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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 6th April 2020

A movement of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Robins was noted at the Observatory today, with a Swallow and 4 Sand Martins flying over west at 10am. A group of 47 Golden Plover flew over west and 16+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the NWT pools. Two Snipe dropped in on the grazing marsh and 200+ Brent Geese were also present, with 2 Pink-feet still remaining. At least 8 Med Gulls were of interest and 3 Cetti's Warblers were heard, while 20+ Chiffchaffs and 10+ Blackcaps were in the scrub.

The moths continued to be on strike with single Hebrew Character and Small Quaker again today. Around the reserve 2 Peacocks and a Green-veined White were seen in the afternoon sunshine.

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Norfolk Whimbrel y'day flew over Thetford at 11.58pm [identified from sound recording]
Norfolk White Stork Great Ryburgh flew SE over River Wensum
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Breydon Water at South Wall +2.Sedge Warblers 2.Whimbrel. 2.Yellow Wagtails flew west
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse
Norfolk Pied Fly NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill briefly this morning but no further sign +male.Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Great White Egret Wiveton in poplars by river south of stone bridge at cmidday
Norfolk 2+Ring Ouzels Felmingham +Wheatear
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne this morning +2.Yellow Wagtails flew west
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Upton Marshes NWT +Great White Egret
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels flew west over Sheringham: 6.at 8.30am, 2.at 8.43am
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west past Salthouse 8am-8.45am
Norfolk Whimbrel y'day flew north over Hingham at 12.30pm
Norfolk Bittern y'day west of Norwich at West Earlham flew NNW over Bevan Close at 11.16pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cley still in hedge by Glandford Road at 8.13am
Norfolk Bittern y'day Norwich flew over Stafford Street at 0.06am