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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 3rd October 2019

On the sea today 26 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 105 Common Scoters, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 5 Gannets and 6 Great Crested Grebes were recorded. A Purple Sandpiper was on the beach and very tame, with 2 Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank on the NWT reserve. A Swallow and 5 House Martins, a Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Stonechats3 Grey Wagtails, 80 Meadow Pipits and 4 Rock Pipits were among the migrants recorded. Four Yellow-browed Warblers were around the recording area, with two in the paddocks, one in the car park area and another on the Obs reserve.

A busy day of ringing produce a total of 93 birds, including Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting and Long-tailed Tit.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Corncrake Sheringham flew in off sea at east end of promenade then landed behind last beach hut
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hde +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood this a'noon with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr east of Warham Greens by coast path near large log
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Bump east of pit near caravan park hedge briefly this a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale trapped +ringed this morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB west of visitor centre behind staff car park at 1.29pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT with cattle from Reedbed Hide at 1.02pm. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew NW past Happisburgh at 10.18am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines 100yds west of Joe Jordan Hide still 12.30pm with tit flock
Norfolk Pied Fly Stiffkey at Campsite Wood in middle
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end at 12.45pm with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Grey Phal Weybourne Camp this morning (+Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Purple Sand Holme Dunes on beach then flew off
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at end of Garden Drove
Norfolk report of Cattle Egret on Saturday 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR was erroneous
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml ENE of Stiffkey by A149 at Stiffkey Fen just beyond kissing gate tho elusive +13.Spoonbills flew west
Norfolk report of Little Bittern Thetford at Spring Walk was erroneous
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes YWT in car park at 11.30am +Great White Egret flew over
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines behind Washington Hide at 11.10am
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Little Bittern Thetford at Spring Walk
Norfolk Velvet Scoter ad.drk Cley flew west past beach car park at 10.30am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 9.16am
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Waxham south of Shangri-la Chalet in bushes by coast path near end of 1st sugar beet field
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr just NE of Titchwell in sycamores on east side of north end of Gypsy Lane tho elusive
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines still 200yds west of Joe Jordan Hide at 8.05am