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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 Thursday 13th January 2022

On the sea today 3 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 3 Fulmars, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Kittiwakes were the highlights, with 23 Snow Buntings along the beach off the Golf Course. On the marsh 600 Golden Plover, 350 Lapwings, 15 Black-tailed Godwits and 5 Snipe were seen.

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Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Snettisham still near sailing club by boats at 1.30pm
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Winterton this morning
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad still 12.45pm
Norfolk Shag Wells in outer harbour at 12.10pm
Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge at 12.24pm
Norfolk 3.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks below museum early a'noon
Norfolk 23.Snow Buntings Holme along beach opposite golf course at 12.20pm
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Burnham Overy in channel west of Gun Hill at 11.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart SW of King's Lynn near Wigginhall St Germans
Norfolk Shag 1w Whitlingham Ctry Park still on Great Broad on pontoon at 10.30am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still on shingle ridge just north of Arnold's Marsh (+5.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 45+Snow Buntings Snettisham RSPB still on beach at 9am tho mobile
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad still from viewing platform +showing well
Norfolk Scaup fem Holkham Park still midway along lake
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Snettisham near sailing club opposite caravan park at 10.05am
Norfolk 19.Common Cranes east of Thurne in field north of Thurne Road at 10.04am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Cley still at Anterton Hill
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again flew east over beach at 9.48am
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Waxwing Cley by A149 at Sea Lawn NR25 7SB
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewable from wind pump at 9.52am
Norfolk 24.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still in field north of A149; viewed from metal gate at pull-in at 8.22am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail King's Lynn flew over A149 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 7.50am