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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 24th September 2020

Over 400 Pink-feet were seen during the day with many still coming in off the sea. At least 3 Great White Egrets were also spotted with one flying along the near side of the Broadwater giving a breath-taking view. Waders included 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Whimbrel, 40+ Curlew and 2 Snipe. Two Kingfishers were around the Broadwater and a party of 25 House Martins came in high off the sea and headed south west.

Moths included 4 Flounced Rustics, 4 Square-spot Rustics, 19 Lunar Underwings, a Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, a Gold Spot, 5 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Large Wainscots, 2 Black Rustics, an Archer's Dart and an Angle Shades. Despite the cool and windy conditions a Small Copper was along the east bank.

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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh by 'beach 1km' sign at path junction near visitor centre at 1.40pm +showing well
Norfolk 50+Common Cranes Welney WWT still from visitor centre this a'noon
Norfolk Lapland Bunting west of Titchwell RSPB still 3.01pm at Thornham Point near ruins (+Great White Egret in channel)
Norfolk 5.Lapland Buntings Cley NWT on shingle by Sea Pool briefly this morning then flew west
Norfolk 40+Common Cranes Welney WWT still +7.Cattle Egrets 4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk no sign of Lapland Bunting west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point on beach at 1.38pm (but male.Snow Bunting still +showing well. 5.Spoonbills on saltmarsh across channel)
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods still 11am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 10.30am with tit flock
Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 12.36pm +juv.Curlew Sand still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Blakeney just east of churchyard in sycamores behind reclamation yard at midday
Norfolk still no sign of juv.Lesser Yellowlegs 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool near windpump by midday. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH TG.474.101
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Titchwell RSPB still on beach
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' Churchyard still by gate to south section
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Buckenham Marshes RSPB still +juv.Grey Plover still
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT flew south over Stubb Mill at 10.47am
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still c10.40am at The Dell in silver birches on south side of meadow. 1w.Red-backed Shrike still SW of caravan site on fence by south end of cattle field near bales
Norfolk Little Stint Dickleburgh Moor NR still +3.Spotted Redshanks still TM.173.831
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton Dunes in wood at concrete blocks
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB still on beach tideline at 8.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows right of footpath at south end of copse at 8.20am
Norfolk no sign of juv.Lesser Yellowlegs 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool near windpump by 8am. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH TG.474.101
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still at The Dell in silver birches on south side of meadow