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Our Christmas Eve Birdwatch was another success with 105 species seen on the day! To read the full trip report just click on the link on the Observatory Website home page.
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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 27th December 2021

On the sea today 16 Wigeon, 107 Teal, 3 Eiders, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 25 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated and 3 Great Northern Divers, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Kittiwakes and an adult Gannet were seen. Also of interest were a Water Rail, a Woodcock, 14 Snipe, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 3 Bullfinches.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 70+Snow Buntings Snettisham RSPB on beach by sailing club at 2.10pm
Norfolk Manx S'Water flew east past Holkham Bay at 1.55pm
Norfolk 93.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area this morning TF.899.460
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holkham Bay still +2.Slav Grebes 5+Velvet Scoters 2.Long-tailed Ducks 3.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 90.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area this morning TF.899.460
Norfolk 20.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney still at Welney Bridge
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB near railway viewed from old wind pump
Norfolk 15.Great White Egrets flew west past Snettisham RSPB at 11.26am
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks TL.820.936
Norfolk 15.Great White Egrets flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 10.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Snettisham RSPB flew SE towards Dersingham Bog
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Horsey Mill
Norfolk Great White Egret Wymondham at Kimberly Park on lake at 10.37am. No parking at hall follow footpath from Wymondham
Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT still at 10am in field south of A149 opposite Babcock Hide (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Little Barningham in ploughed field opposite road junction for Mainnington Hall at 9.30am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh again by Lady Anne's Drive
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 100yds east of beach car park briefly then flew east along the beach at 9am
Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT in field south of A149 opposite Babcock Hide (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)