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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 4th April 2020

With winds turning southerly there was some sign of further migrants arriving today with 10+ Chiffchaffs around the reserve and a Firecrest heard singing near the Dell early morning. A single Ruff was on the NWT and there was more raptor activity with 3 Red Kites and 10+ Buzzards. A single Redpoll and Siskin flew over calling.

Butterflies were on the wing in the sunshine with 2 Brimstones, 4 Peacocks, a Green-veined White and a Small Tortoiseshell seen during the day.

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Norfolk Velvet Scoter Heacham off South Beach
Norfolk 2+Common Scoters flew over Hempton at 12.59am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh at 9.15am
Norfolk 2+Common Scoters flew over Norwich at 1.15am [identified from sound recording]
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Cley
Norfolk no sign of Cattle Egret Limpenhoe in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew SSE over Horsford
Norfolk 2+Common Scoters y'day flew over Swaffham at 11.19pm
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes just south of West Runton flew west at 11.22am
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Northrepps flew NW over Hungry Hill at 10.40am
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans flew over Winterton
Norfolk Osprey Kelling Heath in tree at 7am then flew off
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Common Crane y'day Great Ryburgh flew north over River Wensum in a'noon
Norfolk Raven East Barsham still at church at 7am