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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 21st October 2020

A day of relentless rain with many birds keeping a low profile. The Dusky Warbler continued to skulk in the same area just west of the Heligoland trap and was seen in the willows briefly 12.45, and heard again later in the day. Other birds of interest today were a Great White Egret, Avocet, 3 Water Rails, 500 Golden Plover, 150+ Lapwings, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank and 7 Snipe. Three Swallows and 4 House Martins were seen during the day and a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechats and a Rock Pipit were also recorded.


In the moth traps the highlights were another Palpits vitrealis, a Pale Mottled Willow and a Dotted Chestnut (pictured above).


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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey Mill still 2.45pm

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk Barred Warbler Winterton South Dunes

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 2.30pm 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road west of north end of Green Way 50yds from 3rd conifer tho elusive. Park carefully NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male on 10th October Fakenham at Pensthorpe Natural Park [caught on camera trap]

Norfolk 2.RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS (both fem/1w.male) Holme still just NE of village car park on fence by golf course TF.698.439

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still just west of Heligoland trap at 12.45pm

Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on saltmarsh

Norfolk no news on Eastern Rufous Bush Chat 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road since 7.49am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF TF.965.442

Norfolk 2.DUSKY WARBLERS Weybourne at 9am: 1.still in willow clump before beach car park, 1.in an area with no general access

Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) Holkham Freshmarsh still in NW corner by 5-bar gate (+2.Great White Egrets) TF.869.451

Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly Holkham Pines still west of north end of Lady Annes Drive at 1st pool south of path

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still in willow clump before beach car park at 7.55am

Norfolk EASTERN RUFOUS BUSH CHAT (form familiaris/ syriaca) still 3/4ml NNW of Stiffkey +N.of A149 Wells Road in crop by stubble field at 7.49am. Park carefully at north end of Green Way +walk west NR23 1QF