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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 16th October 2019

A rather quiet day with an obvious Robin presence the most noteworthy feature, though numbers were nearer to forty than the three figure count of yesterday. Several flyover Siskins and Brambling were also noted. At least one Water Rail was present on the Broadwater and the Barnacle Geese were accompanying the Canada Geese on the Grazing Marsh.

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Norfolk Black Redstart fem Brancaster Staithe still at harbour by toilet block mid a'noon
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB at 2.31pm
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA early a'noon +Siberian Chiffchaff. Jack Snipe Snipes Marsh still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr between West Runton +Sheringham this morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Heacham South Beach briefly 9.15am
Norfolk possible Montagu's Harrier flew over Cley NWT at 8.55am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sheringham in garden
Norfolk Velvet Scoter flew south past Horsey Gap at 10.15am
Norfolk possible Sabine's Gull Cley may have land on sea NE of beach car park at 10.10am tho distant
Norfolk 15.Little Gulls Cley flew east past beach car park
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB on mud at 10.21am on ebbing tide
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs y'day Winterton Dunes. Ring Ouzel at allotments
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Mars
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB along trails
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT on shingle bank north of Arnold's Marsh at 9am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT on shingle bank north of Arnold's Marsh at 9am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Warham Greens just east of whirligig at 8.41am