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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 11th February 2021

Kingfisher and Reed Bunting photographed at Thornham by John Warham

Another day of lying snow, with a hard frost. Broadwater was largely frozen with over 500 Wigeon concentrated at the west end, and 900+ Pink-feet on the marsh nearby. At least 185 Snipe were counted during the day with many feeding near the sea wall at Thornham in the afternoon. Two Peregrines were also squabbling over the back of Drove Orchards and a Water Rail was heard near the sluice. At least 3 Woodcock were seen and a Barn Owl was hunting in the village. On the beach thousands of gulls and waders were feeding together.

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Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Grey Phal flew past Cley +juv.Iceland Gull flew east
Norfolk Lammergeier ad reported 4mls ESE of Dereham at Mattishall over Back Lane at 11.34am
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lammergeier SW of Bawdeswell opposite Bawdeswell Heath in NW corner of Bylaugh Park
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew SE over North Lopham at 8.30am
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad just east of jetty. Bittern by viewing screen