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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 6th February 2020

A Peregrine was seen hunting today with 2 Buzzards and 6 Marsh Harriers also counted. A Spotted Redshank flew over the east bank and a male Blackcap was seen in the shelter of the pines. Other birds of note included 4 Stonechats, 2 Siskins over calling, 10 Twite at Thornham Harbour and at least 12 Snow Buntings also seen on the beach to the north.

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Norfolk Shorelark Horsey on beach at 2.59pm (+3.Purple Sands on breakwater.31)
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes (6.ads) between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still tho mobile
Norfolk 49.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk c60.Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach
Norfolk 12.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh just east of NW corner this morning
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Burgh Castle still in fields at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn
Norfolk 3+Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still
Norfolk 5.Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest +8.Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Great White Egrets TG.457.011
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Blickling Hall on lake
Norfolk c45.Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton still at Bramble Hill in field just NW of plantation +Russian White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshses still from Branch Road mid 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 Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB in dunes west of path
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still off Cross Street in hedge south of St.Nicholas' Church at 8.50am
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Thornham Harbour mouth still +4.Twite still
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk till c8.20am Breydon Water off South Wall east of pumping station then flew towards NE end
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk Breydon Water off South Wall east of pumping station