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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 27th January 2020

On the sea today 3 Eiders, 26 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers, 16 Fulmars, and 10 Great Crested Grebes were counted, with a Peregrine over the grazing marsh, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl of note, 4 Stonechats in the horse paddocks, and at least 62 Snow Buntings on the beach at the very east end of the dunes.

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Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT at north end of Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton still north of North Dunes in paddock just NW of Bramble Hill this a'noon +Raven still
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still 1.28pm north of A149 in horse field by Marsh House Farm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.40pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk no sign of 1w.male.Blue-headed Eastern Yellow Wagtail (nominate form tschutschensis) 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm this morning PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk 14.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh west of Lady Anne's Drive +2.ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance on north side west of path. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Burnham Overy still in field by A149 with Pink-footed Geese (7.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes from sea wall)
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 12.15pm behind visitor centre. Entry £2. View from a sensible distance
Norfolk 42.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach north of Arnold's Marsh late morning
Norfolk 62.Snow Buntings Thornham Harbour mouth at 11.56am +Twite
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn briefly 11.25am
Norfolk no news on 1w.male.Blue-headed Eastern Yellow Wagtail (nominate form tschutschensis) 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 11.25am off sailing club tho distant TG.308.167
Norfolk Caspian Gull flew SE past Sidestrand early morning
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 10.23am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2w +1w) Sheringham on beach
Norfolk 10.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn at 10.03am +Great White Egret still TG.420.124
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still off sailing club at 10.10am TG.308.167
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Cley flew east past beach car park at 9.54am
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still behind visitor centre at 9.06am. £2 entrance. View from a sensible distance
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still off Cross Street at end of lane to church at 9.10am