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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Ten Twite were again  in Thornham Harbour and in the harbour mouth there was a single Snow Bunting and a Greenshank. Around 2000 Pink-feet arrived on the Grazing Marsh early afternoon and birds noted on the sea included three Eider.

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Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still mid a'noon by car park
Norfolk reported Black Brant Holkham Gap at 9.53am was an ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose [reidentified from photograph]
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn at 12.50pm then 2.flew off TG.420.124
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes this morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at 12.10pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in field at dung heaps at 10.30am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 10.33am by car park
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings by Blakeney Harbour flew over Blakeney Pit mid morning
Norfolk Black Brant ad reported Holkham Gap at 9.53am
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 9.47am (+53.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk Lapland Bunting y'day flew over Holkham Bay in morning
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 9.30am in car park
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still briefly 8.56am
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still TF.728.443
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Wells still on roof opposite chandlery shop at 9.05am
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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes y'day between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 15.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey
Norfolk no sign of ad.fem.Ferruginous Duck (or hybrid) y'day Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform
Norfolk no sign of Cattle Egret y'day Halvergate Marshes in field south of road west of bend but Short-eared Owl TG.428.069
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes on Monday between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124