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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 6th November 2020

A beautiful day with clear skies and light south-easterly winds. Some visible migration took place early morning with 4 Bearded Tits, a Grey Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipits, 6 Rock Pipits, 4 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 6 Redpolls, 2 Crossbills and 4 Siskins noted. A Great White Egret was on the NWT reserve and a single Shorelark was near Thornham Channel, while on the sea 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets and 4 Great Crested Grebes were recorded. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 3 Water Rails and 2 Tawny Owls.
A late Comma butterfly was on the buddleia and 4 Common Darters were still flying in the late autumn sunshine.
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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Upton Marshes NWT with cattle by river at 3.30pm. From Marsh Road, take 1st left +walk to end of concrete road
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w Salthouse flew west over Gramborough Hill at 2.30pm
Norfolk 5+Great Northern Divers Holkham Bay
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Cley
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL till 11.45am north of Kelling at Kelling Quags then flew off +no further sign by 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 11.30am
Norfolk possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail still 11.19am north of Kelling at Kelling Quags
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew west over Morston at 11am
Norfolk possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Quags
Norfolk 1+Shorelark west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point at 11.07am
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT +Scaup
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Kelling Water Meadow till 10.34am on north side of pool then flew west
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Kelling Quags flew over beach +may have landed at 10.06am (+2.Snow Buntings flew west)
Norfolk 3+Great Northern Divers Holkham Bay mid morning +5.Slav Grebes ad.drk.Velvet Scoter
Norfolk probable White-billed Diver flew west past Holkham Bay at 10.22am
Norfolk Hawfinch Cantley then flew south
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans flew over Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still Breydon Water at west end 1/2ml north of Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes in dyke between 1st +2nd stiles +showing well