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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 6th Friday 2020

On the sea today 4 drake Eiders, a female Red-breasted Merganser flew east and 4 Great Crested Grebes were of note. A Red Kite drifted over west, 2 Water Rails were heard and 110 Black-tailed Godwits, 60 Golden Plover and 400 Lapwings were on the grazing marshes. A total of 12 Stonechats were in the area of the sea wall between Holme and Thornham. A Barn Owl was hunting at the east end of the village and at least 2 Cetti's Warblers were also seen.

Four Dotted Borders were in and around the moth traps and three newts were in the pond.

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Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 3.40pm TF.896.458
Norfolk 140.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from hide mid a'noon. 7.Velvet Scoters still on sea with 4,000+Common Scoters
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Snettisham RSPB in scrub between path +beach at 12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Clippesby Mill +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk Caspian Gull Cromer on beach this a'noon
Norfolk Osprey flew east over Kelling Water Meadow at midday
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB flew east over beach this morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.26pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in bush viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 9.35am
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem flew east over Cley NWT
Norfolk Black Brant reported Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford again at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 9.30am. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Holkham still Holkham Gap in dunes at 10.08am
Norfolk 102.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove north of Raven's Farm junction +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Blakeney Harbour at 8.39am
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 7.39am. Do not block gate