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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 19th October 2020

Another busy day, both bird and people wise, with at least two Red-flanked Bluetails in the recording area, plus the Dusky Warbler seen periodically in front of the Heligoland trap. A Barred Warbler was reported near the NWT pay hut and other birds of note during the day included Great Northern Diver and Red-necked Grebe on the sea, 15 Bearded Tits around the Broadwater edge, one Water Pipit (trapped and ringed) and at least two Twite in Thornham Harbour.

Moths trapped included Black Rustic and a Scarce Bordered  Straw.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 3.25pm east of beach car park at east end of paddocks +Barred Warbler still c3.10pm tho elusive
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Scolt Head Island still 3.12pm viewed from Burnham Deepdale coastal path then flew west (+3.Great White Egrets Spotted Redshank. Y-br.Wblr in wood behind church)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme on sea
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey flew in off sea then flew south
Norfolk Water Pipit flew east over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still c2.40pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west. No access to crop field NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still 2.50pm in willow clump before beach car park tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB near visitor centre in ivy by path to beach at 10.50am
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) Stiffkey 500yds west of car park at 1.20pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler Holme by entrance shed
Norfolk 3+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines +possible Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (form blythi)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy Dunes west of Gun Hill at 2.06pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Thornham at 11.19am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines between pool +Washington Hide at 12.29pm
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets Welney still 100yds south of Welney Bridge at 12.02pm (Little Gull on flood)
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 1.11pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road on coast path. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west. No access to fields NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Scolt Head Island over east end viewed from Burnham overy Staithe at 1.04pm
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 12.44pm east of beach car park by path towards large house
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still early a'noon by Heligoland trap tho elusive
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road by coast path 11.10am-12.34pm. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.44
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still just east of Beeston Bump north of Nelson Road in scrub west of caravan park this a'noon TG.170.431
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still this a'noon in willow clump before beach car park tho elusive
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy Dunes flew west over Gun Hill at 12.23pm
Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Caister-on-Sea by entrance road to golf club 10.20-11.20am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Heacham flew south over South Beach
Norfolk Eastern Rufous Bush Chat Stiffkey: no access to fields
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 11am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road in stubble field +showing well. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Cley flew east over beach at 9.28am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Cley NWT at 10.30am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Warham Greens north of Garden Drove
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 10.16am 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road in stubble field +showing well. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) Holkham Freshmarsh still in NW corner by 5-bar gate at 10.14am +showing well TF.886.448
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Weybourne north of A149 over fields east of windmill at 10.11am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard West Runton flew west over ridge at 9.50am
Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N. of A149 Wells Road in hedge at 9.45am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk N NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme still 9.20am just NE of north end of Beach Road by fence by golf course +showing well TF.697.43
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley on sea at north end of East Bank at 9.15am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still in willow clump before beach car park at 8.45am
Norfolk 1+RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male Holme just NE of north end of Beach Road in pines by golf course at 8.30am TF.697.438
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road by 8.33am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still by Heligoland trap
Norfolk no news on Eastern Rufous Bush Chat (form familiaris/ syriaca) 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road. Park carefully at north end of Green Way NR23 1QF TF.965.442
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holme Dunes on grazing marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431