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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 31st October 2019

Another clear day with an east breeze, many migrants were again passing straight over the Observatory! A Long-tailed Duck flew past offshore and at least 3 Water Rails were calling around the Broadwater, and 2 Ruff were on the grazing marshes. Two Bearded Tits were near Thornham sluice and a Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps were of note. Also of interest were 3 Fieldfares, 50 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 4 Rock Pipits, 6 Bramblings and 35 Siskins.

The moth traps were turned off today, with 3 Large Wainscots the only species caught.

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Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 11.Little Gulls flew east past Sheringham 6.40-9am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2pm Roydon Common NNR in middle of heath
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew west past Sheringham 6.40-9am +Pom Skua (+Black-throated Diver 9.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets east of Great Yarmouth flew south over Scroby Sands at 1.20pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1.15pm Roydon Common NNR in middle of heath
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +3.Great White Egrets. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Salthouse
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still in south section in sycamores on main path
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters flew west past Weybourne Camp by 10.30am
Norfolk no sign of Pallas's Warbler Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head 7am-midday
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Winterton-on-Sea
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east past Trimingham
Norfolk Osprey flew SE past Mundesley at c11.28am
Norfolk again no sign of Little Bittern Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Reedbed from screen by late morning
Norfolk no further sign of Richard's Pipit East Wretham in arable field across heath from car park by 11.20am cTL.910.888
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh viewed from A149
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day Sea Palling
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Cley NWT at 10.52am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Roydon Common NNR near large scots pine at 10.27am
Norfolk 21.Snow Buntings Cley flew east past coastguards mid morning
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters flew past Cley 7am-8.30am +Little Gull
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew south over Winterton Dunes
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach 50yds west of North Scrape Hide
Norfolk Richard's Pipit East Wretham in arable field across heath from car park with Meadow Pipits
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew past Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Little Auks y'day Burnham Overy Dunes