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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 30th March 2020

A little less windy today but still with a stiff north breeze and a few showers also moving through fairly rapidly. The grazing marshes remained busy with wildfowl, over 100 Teal being counted today together with 300+ Wigeon and 200+ Brent Geese. Over 600 Starlings were also feeding there. Two Common Buzzards were in the dunes in the morning. A flock of 15 Linnets on the east bank contained the largely albino bird seen over the winter in Thornham Harbour, looking very like a Snow Bunting but with a tell-tale pink flush on the breast feathers. A Cetti's Warbler was singing nearby and 2 adult Med Gulls, still in winter plumage, were calling over the Broadwater. A Tawny Owl was hooting in the village early morning and 7 Chiffchaffs and a male Blackcap were counted in the wider recording area, with a male Bullfinch also noted.

In the moth trap a Hebrew Character and an Early Grey were present.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse just east of Iron Road on marshes from A149 at 10am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Upton Marshes NWT on east side of river
Norfolk Purple Heron ad Cley NWT in SW corner in ditch by A149 till 9.50am then flew west