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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 28th March 2020

With the wind strengthening in the north east overnight and during the day, conditions for migration could hardly have been poorer, and this was reflected in a very dull census. A suspicious increase in both Porchard (7) and Tufted Duck (11) on the Broadwater suggested they'd either been hiding or that a few more had arrived, and a single Redwing was in the pines in the morning. A male Blackcap was near the Heligoland trap, while offshore little was evident but 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Great Crested Grebe were just on the edge of the waves. Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff again made themselves heard, with a Tawny Owl calling in the village at first light.

There were no moths or butterflies today, but a couple of the fat bumble bees were still making an effort.

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Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road at 6.40pm
Norfolk Great White Egret on Wednesday Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk Common Scoter flew over Brundall overnight [identified from sound recording]
Norfolk Cuckoo singing Methwold at 6am