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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 7th January 2020

The Waxwing was still present but very elusive, seen and heard in Sea Buckthorn near the car park twice during the day. A Red-necked Grebe was on the sea and waders on the beach included 43 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 Sanderlings, 60 Curlews, 36 Dunlin and 12 Golden Plover. On the grazing marsh were 200 Lapwings, 460 Golden Plovers and a variety of wildfowl including over 800 Wigeon.

The Waxwing again, now favouring food sources near the car parks - Holme Bird Obs, January 2020

Two Bearded Tits were in reeds near the Broadwater Hide and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier flew east over the back of the marsh mid-afternoon.

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Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem Ranworth Broad mid morning
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad Holkham still east of Lady Anne's Drive with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Waxwing Holme Dunes NWT still. Red-necked Grebe on sea
Norfolk 22+Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB
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 TF.911.441
Norfolk 12+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn this morning
Norfolk 7+Tundra Bean Geese NE of Docking just north of Sunderland Farm this a'noon with c9,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 25.Russian White-fronted Geese Wickhampton Marshes
Norfolk 70+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 2.29pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 22.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton west of Collis Lane from layby by aerials at 2.05pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Weybourne in fields just NW of windmill at 2.01pm (+5.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Buckenham in field north of station at 1.45pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese still East Somerton west of Collis Lane from layby by aerials at 1.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.31pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk no sign of 1w.male.Desert Wheatear Eccles-on-Sea south of caravan park between Breezy Two +Idle Hour. Park at Cart Gap +walk south TG.406.293
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still (+100+Russian White-fronted Geese still. Great White Egret at west end)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley on sea at 12.06pm. 30.Snow Buntings still on beach
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NWT at Gore Point
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 11.47am (+Snow Bunting Short-eared Owl) TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still west of barn
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich at Earlham Marsh at midday then flew off
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake late morning +Great White Egret still
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.39am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour in channel
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 9.45am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no news on 1w.male.Desert Wheatear Eccles-on-Sea south of caravan park between Breezy Two +Idle Hour. Park at Cart Gap +walk south cTG.406.293
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still opposite Two Lifeboats pub at 9.10am
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w Wells at green near chandlery shop at 9.10am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. Purple Sand on beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Flitcham at Abbey Farm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again then flew west
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 +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Roydon Common NWT again 3.50pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male on Sunday Roydon Common NWT at 3.50pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Grimston Warren at 1.05pm