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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 10th October 2019

A quiet and blustery day. On the grazing marsh 4 Barnacle Geese were with a mixed flock of Canadas and Egyptians, and at least 200 Pink-feet were also recorded. A single Black-tailed Godwit was near the Broadwater. Three Rock Pipits flew over calling.

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Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe in flight over cattle mid morning
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Cley NWT flew in off sea this morning then flew west towards Blakeney Point
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at cemetery still mid a'noon +2.Ring Ouzels
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley +just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at south end at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Sheringham at Beeston Common mid a'noon: 1.by east path near 2.sallows beyond 1st hill, 1.behind pillbox
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common by east path near 2.sallows beyond 1st hill this a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section
Norfolk no sign of Y-br.Wblr Strumpshaw Fen RSPB near road by sewage works late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB till 1.14pm then flew south over River Yare
Norfolk Grey Phal still 1.27pm Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets NE of Burnham Overy Staithe still on marsh with cattle at 1.21pm +Great White Egret still tho distant
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Sheringham at cemetery at 12.55pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 12.45pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham still late morning at cemetery at SW end +Ring Ouzel still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at Snipes Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Grey Phal still 12.10pm Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Main Observatory at 11.39am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still in field from hide at 11.53am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail WSW of Harleston at Rushall over fields at 9.05am
Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Warham Greens west of north end of Garden Drove in hedge 100yds west of pit by late morning (but Ring Ouzel Whinchat) TF.938.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Fen Hide +Jack Snipe. Y-br.Wblr near road by sewage works
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Grey Phal Thornham Point behind dunes on pool near old watchtower at 10.12am
Norfolk Bittern NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 10.09am then flew east
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at cemetery at 9.05am
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans (2.ads +juv) Great Yarmouth flew west over Britainnia Pier
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham at cemetery