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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 31st December 2019

A misty start was followed by a bright sunny day. Birds of note on the sea included a drake Long-tailed Duck and a Red-necked Grebe, and at least six Twite were at Thornham Harbour as well as a Spotted Redshank. Around the observatory itself there were three male Blackcaps and the Tawny Owl was again found roosting in the top of one of the pines.


Tawny Owl-Myrrh Domingo
 
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Norfolk 5.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe at c3.05pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea at 3.03pm +Slav Grebe still +2.Long-tailed Ducks still
Norfolk 4.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe at c3pm
Norfolk 3+Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave still 2.20pm at Hardley Staithe
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 2.05pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls NE of Chedgrave at Hardley Staithe at 10.50am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still +2+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still c1pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still c1pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT +14.Common Cranes
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 23.Russian White-fronted Geese Halvergate Marshes near sewage works
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still this a'noon north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+71+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 90.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh +Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB (but 156.Russian White-fronted Geese. Water Pipit on pool near windpump)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.30am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10.40am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no news on Blue-headed Eastern Yellow Wagtail c1ml north of Sedgeford off Ringstead Road since 9.15am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake +Great White Egret
Norfolk 89.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still at Bloodhill in field by Collis Lane with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese south of Titchwell still north of Choseley Drying Barns
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad just north of Anmer at 10.03am then flew north with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at c9.15am then flushed PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk again no sign of possible ad.Grey-bellied Brant 1/3ml NE of Shernborne but Tundra Bean Goose still then flew east TF.721.325
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret flew south over Thornham at 8.45a
Norfolk 2.Waxwings 1.5mls SE of Colkirk still by B1146 Main Dereham Road at Colkirk Motors mid morning