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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 4th April 2021

A very cool but sunny day, at least 4 Red Kites were counted passing over and 10 Buzzards were soaring on the thermals, with 70 Golden Plover flying high east and a Spotted Redshank of note. A Sand Martin and 5 Swallows were counted during the day, with 12 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Black Redstart, 2 Bramblings and 8 Siskins also recorded.

In the moth traps 2 Small Quakers, a Powdered Quaker, Hebrew Character and Red Chestnut were noted, with 2 Peacock butterflies on the wing during the day.

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Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney from Bedford River bridge this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Salthouse Heath over south side at 2.10pm
Norfolk 3.Black Redstarts Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Burnham Overy Dunes +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2+Black Redstarts Titchwell still in horse paddocks TF.753.438
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Marsham at churchyard at 2.30pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell still in horse paddocks TF.753.438
Norfolk Spoonbill flew south over Snettisham RSPB at 12.50pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Welney WWT flew thru Lady Fen
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Berney Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Iceland Gull Cley at coastguards
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh
Norfolk 5.Garganey (all drks) Hockwold Washes still 12.34pm
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat Hopton-on-Sea
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Burnham Overy in field east of track from A149 layby at 12.16pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again 12.05pm flew west
Norfolk Iceland Gull Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on beach at 11.40am then flew east
Norfolk 8.Garganey (6.drks) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holkham Hall on south side +by Lady Elizabeth Wing at 10.28am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Halvergate Marshes flew over Stone's Drainage Mill viewed from Weaver's Way
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male NW of Cringleford still at Little Melton by muck heap at 9am
Norfolk Osprey NE of Roydon drifted north over Congham at 9.12am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again flew west along beach
Norfolk 14.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh in bare field NW of former Coastwatch site (+Short-eared Owl)