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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 9th October 2020

Red-green Carpet

A mixed day with a brisk westerly and showers during the later part of the morning and afternoon. Over 550 Pink-feet were counted and a covey of 7 Grey Partridges were in the dunes. Two Red Kites drifted over and on the marsh 95 Golden Plover, 350+ Lapwings and 25 Black-tailed Godwits were noted. An adult Med Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit, 12 Siskins and a Brambling were also of interest. A Firecrest was reported along the east bank and a Yellow-browed Warbler was heard early afternoon.

 

Moths included 2 Red-Green Carpets, an Angle Shades and 2 Black Rustics, while Wall Brown, Red Admiral and Small White butterflies were still present. Migrant Hawker and Common Darter were also near the pond in the afternoon.

 

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Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still +6.Common Cranes

Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still 3.34pm from path south of caravan park on ditch running north-south

Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh again this a'noon +9.Crossbills flew west at 3.10pm

Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still on mud at 2.42pm +Bonxie on pits

Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton Dunes NNR at North Dunes this morning +Jack Snipe

Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham +south of River Thurne at Martham Ferry in field east of car park at 1.50pm. From Ferrygate Lane take footpath TG.449.199

Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum along Loop Walk at 12.30pm

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Winterton North Dunes flew in off sea at 2.18pm then flew towards West Somerton

Norfolk Red-necked Phal 1w still 1.55pm Salthouse east of footpath running north to Little Eye (+Short-eared Owl)

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Thornham Point near old watchtower at 11am

Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham NNR

Norfolk Osprey flew south then east over Heacham at 1pm

Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still 12.34pm on fence by track 500yds south of Pinewoods Caravan Park

Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.50pm Wighton 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm by manure heap south of Crabbe Road +showing well TF.928.398

Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Wighton 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm by manure heap south of Crabbe Road this a'noon TF.928.398

Norfolk Hoopoe still 10.58am Wighton 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm by manure heap south of Crabbe Road +showing well TF.928.398

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods in middle of The Dell at 11.15am

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines (+7+Cattle Egrets 3.Great White Egrets)

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew east over Rockland Broad at 10.57am

Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich at Hellesdon flew south over Drayton Wood Road at 7.20am

Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew south over Lakenham at 7.20am

Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Ringstead just north of village along Hunstanton Road at 9.45am

Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past Salthouse at 9.54am

Norfolk Black-throated Diver ad flew west past Salthouse at 8.30am

Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still on east side of tracks just beyond Pinewoods Caravan Park

Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach near sailing club at 9.28am

Norfolk Red-necked Phal 1w still Salthouse north of A149 on large pool viewable from bank opposite duckpond viewed towards Gramborough Hill TG.076.440

Norfolk Whinchat Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR in fallen willow by Little Ouse from viewing platform +Jack Snipe 16.Crossbills

Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh at 7.54am then flew towards Cley

Norfolk Hoopoe still Wighton 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm by manure heap south of Crabbe Road at 7.52am +showing well