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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 7th December 2019

Highlights today were 6 Whooper Swans flying west over the village, over 1600 Wigeon on the grazing marsh, 3 Barnacle Geese, 430 Brents, a Red-throated Diver, a Red Kite drifting over, 3 Water Rails calling near the Broadwater, 60 Golden Plovers, a Greenshank, and a single Rock Pipit at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 1.10pm on shingle ridge 2/3ml west of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey in fields south of Nelson Head track this morning +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marsh from A149 pull-in at 12.35pm +7.Cattle Egrets +2.Ravens flew west over roadside field
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh at 12.24pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay landed c2/3ml west of Holkham Gap at 11.56am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still late morning north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still viewed from riverside footpath opposite Burnt House Road at 11.30am
Norfolk 32.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby from barn at 11.29am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +Long-tailed Duck. 7.Whooper Swans flew west along beach at 8.50am
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at east end of roped-off area then flew south towards pines at 9.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +3.Common Cranes flew SW
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