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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 17th October 2020

A day of poor weather but rich with birds, with the Red-flanked Bluetail seen opposite the Richardson hide early morning and again near the west end of the reserve on the floor of the pines late morning. A Dusky Warbler was found along the east bank at 2.30pm and showed in the area during the afternoon. Also of interest were a Yellow-browed Warbler at the west end of the NOA reserve, two further Red-flanked Bluetails in the Golf Course Car Park, at least one Pallas' Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtails, 12+ Rock Pipits flying over calling, 6 Crossbills, 4 Siskins, 2 Redpolls, 2 Bramblings and 2 Bearded Tits among the many migrants seen.

 

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Norfolk 4.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS Holme still late a'noon: 1.village car park, 3.on golf course east of north end of Beach Road

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Thornham near pond of large house on north side of The Green from coastal path

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still 4.30pm near Broadwater Hide

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme at village car park still 3.58pm on east side tho elusive cTF.697.438

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Burnham Overy Dunes at west end of Gun Hill

Norfolk no sign of Eastern Stonechat sp Holkham Freshmarsh in NW corner beyond 5-bar gate viewed from hill at west end of Holkham Pines cTF.886.448

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in middle of south section (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Muckleburgh Hill with tit flock at 2.37pm

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 3.12pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park tho elusive. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Thornham harbour mid a'noon (+5.Twite still)

Norfolk 4.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS reported Holme

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Wells

Norfolk Water Pipit just E.of Wells still 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

Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Deepdale on north side of churchyard this a'noon

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT behind centre by Broadwater at caravan

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still mid a'noon +showing well

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 2.41pm by coast path just north of pipe dump +showing on +off TG.451.254

Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Stiffkey Marshes still

Norfolk Black Redstart Blickling NT

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA in alder opposite bird observatory at 2.25pm

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 2.28pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme at start of Broadwater Road in hawthorns at 1.08pm +showing well

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme Dunes still 2.12pm in hedge in car park tho elusive

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 1.53pm by coast path just north of pipe dump +showing well on +off TG.451.254

Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Sheringham still at east end of promenade at Vincent Road in gardens briefly 2pm

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Blakeney at Kettlehill Plantation at 2.05pm

Norfolk 2.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS Holme at village car park still this a'noon tho elusive: 1.in NE corner, 1.150yds beyond cTF.697.438

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme in village car park still 1.58pm in sallows +showing well

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale still 1.41pm on north side of churchyard

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 2.05pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk scope +tripod found at Stiffkey; tel.Mark on 07890-366410 to claim

Norfolk Barred Warbler just E.of Wells on NE side of North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 1.45pm +showing well. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still 1.35pm in sycamores

Norfolk Little Bunting Salthouse between A149 Coast Road +Little Eye along Mill Drift near new cut at c1.15pm

Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham harbour on coal barn at 10.15am tho mobile

Norfolk Barred Warbler Warham Greens again on north side of east pool in hawthorns at 1.17pm

Norfolk Hawfinch flew west over Burnham Overy at 1.05pm +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea. Also Spotted Redshank

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 1.20pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park tho elusive. Park carefully NR23 1QF

Norfolk 17.Little Gulls y'day flew east past Cley NWT 1.45-4.20pm

Norfolk scope +tripod found at Stiffkey; tel.01603-456789 to claim

Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Stiffkey on marsh

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimingham still +Ring Ouzel

Norfolk Little Bunting Warham Greens in hedge south of Whirligig at midday then flew east +no further sign. From A149 at Stiffkey take Green Way north to Campsite car park then walk west for 1/2ml NR23 1QF cTF.956.438

Norfolk Little Bunting Warham Greens in hedge south of Whirligig at midday then flew east +no further sign. From A149 at Stiffkey take Green Way north to Campsite car park then walk west for 1/2ml NR23 1QF cTF.956.438

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.23pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 12.44pm 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park respectfully +follow COVID-19 guidleines NR23 1QF

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA [heard only] (+Y-br.Wblr still)

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Caister-on-Sea by golf club entrance road this morning

Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still 12.19pm with cattle

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme in pines by golf course at village car park +showing well

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods still south of main track between The Dell +drinking pool

Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew over Wells at 11.56am

Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Potter Heigham circled over bridge at 11.59am then flew NE

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 11.40am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park. Park respectfully +follow COVID-19 guidleines NR23 1QF

Norfolk police on site at Stiffkey. Park respectfully +continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 11.28am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way in Sueda by wooden bridge near campsite car park NR23 1QF

Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham still at church at 11.11am

Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey

Norfolk: a black Hyundai Sante Fe is blocking Green Way; please park sensibly

Norfolk Spotted Redshank Stiffkey flew over saltmarsh at 10am. Short-eared Owl early morning

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still 10.44am by coast path just north of pipe dump +showing well +Tundra Bean Goose with Pink-footed Geese TG.451.254

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 10.35am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way on saltmarsh 1/4ml north of campsite car park NR23 1QF

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 10.05am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way on saltmarsh 1/4ml north of campsite car park tho elusive NR23 1QF

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1ml SE of Waxham still by coast path just north of pipe dump at 9.49am +showing well TG.451.254

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale on north side of churchyard at 9.35am

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT again 9.33am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood on saltmarsh near car park cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at east end still in sycamores at 9.22am +showing well

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme near village car park still 8.46am in hawthorns 100yds south of 8th hole on golf course tho elusive

Norfolk no further sign of Rufous Bush Chat 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood near car park by 8.51am cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 8.21am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood near car park flew to Sueda on marsh by wooden bridge +lost to view cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes in sycamores in paddocks at 8.13am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Holme NOA still opposite Richardson Hide at 8.14am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale at hostel at 7.55am

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still c7.55am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood 30yds west of car park on track to Warham Greens tho mobile cTF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT still 7.36am 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood in Sueda c20yds east of car park TF.965.439 NR23 1QF

Norfolk repeat: RUFOUS BUSH CHAT 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey off A149 Wells Road at north end of Green Way at Campsite Wood just east of car park at 7.23am

Norfolk repeat: RUFOUS BUSH CHAT Stiffkey Campsite Wood just east of car park at 7.23am

Norfolk Scaup y'day flew west past Scolt Head Island 7.15-9am

Norfolk 2.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS Holme at village car park still on east side at 7.20am cTF.697.438

MEGA Norfolk RUFOUS BUSH CHAT Stiffkey Campsite Wood just east of car park at 7.23am

Norfolk Dark-bellied Brent Goose y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB +c20.Russian White-fronted Geese