver 1+Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w again 11.10am NW of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey by Horsey Road opposite pump in field by yellow digger +by maize at 10.52am tho distant
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section at 11.05am
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey still 10.45am by Horsey Road near windpump in field with disused red building
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey Gap flew over car park at 9am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Snettisham RSPB on South Pit at 10.20am
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER drk still 10.19am Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at south end of Snipes Marsh at 9.30am +showing well +Y-br.Wblr still
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe still just inland of sea wall towards Gun Hill at 9.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT flew in off sea at 9.22am +over East Bank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hunstanton flew south over cliffs at 8.55am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still 8.40am with tit flock
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER drk Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8.44am
Norfolk Grey Phal till 8am NW of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower then flew off
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 150yds west of boating lake
Norfolk Grey Phal still NW of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower