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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 18th December 2019

A Sea watch mid morning produced a Great Northern Diver and a drake Long-tailed Duck and nearby Thornham Harbour a drake Goldeneye, Spotted Redshank, Peregrine and four Twite.

Spotted Redshank-Thornham Harbour

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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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 at 2.41pm TF.911.441
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes till 1.06pm at Stone Yard Road then flew east
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market till 2.13pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road then flew west with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 4.WHITE-BILLED DIVERS on 8th December Waxham
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market still 1.42pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 3.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by metal gate just west of pipes at 1.16pm (+5+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 1.05pm
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market still 1.01pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 4.Twite Thornham Harbour still at coal barn +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market still 12.06pm at Beacon Hill in field west of Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese. Park on concrete pad to south +walk north TF.832.408
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans SW of Fakenham flew NW over East Raynham
Norfolk 14.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still 11.33am
Norfolk Waxwing SW of King's Lynn on wires by A47 1ml SW of A17/A47 roundabout
Norfolk repeat: LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad Burnham Market in field west of Beacon Hill Road at 11.15am with Pink-footed Geese TF.832.408
Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad Burnham Market in field west of Beacon Hill Road at 11.15am with Pink-footed Geese TF.832.408
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Holme Dunes on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe. Water Pipit on freshmarsh. Spotted Redshank still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still at Stone Yard Road
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB