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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 30th November 2019

Highlights today were 2 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 10 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Fulmars offshore, a Red Kite on the grazing marsh where 450 Golden Plover and 100+ Lapwings were also noted, with 3 Water Rails and 2 Cetti's Warblers near the Broadwater edge, a Stonechat south of the lagoon, a Rock Pipit flying over calling and 10 Twite in Thornham Harbour.

A Peacock butterfly was flying in the sunshine.

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Norfolk Eagle Owl Winterton still 2.40pm in garden
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still 2.30pm SW of fishing platform tho distant
Norfolk Eagle Owl Winterton still in garden this morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Winterton North Dunes south of concrete blocks at double toad pool
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still 1.15pm SW of fishing platform tho distant
Norfolk Hooded Crow between Horsey +Winterton still on grazing marsh in sheep field by 1st beach ramp south of Horsey Gap at 12.50pm
Norfolk 3.Slav Grebes Cley NWT on sea off Arnold's Marsh early a'noon
Norfolk Waxwing y'day Stiffkey by A149
Norfolk again no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB (but 35+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk Velvet Scoter flew east past Titchwell RSPB at 10.30am +3.Long-tailed Ducks still
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Burnham Overy Staithe still 11.10am in channel on west side
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad Cley NWT still from East Bank at 10.40am with c150.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still SW of fishing platform at 10.10am tho distant
Norfolk Little Auk Cley NWT flew west past beach car park mid morning
Norfolk 2+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Waxwing Sheringham on wire by cemetery
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Burnham Overy Staithe still in channel
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley NWT flew past beach car park
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 14+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still by barn
Norfolk Little Auk y'day flew east past Cromer 7.20-11.20am (+4.Little Gulls. 2.Great Northern Divers flew west)