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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 21st May 2020

A few more birds today, with the day starting with two Spoonbills watched feeding on the Broadwater. A Little Ringed Plover flew over calling and Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the marsh. A sign of some migration, with a Spotted Flycatcher in the pines at the rear of the Obs and a male Ring Ouzel at the western end. Two Wheatears, presumably destined for more northern clines, appeared midday alighting briefly on the east bank.

Northern Wheatear

Spotted Flycatcher

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Norfolk Raven just east of Wells at North Point in pig field south of A149 at 8.20am then flew west (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over West Runton at 6.08am
Norfolk no sign of fem.Woodchat Shrike Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow by 7.45am (but male Quail singing in field west of track)