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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 23rd March 2020

A beautiful day with a visible increase in raptor activity, at least 6 Red Kites and 5 Buzzards were seen, with singles of Peregrine, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all in the recording area. On the grazing marshes 350+ Wigeon and 200+ Brent Geese were still of note, with a Little Ringed Plover on the NWT reserve and 2 Med Gulls flying over calling. At least 3 Cetti's Warblers were heard and 6+ Chiffchaffs were also present, with a Brambling 'wheezing' near Redwell paddock, a Siskin over calling and 5 Twite reported from Thornham Harbour.

Two Hebrew Characters and a March Moth were all that the moth trap had to offer, and a single Peacock butterfly was in a sheltered corner near the Heligoland trap.

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road at 3.40pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront by The Two Lifeboats pub at 4pm
Norfolk Firecrest Hopton-on-Sea early a'noon
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich flew north over University of East Anglia at 2.22pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Common Crane flew south over Brancaster at 1.10pm
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end +5.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires at 11.34am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +Great White Egret stillNorfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road at 3.40pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront by The Two Lifeboats pub at 4pm
Norfolk Firecrest Hopton-on-Sea early a'noon
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich flew north over University of East Anglia at 2.22pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Common Crane flew south over Brancaster at 1.10pm
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end +5.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires at 11.34am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +Great White Egret still