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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 15th October 2019

Despite a rotten start weather-wise, a busy migration day with 249 Brents, 340 Wigeon, 74 Teal, 2 Eider, 96 Common Scoter 73 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot offshore, a total of 13 Pintail, 117 Lapwings, 4 Water Rails, a Greenshank, 40+ Skylarks, 2 Swallows, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 500+ Starlings, a Ring Ouzel, 20+ Blackbirds, 60 Song Thrushes, 250 Redwings, 150+ Robins, a Redstart, single Stonechat and Wheatear, 200+ Meadow Pipits, 15 Rock Pipits (2 ringed) and 150 Siskins among the birds counted for the day.

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Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Horsey +Ring Ouzel Great White Egret
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1.5mls NNE of Wells near East Hills late a'noon
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holkham Pines south of track just east of Joe Jordan Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse over grazing marsh east of Gramborough Hill +Ring Ouzel flew south
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes between boardwalk +west end of Holkham Pines. Short-eared Owl Gun Hill
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew over Muckleburgh Hill this a'noon
Norfolk Dartford Warbler West Runton in beet field by Beach Road
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Heacham South Beach this morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton Dunes late morning: 1.near plantation at north end, 1.in sallow by path
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cley NWT flew in off sea +150.Little Gulls flew east +Snow Bunting flew in off then over Beach Hotel
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Stiffkey at Campsite Wood at east end +Y-br.Wblr. Y-br.Wblr 300yds west of campsite car park. Also Great White Egret
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still on mudflats at 9.43am on ebbing tide
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT flew in off sea this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Happisburgh flew in off sea
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Warham Greens east of north end of Garden Drove at 12.40pm +male.Hen Harrier west west at 12.45pm
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Sidestrand
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh by track to old coastwatch building
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Happisburgh still on north side of paddocks this a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common by south path this morning
Norfolk 8.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines between Lady Anne's Drive +west end this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park in bushes north of crossbank at 9.45am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove in copse at midday
Norfolk Barred Warbler Titchwell at Gypsy Lane late morning (+2.Y-br.Wblrs) TF.764.442
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Salthouse at Sarbury Hill
Norfolk Wryneck reported 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA flew from pines near top late morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens c500yds west of north end of Garden Drove in hedgerow at 11.29am
Norfolk Y-br-Wblr Holkham Pines still TF.874.452. Great White Egret flew over Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB still on East Trail +Y-br.Wblr still +3.Spoonbills on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still from Main Observatory +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Snettisham RSPB at high tide
Norfolk 35.Little Gulls Cley off coastguards at 9.30am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still at last bend before boardwalk at 9.14am with cattle +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr just east of Wells just north of North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9am +Great White Egret. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day flew south over Hunstanton Cliffs