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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 6th October 2019

A very wet day with a steady passage of Song Thrushes, Redwings and Blackbirds taking place, modest numbers of at least 197, 43 and 11 respectively. A Cetti's Warbler and 4+ Bearded Tits were still near the Broadwater Hide, and a Yellow-browed Warbler was heard at the east end of the pines mid morning. Also of interest were a Common Sandpiper on the Broadwater, a Great White Egret, 4 Snipe flying over, 3 Stonechats and 4+ Rock Pipits.

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Norfolk probable Little Bunting reported West Runton in area with no general access this morning (+2.Short-eared Owls)
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines by Washington Hide briefly 3.30pm then flew east with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT from Bishop Hide at 3.41pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens in crater west of Cocklestrand Drove at 3.14pm
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Cley flew east offshore coastguards at 2.44pm
Norfolk no further sign of Subalpine Warbler sp 1.5mls NNE of Wells at east end of East Hills near lake (but 2.Y-br.Wblrs Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still 2.35pm +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA in pines east of The Firs
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still 2.15pm in willows just west of Joe Jordan Hide tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at Garden Drove
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT still near visitor centre at CleySpy at 12.45pm
Norfolk SUBALPINE WARBLER sp 1.5mls NNE of Wells at east end of East Hills near lake (+Quail Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Walsey Hills NOA still this a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes between pines +boardwalk +2.Ring Ouzels. 5.Cattle Egrets in fields +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham in cemetery at 9.47am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
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. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 6+Y-br.Wbls Holkham Pines north of Lady Anne's Drive +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Wells Woods flew east over The Dell +appeared to land near Abraham's Lagoon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods along path at west end of Pinewoods caravan site