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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 31st March 2020

A pleasant bright sunny day, even more so with the cold wind having finally relented.
Two Red Kites were over the grazing Marsh, along with two smart breeding plumaged adult Med Gulls around the Broadwater and the male Blackcap again near the Heligoland trap.
A pair of Stonechats including the colour ringed male (from a brood on Dersingham Bog in 2018), was frequenting the saltmarsh east of the obs , with two Grey Partridges also noted nearby.

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Norfolk 2.Ravens flew south over Wiveton at 2.30pm
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 2.Waxwings still Salthouse on east side +just south of A149 at Pintail Close
Norfolk Osprey Tasburgh in dead tree at 7.20am then flew east
Norfolk White Wagtail male y'day West Runton in ploughed field west of Rocky Bottom restaurant