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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 13th February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk 200.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still +3+Great White Egrets 5.Spoonbills
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still this a'noon
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Letheringsett by ford with 2.Lesser Redpolls
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still mid a'noon north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge (+Short-eared Owl). Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Waxham still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk Hooded Crow Kelling in field near school at c12.50pm then flew south
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.45pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 6+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still in bush
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Halvergate Marshes still near Branch Road late morning
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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 25+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 1+Velvet Scoter Holkham Bay still +2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at east end briefly mid morning then flew towards Bure Park
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 28.Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach