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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 19th October 2019

On the sea today 40 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 24 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Puffins, 24 Guillemots, 2 Kittiwakes, and 20 Little Gulls were notable, while around the reserves 2 Red Kites, a Water Rail, a Greenshank, 10 Snipe and 7 Jays were counted. At the Observatory 4+ Cettis Warblers, a Blackcap, a Grey Wagtail, 9 Rock Pipits (1 ringed), 30 Siskins and 35 Reed Buntings were counted, a Chiffchaff was near the village hides and 5 Stonechats were in the dunes. On the grazing marsh 40+ Canada Geese and 5 Barnacles were counted.

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Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Snow Bunting Thornham at 1.10pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods in The Dell at 2.11pm tho mobile
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh from sea wall at 12.30pm
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore at 1pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still at north end of sea wall at 1pm +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB west of path on grazing marsh at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham at tank shelter on east prom at 10.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 11.13am +Jack Snipe on lagoon
Norfolk 1+Little Gull Titchwell RSPB +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB again on mud at 9.10am on ebbing tide
Norfolk Shorelark Cley on beach between East Bank +North Scrape briefly 9.10am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Brancaster Staithe still by toilet block at harbour at 9.05am
Norfolk 3.Black-throated Divers flew west past Cley
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 8.20am
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Sheringham cemetery on east side at 8am