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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 1st September 2020


A beautiful day, sunny and calm. Roger opened the nets early and caught good numbers of Meadow Pipits and a few warblers. I arrived around 9am and after doing my first net run spotted a Greenish Warbler in the sycamore right outside the observatory. Roger had to leave at about 10.30 so I was left to hold down the fort while Sophie was ringing at Drove Orchards. I was only catching one or two birds per round, and this particular round I only caught one bird but it was a Greenish Warbler!! Such a smart little bird, it was a young bird in good condition and a good amount of fat. What a great start to September!!

There was a few other nice migrants around including a Pied Fly, a couple Whinchats, a Redstart and 4 Wheatear.

A Raven was reported flying over mid morning.

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Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 2.14pm in alder opposite observatory
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon 100yds east of Gun Hill from south side
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide at c2.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Breydon Water this morning
Norfolk Whinchat Felbrigg Hall NT
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Snettisham RSPB briefly this morning
Norfolk Dotterel y'day Choseley flew west near drying barns at c6pm
Norfolk 2+Pied Flys 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills cTF.925.458
Norfolk Wood Warbler Warham Greens along Garden Drove
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still c1pm 100yds east of Gun Hill from south side
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +4.Common Cranes
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump
Norfolk 3.Whinchats Gramborough Hill
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 11.55am trapped +ringed
Norfolk Purple Heron Ormesby Little Broad again
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham in blackthorn c50yds south of Money Lane late morning +showing well cTG.445.259
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 10.30am at Gun Hill +showing well
Norfolk 2.Wrynecks Burnham Overy Dunes still between boardwalk +Gun Hill. Barred Warbler still c9.30am tho mobile +no sign since
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA in sycamore near observatory
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB over saltmarsh mid morning
Norfolk 9.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water
Norfolk Osprey flew south past Snettisham RSPB mid morning
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh. Pied Fly Stubb Mill
Norfolk 7+Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Whinchat Beeston Bump still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB on pits at high tide +7.Spotted RedshanksNorfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still just east of Gun Hill at 7.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 7.25pm then flew off