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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 Sunday 2nd January 2022

On the sea today 7 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmars and 4 Great Crested Grebes were seen. A Barn Owl was hunting near the village and a Woodcock was flushed near the village hides.

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Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewed along track at 2.45pm TG.351.053
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad still 2.45pm from viewing platform
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv East Wretham Heath again on Langmere at 1.35pm then flew off +no further sign by 2.50pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still at 2.50pm on seal carcass 100yds east of beach car park
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Terrington St Clement in cattle field by Long Road at 2.25pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT again in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese at 2.40pm
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Terrington St.Clement in cattle field by Long Road at c2.25pm
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat still Sheringham
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Tottenhill GPs with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wells still mid a'noon at Two Furlong Hill in horse paddock by B1105/ A149 junction cTF.912.433
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) still Brancaster Staithe in field south of Barrow Common mid a'noon with Pink-footed Geese +Tundra Bean Goose still
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff y'day Kelling near school briefly early morning. 2.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west offshore at 9.17am
Norfolk 26.Bewick's Swans just east of Ingham still in field south of Palling Road TG.406.263
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets north of Martham still this a'noon at Cess in sheep field between track +river. Use pay +display car park at Martham Boats
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Brancaster Staithe in field south of Barrow Common with Pink-footed Geese TF.785.422
Norfolk 35+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese till late morning Buckenham Marshes RSPB then flew north over railway +landed out of view
Norfolk Black Redstart male Cley on roof of village hall
Norfolk 50.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area +5.Velvet Scoters offshore TF.899.460
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 100yds east of beach car park then flew towards Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area at 11.15am (+2.Red-necked Grebes Velvet Scoter) TF.899.460
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill Burgh Castle late morning
Norfolk 32.Snow Buntings Snettisham still between beach car park +sailing club at c10.50am
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still near paddocks at c10.35am tho distant TL.820.936
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB +Great Northern Diver Water Pipit Spotted Redshank Siberian Chiffchaff
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 10.15am Pentney GPs from road opposite Ashwood Lodge access road +juv.Great Northern Diver still TF.715.133
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Burgh Castle at 10am then flew south along River Waveney
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway at 9.50am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad still from viewing platform
Norfolk 4+Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area TF.899.460
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Pentney GPs from road opposite Ashwood Lodge access road at 8.58am +juv.Great Northern Diver still TF.715.133
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets north of Martham in fields by road just south of Martham Boatyard at 8.30am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wells still at Two Furlong Hill in horse paddock by B1105/ A149 junction