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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 14th October 2020

An excellent migration day today with 3+ Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 400+ Goldcrests (129 ringed), 6 Bearded Tits, 4 House Martins, 3 Chiffchaffs, 10+ Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 7,125 Starlings, a Ring Ouzel, 45 Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, 15 Song Thrushes, 120 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 25 Robins, a Redstart, 4 Stonechats, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 25 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 15 Bramblings, 80+ Chaffinches, 200+ Linnets, 42 Goldfinches, 12 Siskins, a Lapland Bunting and 15 Reed Buntings among the many birds logged during the day. At least 2 Pallas' Warblers were seen, one in the forestry on the NWT reserve and another ringed at the Observatory mid morning (pictured). Other birds of note included a  Richard's Pipit over the Golf Course, a Great White Egret over the pines, and on the sea 6 Eiders, 300+ Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, 19 Gannets, single Razorbill and Guillemot, 8 Kittiwakes and a juvenile Med Gull.


In the moth traps a Scarce Bordered Straw was of note.


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Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) Warham Greens in hedge west of Garden Drove at 12.31pm

Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills (+2.Ring Ouzels) TF.925.458

Norfolk Great Grey Shrike east of Ringstead this a'noon

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 3.45pm Overstrand at Cromer Golf Course 1ml west of clifftop car park on large bracken-covered hill tho elusive

Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham opposite campsite on groyne.25 at 12.52pm

Norfolk 2.Pallas's Warblers Holme Dunes NWT at 2.48pm: 1.still in Forestry, 1.in car park

Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv Cley flew past beach car park +Pom Skua (+Great Northern Diver 4.Velvet Scoters. Short-eared Owl in off sea)

Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls reported Snettisham RSPB at 1.34pm

Norfolk Richard's Pipit Old Hunstanton flew over golf course at 8.30am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods in SW corner by track near large fallen tree at 2.18pm

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes NWT still mid a'noon at south end of Forestry +showing well

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham 50yds north of Shangri-la chalet

Norfolk Barred Warbler Warham Greens in hedge west of Garden Drove at 12.31pm

Norfolk Snow Bunting Salthouse on beach this morning

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 12.30pm at Gun Hill on west side

Norfolk Pom Skua ad Cley flew past coastguards at 12.05pm (Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)

Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach at 8am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills TF.925.458

Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.50am

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills TF.925.458

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.58am at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side in brambles by path

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Overstrand at Cromer Golf Course 1ml west of clifftop car park on large bracken-covered hill

Norfolk 5.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines still at west end

Norfolk Ring Ouzel 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

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side in brambles by path

Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Holme Dunes NWT at inlet near Gore Point at 10.15am

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill at 11.17am

Norfolk 2.Pallas's Warblers Holme Dunes: 1.Holme NOA, 1.in Forestry

Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Gorleston Cemetery

Norfolk Little Gull 1w Breydon Water

Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Marshes

Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham +south of River Thurne at Martham Ferry in 2nd field east of fishing pit. From Ferrygate Lane take footpath TG.449.199

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme NOA

Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Waxham still behind church in garden of white house with scaffolding at 10.03am

Norfolk Osprey juv Snettisham at Ken Hill Marshes

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham on east side of Beeston Common by large sallow opposite bench under oak at 9.01am

Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew south over Shotesham early morning

Norfolk 3.Hawfinches flew east over Heacham

Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells at 8.31am

Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Horsey Corner in dyke

Norfolk probable Hen Harrier ringtail between Wymondham +Crownthorpe in maize feild by B1135 at 7.05am

Norfolk Common Crane Norwich at Lakenham flew SW over Sandy Lane at 7.31am

Norfolk Common Crane Norwich in Thorpe St.Andrew flew WSW over Thunder Lane at 7.29am