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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 6th October 2020

With the weather not as bad as predicted some ringing was possible, which resulted in the first Rock Pipit of the autumn ringed. Birds around the reserve included a report of the Blyth's Reed Warbler near the mouth of the Heligoland trap again, though only seen once and not heard to call. A Yellow-browed Warbler and brief Hawfinch at the west end of the NOA reserve near the disabled car park, Spotted Flycatcher and at least one Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat. Two Spoonbills also flew past heading west.

The moths caught included a Red-line Quaker, three Feathered Ranunculus, three Large Wainscot, a Beaded Chestnut and an Angle Shades.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes west of sea wall at 12.59pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water in bushes behind hide
Norfolk Wryneck Happisburgh still 11.17am off Blacksmith Lane in horse paddock by track near Church Farmhouse +showing well
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water still
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods at meadow by The Dell briefly 12.05pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 12.32pm Salthouse north of A149 from track to Little Eye tho distant TG.076.440
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 12.21pm 1ml NW of Martham in field south of River Thurne TG.449.199
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) between Happisburgh +Cart Gap at north end of Doggett's Lane late morning (but Snow Bunting Jack Snipe)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end just east of Joe Jordan Hide at 7am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still on fence 400yds south of Pinewoods Caravan Park at 10.45am +showing well
Norfolk Little Gull ad just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 10.47am +Little Stint. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still at east end viewed from Friary Hills NT at 10.47am +Y-br.Wblr
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 10.30am Salthouse north of A149 from track to Little Eye TG.076.440
Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER still 10.47am Blakeney Point at The Hood. On Saturday RADDE'S WARBLER in Lupins
Norfolk Rock Pipit Norwich in Thorpe St.Andrew flew over Thunder Lane mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1.5mls WSW of Stoke Ferry just west of Farhill Plantation on south side of cut-off channel at 9.31am TL.675.994
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham in 5th field east of fishing lakes TG.449.199
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.30am Wighton 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm on manure heap south of Crabbe Road TF.928.398
Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER Blakeney Point at The Hood at 9.44am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham at Beeston Bump +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) still between Happisburgh +Cart Gap at north end of Doggett's Lane in brambles at 9.15am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Salthouse north of A149 from path to Little Eye at 8.24am TG.076.440
Norfolk Wryneck Happisburgh still in horse paddock. Shorelark still at former Coastwatch
Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew NE over Trix Road at 7.09am
Norfolk Hoopoe still Wighton 1/3ml west of Potter's Farm by Crabbe Road at 7.55am TF.928.398