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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 15th January 2022

A drake Goosander flew west late morning.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2+Short-eared Owls Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Ludham Bridge in field opposite gate at 2.46pm
Norfolk 85.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.899.460
Norfolk 3.Water Pipits Cley NWT
Norfolk Bittern reported Bale in wet meadow at 8am then flew to pond
Norfolk 3.Purple Sands Sheringham still on rocks below museum at 1.35pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Norwich at Heigham Waterworks Resr
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still 1.35pm on sea. Siberian Chiffchaff still at start of West Bank Trail. Purple Sand on Tidal Marsh
Norfolk Short-toed Lark West Runton in flight over large stubble field at 1pm with Skylarks. From Seaview car park walk east +view from coast path; no access to field
Norfolk 14.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks below hornbeams at 1.18pm TL.820.936
Norfolk Scaup fem Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Snettisham Coastal Park still on beach north of sailing club at 12.08pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Welney WWT still
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese still this a'noon Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewable north from 100yds east of wind pump
Norfolk 19.Bewick's Swans Ludham at Cold Harbour Road this morning
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still
Norfolk.Little Stint still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 11.11am
Norfolk 10.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still 10.55am TG.393.196
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach at 11.06am
Norfolk 19.Common Cranes east of Thurne still in field by cover crop at 10.26am
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Pensthorpe with cattle at 10.35am
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap on beach near roped-off area at 10.17am TF.899.460
Norfolk Scaup fem Holkham Park still on west side of lake
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still 10am Buckenham Marshes RSPB from wind pump then flew north over railway +out of view
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still at east end of Arnold's Marsh at 9.58am
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap on beach 1/2ml east of roped-off area at 9.41am TF.899.460
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewable from wind pump at 9.26am (+100+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap on beach north of roped-off area tho mobile TF.899.460
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB again on sea. Spotted Redshank on tidal pool
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff y'day Titchwell RSPB still at Fen Trail at 3pm