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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Highlights today included at least one fly over Hawfinch with two Ring Ouzels reported flying west over Redwell Marsh early morning. Black Redstarts were in Thornham Harbour and another briefly mid afternoon by the Observatory building. Five Mealy Redpolls that were trapped and ringed during the course of the day and up to five Twite were present in and around Thornham Harbour.

One of the day's Mealy Redpolls.
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Norfolk Black Redstart male Weybourne Camp by radar station viewable from coast path
Norfolk Short-toed Lark reported Cley in stubble field behind visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart Thornham Harbour behind bank by coal barn at 2.01pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Hethersett
Norfolk no sign of Red-flanked Bluetail nor Red-breasted Fly 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills (but Y-br.Wblr Ring Ouzel) TF.923.455
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings north of Warham Greens flew over saltmarsh (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still on marsh west of path at 1.25pm
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Happisburgh on cliffs then flew west
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Cley on sea by beach car park this morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide. Great White Egret from Tower Hide then flew towards Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew west near Morston at 11.35am
Norfolk Water Pipit just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance on north side west of path at 10.43am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Hawfinch flew ober Thornham. 4.Twite Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cromer at Cliff Avenue at 10.45am [heard only]
Norfolk Black Redstart male Salthouse at Beach Road early morning
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill briefly at dawn
Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham at Poplar Farm on farmhouse roof
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 9.20am
Norfolk 1+Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB at end of West Bank path
Norfolk Black-throated Diver juv Cley on sea at coastguards at 8.52am +drifting west
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley [heard only]
Norfolk 2.Little Auks y'day Kelling Quags on sea at 10am