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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 28th September 2020


Highlights today were 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Blyth's Reed Warbler trapped and ringed during the morning, with other species of note including 2 Great White Egrets, 3 Red Kites, a Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Kingfisher, Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 6+ Blackcaps, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a Pied Flycatcher, 4 Stonechats, 6 Grey Wagtails, 130+ Meadow Pipits, 4 Rock Pipits, 5 Bramblings, 3+ Crossbills, 3 Siskins and a Yellowhammer recorded.


In the moth traps a Humming-bird Hawk Moth, 10 Lunar Underwings, Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, 3 Feathered Ranunculus, 2 Large Wainscots, Beaded Chestnut and Brown-spot Pinion were caught, with Small Copper, Comma, Wall Brown and Speckled Wood also of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Horsey late a'noon
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Paston Cliffs this a'noon +Whinchat
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 2.50pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT in sycamore in car park +Pied Fly
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Titchwell RSPB still on beach at 2.30pm
Norfolk 1+Little Gull 1w Salthouse on floods east of Beach Road early morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at Garden Drove this a'noon
Norfolk Lammergeier 1s NW of Beetley still 3.25pm viewed south from Halfpenny Lane
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Salthouse Heath at 3.20pm +2.Whinchats
Norfolk Lammergeier 1s NW of Beetley flew west viewed south from Halfpenny Lane at 3.12pm
Norfolk Black Tern Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods again by track 500yds south of Pinewoods Caravan Park at 2.56pm
Norfolk Lammergeier 1s Worthing flew SW over church at c2.50pm
Norfolk Lammergeier 1s c1ml south of North Elmham circling viewed from road at 2.45pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley on sea mid a'noon [new bird]
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 2.05pm Winterton below Hermanus Restaurant (+Y-br.Wblr still +Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk 6.Grey Phals Weybourne Camp offshore this morning (+Velvet Scoter flew west)
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT still 11am tho mobile
Norfolk no sign of Barred Warbler Holkham Pines this a'noon nor Red-breasted Fly (but Y-br.Wblr still)
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Horsey at c2.15pm (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey at east end of Campsite Wood at 1.55pm (+Y-br.Wblr. 5.Spoonbills on saltmarsh then flew east +Great White Egret). From A149 Wells Road take Green Way +park at end +take path thru wood
Norfolk Lammergeier 1s till 1.50pm south of Foxley in field west of A1067 then flew west (not White-tailed Eagle) TG.038.212
Norfolk Lammergeier 1s south of Foxley in field west of A1067
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Wells still 1.45pm in Wells Channel
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Waxham +2.Little Gulls Velvet Scoter Great Northern Diver
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Foxley viewed west across A1067 at 1.43pm TG.038.212
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls (2.ads +2.1w) Cley off boats this morning
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Cley NWT off East Bank late morning (+Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows at c12.45pm tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still at The Dell on south side of meadow (+Y-br.Wblr Pied Fly)
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk late morning (+Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Winterton below Hermanus Restaurant (+Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT in scrub east of pillbox
Norfolk Curlew Sand Winterton with Dunlin
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' Churchyard at east end. Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Wells in Wells Channel
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew past Walcott +Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Kelling Hard on sea late morning (+3.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley on sea off coastguards
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on sea off East Bank at 10.46am. 1w.Grey Phal on The Serpentine still 10.25am (Great Northern Diver flew west)
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley off coastguards
Norfolk Barred Warbler Holkham Pines in bushes. Red-breasted Fly at end of Lady Anne's Drive (Also 10+Y-br.Wblrs)
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Cley flew west along beach +landed briefly on sea
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Titchwell RSPB still on grazing marsh
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens on coast path at 9.15am with tit flock +Redstart
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holme NOA trapped +ringed
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER Holme NOA trapped +ringed
Norfolk 7.Grey Phals Titchwell RSPB offshore at 9.26am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Welney WWT still from main observatory (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still 8.38am
Norfolk Grey Phal flew west past Sheringham at 8.10am
Norfolk Grey Phal Titchwell RSPB still on sea (+Little Gull. Purple Sand still on beach)