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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 17th December 2019

A dull, grey and misty day which seemed to limit Pink-foot activity, with only around 800 birds on the Grazing Marsh. Ten Twite were again around Thornham Harbour, with a Barn Owl also noted hunting there at first light.  Closer to the Obs, Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail were both vocal around the Broadwater and a male Blackcap was in the Sea Buckthorn near the NWT car park.

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