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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 3rd January 2022

A blustery day with clear skies, on the sea 3 Eider, a Great Northern Diver, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Great Crested Grebes were recorded, with a Great White Egret again seen and Golden Plover numbers reaching 2,000.
 
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Norfolk Shag juv Burnham Overy still 3.19pm on pool at Burnham Water Mill
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Welney WWT still mid a'noon
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 4.Hen Harriers (2.ad.male) 4mls ENE of King's Lynn again at Roydon Common NNR at 2.57pm
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 3.06pm Pentney GPs from road opposite Ashwood Lodge access road TF.715.133
Norfolk 3.Hen Harriers (1.ad.male) 4mls ENE of King's Lynn again at Roydon Common NNR at 2.30pm
Norfolk reported Taiga Bean Goose c2mls NW of Terrington St Clement at New Common Marsh is a Pink-footed Goose [reidentified from photograph] PE34 4JW
Norfolk Spoonbill Burgh Castle still from viewpoint at 2.10pm
Norfolk presumed escape Lesser White-fronted Goose ad Terrington St.Clement in field by A17 viewed from layby at 2pm with Pink-footed Geese [presumably the individual earlier present in Yorks +Lancs between Jun 2020 +Sept 2021]
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB flew west over freshmarsh at 2.02pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 1.50pm in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Shag Whitlingham Ctry Park still 1.50pm on Great Broad on east side of conservation area viewed from south side
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Norwich at Heigham Waterworks Resr at 1.30pm
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose c2mls NW of Terrington St Clement at New Common Marsh at 1.18pm PE34 4JW
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 1pm on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 18.Bewick's Swans Ludham still in fields NW of airfield at 12.50pm
Norfolk Shag Whitlingham Ctry Park still 12.20pm on Great Broad on east side of conservation area
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Shag Whitlingham Ctry Park still late morning at west end of Great Broad then flew east along broad
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wells still early a'noon at Two Furlong Hill in horse paddock by B1105/ A149 junction cTF.912.433
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Short-eared Owl still
Norfolk Hen Harrier male between Stiffkey +Wells still 12.03pm
Norfolk 21+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Shag juv Burnham Overy still on pool at Burnham Water Mill at 11.40am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.20am on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk no sign of Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) nor Tundra Bean Goose Brancaster Staithe in field south of Barrow Common
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay still +6.Velvet Scoters Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 3+Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area (+50+Snow Buntings Slav Grebe 2.Velvet Scoters) TF.899.460
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB 10.15-10.45am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT flew over Lady Fen
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets north of Martham still at Cess in field between track +river at 10.10am. Use pay +display car park at Martham Boats
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk no sign of Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 9.21am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Pentney GPs from road opposite Ashwood Lodge access road at 9.15am but no sign of juv.Great Northern Diver TF.715.133
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end at 8.30am then flew west
Norfolk Shag Whitlingham Ctry Park opposite car park at 8.15am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wells still at Two Furlong Hill in horse paddock by B1105/ A149 junction cTF.912.433
Norfolk 7.Bewick's Swans y'day flew east over Brundall
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose y'day Cley NWT in Eye Field at 2.40pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv y'day Cley NWT still 2.51pm on seal carcass north of east end of Arnold's Marsh