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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 9th December 2020

A rather quiet day bird wise, with the only real noteworthy species following a half hour high tide seawatch, these being a Shag, 16 Great Crested Grebe, nine Red-breasted Mergansers and four Red-throated Divers. Several Bearded Tits were along Thornham Bank, and at least four Twite were noted around Thorham Harbour.

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Norfolk Velvet Scoter fem Hunstanton off jet ski ramp at high tide +2.Scaup. 16.Scaup off cliffs

Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (1.drk) Titchwell RSPB on sea at 2.19pm

Norfolk 25.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT

Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets near Burnham Overy Mill in field by A149 at 2.15pm

Norfolk Cattle Egret near Burnham Overy Mill in field at 2.13pm

Norfolk 12.Twite Weybourne west of car park on beach at end of cliff footpath at 1pm then flew over Weybourne Camp

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still 1.15pm west of beach car park

Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle imm still 12.44pm between Snettisham +Wolferton

Norfolk 20+Snow Buntings Salthouse on shingle at 11.07am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 11.33am

Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 11.35am

Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs by River Yare

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still on beach near car park at 10am

Norfolk 2.escaped Snow Geese (both white morph +ringed) Snettisham RSPB still in field by car park +released White-tailed Eagle

Norfolk 2.escaped Snow Geese (both white morph) Snettisham RSPB still +released White-tailed Eagle

Norfolk Black Brant ad Titchwell RSPB again with Dark-bellied Brent Geese