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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 2nd October 2019

As expected attention was largely on the sea today which unfortunately didn't produce as much activity as was hoped. Birds of note though included five Pomarine Skuas, the majority adults with 'spoons', six Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies, two Manx Shearwaters and 40 Gannets. Wader numbers included counts of 950 Grey Plover and on the reserve a high count of Jays, 44, was made in the pines by the Observatory. On the ringing front a Rock Pipit was trapped and ringed, a Greenshank was on the Broadwater again and a Yellow-browed Warbler was heard and seen on the approach road near Redwell Marsh mid afternoon.

Rock Pipit by Theo Declermont

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Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy still east of sea wall at 3.05pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme at Redwell Marsh in hawthorn hedge near hide
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley flew west past beach car park at 2.56pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley flew in off sea
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Sheringham
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 3+Common Cranes (1+juv) Welney WWT still from Friends Hide
Norfolk 4.Pom Skuas flew past Holme Dunes 7.10-11.30am
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at 12.30pm: 2.in trees 200yds west of Joe Jordan Hode, 1.in trees 200yds east of Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk no sign of any Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from main observatory at 12.20pm. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods TF.910.455
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9.34am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Pom Skuas flew west past Holme Dunes
Norfolk Cory's S'water Cley flew east past beach car park at 8.41am
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew east past Sheringham at 8.26am
Norfolk Snow Bunting y'day Cromer by lighthouse at bottom of steps at 10.59am +showing well
Norfolk Osprey on Monday Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk 2.hybrid Ruddy Shelduck x Egyptian Goose y'day east of Runham in evng (not Ruddy Shelducks)