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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 8th February 2020

A drake Pintail was in front of the Car Park Hide, and on the sea 6 Red-breasted Mergansers were counted. A Peregrine was noted, and 2 Stonechats were on the east bank in the afternoon sunshine.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still +Great White Egret. 45.Snow Buntings Holkham NNR
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still +Great White Egret. 45.Snow Buntings Holkham NNR
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshes still 2.42pm
Norfolk 30+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum this morning
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach this a'noon
Norfolk Hooded Crow Salthouse Heath flew west along ridge at 2.40pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Acle +13.Common Cranes
Norfolk Goshawk juv Dersingham Bog at 12.30pm +2.Ravens Woodlark
Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still this a'noon by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 12.15pm in gardens on Cross Street
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still 10.35am on beach
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+29.Snow Buntings still +3.Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk 19+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 11.05am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +drk.Scaup from Friends Hide
Norfolk 22.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham SW of village tho mobile (+2.Common Cranes)
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Horsey on rocks by post.41 at 11.25am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
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 10am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still at far end
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham +9.Twite
Norfolk 150+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham NNR from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.15am +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3+Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Marshes still over east end at 10am
Norfolk 15+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk Raven Waxham at Poplar Farm in chicken field
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still 9.20am on Billy's Wash
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on breakwater near Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still on Cross Street
Norfolk 14.Snow Buntings Cley flew west over Coastguards
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 8.45am
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 Great White Egret y'day Haddiscoe Marsh