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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 3rd February 2020

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 42 Common Scoters, a single Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars and 4 Great Crested Grebes were seen. A Peregrine was hunting and 2 Stonechats were near the first NWT hide, with 10 Twite still in Thornham Harbour and 3 Water Pipits in field north-west of the village hides.

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Norfolk Shorelark Waxham still at Waxham Sands Holiday Park viewed from coast path at 2.35pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still +30.Snow Buntings
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with horses north of A149 at 1.40pm
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay +2.Velvet Scoters still
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still 12.35pm
Norfolk 36.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield at 10.08am
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 12.10pm tho mobile (+40.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
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 11.29am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 11.02am 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 at 10.30am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Velvet Scoter juv Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 10.38am
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshses still near Branch Road
Norfolk Black Redstart still Potter Heigham at Herbert Woods boatyard at 9.11am
Norfolk 19+Tundra Bean Geese Waxham at Poplar Farm in sugar beet field with 2,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 27.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum +2.Ravens
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings y'day Snettisham RSPB mid a'noon +2.Russian White-fronted Geese