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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 29th January 2020

The Snow Bunting flock was again on the beach at the mouth of Thornham Harbour, this time 34 in total and in the company of around 50 Linnets, including the leucistic individual, 15 Skylarks and two Twite. On the sea there were four Eider, which included three adult drakes.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.41pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at midday
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 2.30pm. From The Avenue use public car park at end of private road to sailing club TG.308.167
Norfolk 7+Hawfinches still 2.05pm Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach this morning
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+10+Snow Buntings still +2+Velvet Scoters still) TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by mill at 9.33am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 1.08pm
Norfolk 50+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still viewable from gate at A149/ B1155 junction at 1pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Staithe from car park at 12.35pm
Norfolk Purple Sand just south of Horsey at groyne.42
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton still north of North Dunes north of pine plantation at 12.25pm +Raven still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 34.Snow Buntings Thornham Harbour still west of mouth +2.Twite still
Norfolk 15.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 10.36am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 10.20am
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea. Snow Bunting at point
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK (or hybrid) ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel NE of NWT visitor centre at 9.50am
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 9.59am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 10.10am 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
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 on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male NW of Downham Market at Marshland St.James over field west of Middle Level Drain at 9.05am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Snettisham RSPB (+2.Short-eared Owls)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley on sea by beach car park at 9.35am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still off sailing club at 9.18am TG.308.167