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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 3rd November 2019

Highlights today included 35 Common Scoters, single Red and Black-throated Divers, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Guillemot and 14 Gannets at sea, with a ring-tail Hen Harrier through the dunes, 45 Golden Plover up off the grazing marshes, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank, a Woodcock on the NOA reserve, a Peregrine flying over east, 3 Cetti's Warblers, a Blackcap, single Fieldfare, 6 Rock Pipits, 1 Brambling, and 7 Twite at Thornham Harbour.

A Migrant Hawker dragonfly was still around the NOA centre.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT still mid a'noon on pool west of East Bank
Norfolk Water Pipit NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on brackish pool then flew west +Snow Bunting flew west
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still in south section
Norfolk 7+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still +Red-necked Grebe offshore +Black-throated Diver
Norfolk 45.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach near North Scrape. Red-necked Grebe offshore. Long-tailed Duck on pool west of East Bank. Spotted Redshank Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB in paddocks near Patsy's Pool this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Lesser Whitethroats (probably of an eastern form) West Runton still in weedy beet field by Beach Road
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Brancaster off east end of beach
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Sculthorpe Moor NR flew NE over scrape
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west past Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Weybourne Camp flew in off sea
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB on sea late morning +Slav Grebe 3.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Happisburgh on roof of St.Mary's Church at 9am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne by beach car park at c9.45am then flew south along lane
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach still
Norfolk 2.Little Auks Winterton (+2.Great Northern Divers whale sp)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT from East Bank
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Sheringham on sea +3.Velvet Scoters flew east then west
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT flew in off sea towards East Bank at c8.25am
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach near North Scrape
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Cley again c8.15am flew west past beach car park
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Cley flew east past beach car park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wymondham along River Tiffey by Wymondham Abbey with tit flock [heard only]
15:09 03/11/2019