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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 1st December 2019

A flock of 8 White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh near the village hides at 8.30am. On the sea today an Eider, 11 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Fulmars and 5 Great Crested Grebes were noted. Over 200 Golden Plover and 100 Lapwings were on the marsh south of the Hun, and 500+ Pink-feet, 95 Brents, 4 Stonechats and 210 Fieldfares were also noted.

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Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters flew past Sheringham this morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk possible Caspian Gull 1w King's Lynn at Fisher Fleet
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still 1.40pm c1ml ESE of Waxham c300yds NW of old pipe dump +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewed from river bank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Holkham Bay still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster in channel between beach +Scolt Head Island this morning +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still 12.50pm c1ml ESE of Waxham c300yds NW of old pipe dump +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk Raven Horsey still at seal colony
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still 12.05pm c1ml ESE of Waxham c300yds NW of old pipe dump +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still by barn at 11.45am
Norfolk 76.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Winterton on beach
Norfolk Little Gull Southrepps in pig fields east of church
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still c10.45am SW of fishing platform tho distant
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly c1ml ESE of Waxham just NW of old pipe dump at c10.35am +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich again flew NW over Bowthorpe mid morning
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+50+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still SW of fishing platform mid morning tho distant
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.30am +Great Northern Diver
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 Snow Bunting Weybourne on beach