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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 5th March 2020

On the sea today 10 Eider and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were of note, and on the marsh 110 Black-tailed Godwits were counted. A Barn Owl was hunting in the village and a male Blackcap was on the reserve. Four Snow Buntings were seen from Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 2.07pm (+16.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.03am
Norfolk no sign of any Smew Filby Broad late morning
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.01am
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Thornham Point on beach west of main track at 10.22am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove north of Raven's Farm junction on wires at c10.10am +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR still on south side at 8.58am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Brancaster in channel east of golf clubhouse at 7.38am
Norfolk Scaup fem y'day Holme NWT on Broadwater