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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 19th January 2020

On the sea 2 Goldeneye and a Guillemot flew east, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers flew west and a Red-throated Diver was on the sea. A Spotted Redshank was in Thornham Harbour and the flock of 10 Twite were also seen.

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Norfolk 5.Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Marshes at 2.30pm
Norfolk c5.Short-eared Owls Burnham Norton. Short-eared Owl Wells flew west
Norfolk c5.Short-eared Owls Burnham Norton. Short-eared Owl Wells flew west
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh mid a'noon
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham harbour still TF.728.443
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 2.39pm
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Burnham Norton this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese between Somerton +Horsey still mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes from A149 layby this a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Haddiscoe Marshes at 1.40pm
Norfolk Great White Egret on Tuesday Burgh Castle flew over River Yare at midday
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still mid a'noon
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1.07pm 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field by dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm tho mobile PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake by north inlet at 12.19pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach at east end of Arnold's Marsh at 12.09pm
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Holkham Bay still 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Burnham Overy
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Caspian Gull Sheringham this 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 by huts late morning. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 2+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still late morning in paddocks tho mobile
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK (or hybrid) ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform at 10am tho elusive
Norfolk no sign of Great White Egret Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (both drks) Hunstanton on sea off cafe
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 11.07am TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby at 10.50am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Staithe
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 10am +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Burnham Overy Staithe in field south of A149 at 9.05am with Pink-footed Geese (Great White Egret Burnham Overy Staithe from harbour car park at 8.45am)
Norfolk 27.Tundra Bean Geese y'day between Somerton +Winterton +Horsey (+110+Russian White-fronted Geese)
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 by 9.15am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Water Pipit Holme NWT still on grazing marsh
Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 8am
Norfolk Great White Egret on Friday Martham Broad +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 20.Tundra Bean Geese on Friday Somerton Holmes (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 61.Snow Buntings y'day Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 96.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day flew SW over Cantley beet factory