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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 21st September 2020

 

Highlights today were 4+ Yellow-browed Warblers reported around the recording area, 2+ Pied Flycatchers on the NWT reserve with a Spotted Flycatcher also noted. A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen from the Car Park Hide late afternoon. On the sea 250 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 12 Gannets, a Guillemot and 14 Sandwich Terns were seen, with the high tide producing 1800+ Oystercatchers and 10,000+ Knot.

A good day for visual migration, with 62 Pink-feet, 12 Brent Geese, 3 Red Kites, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Snipe, an adult Med Gull, a Tawny Owl, 2 Water Rails, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Bearded Tits, 5 Swallows, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Reed Warbler, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Stonechats, 5 Grey Wagtails, 6 Pied Wagtails, 60 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 6+ Bramblings, 10+ Redpolls and 12 Siskins all recorded during the day.

 

 

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was again on the buddleias near the Obs for much of the afternoon, and Small Copper, Brown Argus and Small Heath were still on the wing. In the moth traps 13 Large Yellow Underwings, a Common Wainscot, 8 Square-spot Rustics, 53 Lunar Underwings, 5 Feathered Ranunculus, a White-line Dart, Sallow, Angle Shades, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters and a Black Rustic were caught.

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Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 3.47pm Warham Greens 1/4ml west of north end of Garden Drove in bushes north of coast path TF.939.438
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods
Norfolk 6.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines west of Lady Anne's Drive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham in garden at 3pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham at Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still 3pm on south side of The Dell in silver birches tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still 2.30pm midway along west side of section section tho elusive
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Warham Greens flew over Garden Drove at 10.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens still 2.30pm at Garden Drove in sycamores 50yds north of concrete pad
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Caister-on-Sea in north section of cemetery
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT. 45+Common Cranes on Lady Fen
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 2pm Warham Greens 1/4ml west of north end of Garden Drove in bushes north of coast path +showing well TF.939.438
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Sheringham at Spalls Gap at 12.37pm
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills just E.of Wells again at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +4.Great White Egrets. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still from Nelson Lyle Hide. 40.Common Cranes still on Lady Fen
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 1.08pm Warham Greens 1/4ml west of north end of Garden Drove in bushes north of coast path +showing well TF.939.438
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Warham Greens on saltmarsh at 11.24am at high tide
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach at 12.44pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT in car park at 12.40pm
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point still 10.30am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets flew west over Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk reported Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods was a Tree Pipit
Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Wells Woods by meadow at The Dell briefly 11.35am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' Churchyard in sycamores by Northgate Street +3.Pied Flys
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still 11.09am in SW corner of The Dell in silver birches on south side of meadow tho elusive
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11am Warham Greens in bushes north of coast path tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Warham Greens on saltmarsh
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets flew east past East Ruston at 8am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at east end of dunes at 9am then flew to bushes by main footpath
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows from footpath at 10.50am
Norfolk 4.Little Stints (all juvs) y'day 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still by lane 200yds SW of caravan site at 10am +Lapland Bunting flew over
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash south of Pit.2 at 9.52am +Little Stint
Norfolk Hawfinch Sheringham flew west over Beeston Common at 9.58am
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still 9.55am in SW corner of The Dell in silver birches on south side of meadow
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 9.56am Warham Greens south of coast path in hedge of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in sycamore in SW corner of south section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens in sycamores by concrete pad at 9.32am
Norfolk still no further sign of 1w.Brown Shrike Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove by 8.43am. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool just east of windpump. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH TG.474.101
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Red-backed Shrike Wells Woods on fence by track 1/2ml south of The Dell at SW corner of caravan park by 9.06am (2.Y-br.Wblrs: 1. at The Dell, 1.by main track 1/4ml west of The Dell)
Norfolk no further sign of 1w.Brown Shrike Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove by 7.45am. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods 150yds west of The Dell in wood south of main track
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still in SW corner of The Dell in silver birches on south side of meadow