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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 3rd January 2020

A Waxwing was again at the Richardson Hide and later was trapped and ringed, proving to be an immature (probably female). The bird sat in the pines after release. Other birds of interest included a male Blackcap also ringed, 220 Golden Plover, 110 Lapwings, 46 Curlew, and a Barn Owl hunting south of the Broadwater. A Stonechat and Bullfinch were heard.

The Waxwing spent much of the day feasting on rosehips - Holme Bird Obs, January 2020

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 3.19pm
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Holkham opposite cafe at 3.05pm with Egyptian Geese
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still mid a'noon Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 5+Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl NW of Wells north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge mid a'noon TF.911.441
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Gresham on flood near old workhouse at 12.30pm
Norfolk 55.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 12.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey in fields at Horsey Corner
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend cTG.428.069
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still this a'noon Holkham Park Lake +2.Ravens still
Norfolk Grey Phal flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 11.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marshes near sewage works
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still early a'noon Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 21.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 12.20pm
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still +2.Long-tailed Ducks still
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad south of Titchwell south of Choseley Drying Barns at midday +3.Tundra Bean Geese
Norfolk 30+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle east of East Bank
Norfolk Little Auk Cley on sea off beach car park (2.Black-throated Divers flew past 9.30am-11am +2.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 11am Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 11.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese just east of Weybourne east of mill at 11.10am with Pink-footed Geese (+5.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10.35am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake near island at 10.40am
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese just east of Weybourne still east of mill with c2,000.Pink-footed Geese (+3.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+c60.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
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 at 10.05am TF.911.441
Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 9.55am Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1/2ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 40+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from A149 gate at 9.40am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 1/2ml SW of Fring still in field by minor road at 9.15am with Pink-footed Geese TF.732.342
Norfolk Waxwing on Wednesday Norwich on Earlham Road at St.Thomas Church in morning NR2 3RF
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c1ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Red-crested Pochards (both drks) Colney GPs viewable from Bishy Barnebee Way
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Warham Greens still