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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 14th December 2019

Another spectacle of over 7,000 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh today, and along the shore 6 Pintail flew west before heading inland towards Thornham Harbour. A juvenile Peregrine drifted over the NWT centre mid morning.

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Norfolk repeat: LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad just SW of Burnham Market in field by B1155 at c2.35pm then flushed +flew over Stanhoe with c5,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Black Brant reported near Cley with Pink-footed Geese
MEGA Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad just SW of Burnham Market by B1155 at c2.35pm then flushed +flew over Stanhoe with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w till 12.55pm Norwich at Earlham Marsh then flushed
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w Norwich at Earlham Marsh early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +8.Common Cranes flew south over Bank Farm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk 5.Pale-bellied Brent Geese (2.ads +3.juv) Cley NWT at 11.05am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese. View from beach car park
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 10.10am +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk 8.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewed from river bank between hide +1st corner towards railway left of pipes
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still near railway