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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 15th December 2020

Large numbers of Pink-footed Geese arrived on the grazing marsh this morning, which prompted an opportunity to search through them all. This revealed a Todd's Canada Goose and five White-fronts, with a Pale-bellied Brent Goose found in amongst the smaller numbers of Dark--bellied Brents present. Four Twite were also at Thornham Harbour again.

Todd's Canada Goose
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Norfolk Velvet Scoter Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) still 1pm Holme on grazing marsh viewable from Thornham bank with 3,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 80.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still viewable from A149 at 1pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ranworth still 2.36pm at Malthouse Broad at north end in Ranworth Dam tho distant
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w west of Norwich at Earlham Marsh
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ranworth still early a'noon at Malthouse Broad from staithe tho distant
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Burnham Overy Mill flew over layby at 1.03pm +appeared to land on Burnham Norton Marshes
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still north of Rollesby Bridge at 11.51am
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton still on North Beach this morning
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Sedgeford on south side by Heacham River just SE of church viewed north from Sedgeford Road west of sharp bend at 12.25pm tho mobile
Norfolk Black Brant ad Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 4.Twite Thornham Harbour still at channel at 11.30am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still mid morning
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ranworth still 11.12am at Malthouse Broad from staithe +showing well
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) Holme on grazing marsh viewable from Thornham bank with 3,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe still at Bowthorpe Marsh
Norfolk 2.Twite Thornham Harbour still at coal barn at 10.32am
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.49am
Norfolk no sign of Red-necked Grebe Wells in harbour channel by lifeboat station mid morning
Norfolk 9.Bewick's Swans Nar Valley Fisheries (permit only)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ranworth at Malthouse Broad from staithe +showing well
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Wells in harbour channel by lifeboat station at 9.15am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Spotted Redshank on tidal pool. Red-necked Grebe ons ea +2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 8.Great White Egrets Nar Valley Fisheries at dawn then flew off +Bittern (permit only)
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still