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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 5th January 2020

On the sea today 4 distant Whooper Swans flew west into the Wash, 11 White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marshes briefly and 2 Barnacle Geese were with Greylags on the Broadwater. Also on the sea 6 Eiders, 2 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 7 Fulmars, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Razorbills and a Red-necked Grebe were seen. The Waxwing was still around the reserves during the day with sightings in the car parks, and other birds of note included 2 Stonechats along Broadwater Road, a Rock Pipit and 10 Twite at Thornham Harbour, and a Snow Bunting over the dunes.

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Norfolk 239.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 2.20pm Eccles-on-Sea west of dunes in gardens at end of caravan park. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE cTG.406.293
Norfolk 76.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 2.40pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham Gap offshore at 2.40pm +7.Velvet Scoters 3.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still mid 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 DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 1.55pm Eccles-on-Sea west of dunes in gardens at end of caravan park. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE cTG.406.293
Norfolk 20.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane near turbines at 1.40pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at 1pm
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 1.10pm Eccles-on-Sea +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 134.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from A149 +4.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Red-crested Pochard fem Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park still on Great Broad from viewing screen at 1pm
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still early a'noon +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 12.25pm Eccles-on-Sea +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk 37.Russian White-fronted Geese Blakeney Freshmarsh viewed from Friary Hills NT at 12.15pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at midday cTG.428.069
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still midday north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in 3rd field north of gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 25.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn this morning
Norfolk 3.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey in flooded field south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still late morning Eccles-on-Sea +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still late morning 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 17.Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane late morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad north of bridge (not Rollesby Broad)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Rollesby Broad from bridge
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Spotted Redshank. Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Spotted Redshank. Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Fring along road to Shernborne mid morning with Pink-footed Geese (+1+Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still (+100+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk 40.Bewick's Swans between Ingham +Sea Palling by B1159 viewable from Heath Farm entrance track
Norfolk 10.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 10.30am
Norfolk 9.Russian White-fronted Geese Titchwell RSPB flew in off sea
Norfolk 4.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Holkham still east of Lady Anne's Drive near The Lookout with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
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 9.55am TF.911.441
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 100yds west of Holkham Gap just south of dunes at 9.37am (c70.Snow Buntings still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area +2.Long-tailed Ducks still offshore)
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by barn TF.728.443
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still Eccles-on-Sea at 9.10am +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach for c3/4ml cTG.406.293
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again flew from roost
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by museum
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 possible Grey-bellied Brant ad SW of Fring again along road to Shernborne with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 70+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from A149
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still 8.10am