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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd November 2019

The Glossy Ibis was again showing well for much of the day near Thornham Harbour. Also of interest today on the sea 106 Wigeon, 61 Teal, 2 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 112 Common Scoters, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Gannet, 7 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot were of note, while also in Thornham Harbour Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and 5 Twite were of note. A Short-eared Owl was on the NWT reserve, with 2 Cetti's Warblers and 3 Rock Pipits also of interest.

The Glossy Ibis on the flooded fields - Thornham Harbour, November 2019

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Norfolk 2.Waxwings Snettisham RSPB again 50yds along path from car park at 2.30pm
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Burnham Overy Staithe still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still 3pm on Lady Fen +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford again at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still mid a'noon tho distant
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still 2pm Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 2.06pm Thornham Harbour on flood by footpath west of car park +showing well
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 8.Bewick's Swans near Horsey Corner this morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w (Polish-ringed) Thetford still on roof at Burrell Way early a'noon
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still +2.Long-tailed Ducks +44.Russian White-fronted Goose flew south
Norfolk Hooded Crow between Horsey +Winterton still 1.32pm in bare field west of plantation viewed from coast path tho distant. Purple Sand on groyne but no sign of Raven
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 1.12pm TF.896.458
Norfolk 7.probable Taiga Bean Geese flew south over Happisburgh this morning
Norfolk 2.White-fronted Geese Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at dawn then flew off with Pink-footed Geese. Bonxie on beach 500yds west of beach car park at 1.05pm
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 12.28pm Thornham Harbour on flood by footpath west of car park +showing well
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) south of Langham in sugar beet field at Field Dalling in field then flew NW with Pink-footed Geese +5.Tundra Bean Geese (+20.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk repeat: LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad south of Langham in sugar beet field at Field Dalling in field then flew NW with Pink-footed Geese
MEGA Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad Field Dalling in field then flew towards Holkham with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still late morning Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 11.21am north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still at west end tho distant
Norfolk 4.Slav Grebes Holkham Bay still
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 9.42am Thornham Harbour on flood by footpath west of car park +showing well
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh +showing well (+50+Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed NW from gate east of old railway bridge at 8.45am TF.911.441
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton North Dunes west of plantation
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 8.45am Thornham Harbour on flood by footpath west of car park
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still Thornham Harbour on flood by footpath west of car park at 8.05am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide. Spotted Redshank on tidal pool. Great White Egret Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide. Spotted Redshank on tidal pool. Great White Egret Thornham Marsh