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Holme Bird Observatory Wednseday 12th February 2020

The Twite were again in Thornham Harbour with a count of nine made mid morning. A half hour sea-watch was rather quiet, with twelve Fulmars, two Red-throated Divers and a Guillemot noted.

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Norfolk 35.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
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 Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT again on Simmond's Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 2.48pm
Norfolk 31+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still 1.45pm in field west of Herbert Woods boatyard viewed from footpath by Latham's car park
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still 12.30pm
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham still at Poplar Farm in sugar beet field
Norfolk Little Gull flew NW past Mundesley 7.15-10.15am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT from Avocet Hide at 11.14am
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still by Fritton Road
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in field by footpath west of Herbert Woods boatyard
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 9.56am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 12.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 9.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn at puddles by sea wall at 9.23am TF.728.443
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool