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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 6th January 2022

Two Great Northern Diver, a male Eider and a male Goldeneye was the best the sea had to offer this morning. A Great White Egret was feeding with two Little Egrets in the tidal channel on Lavender Marsh.

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Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (1.male) 4mls ENE of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at 3.02pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Norwich still at Heigham Waterworks Resr this a'noon
Norfolk probable Siberian Chiffchaff Whitlingham Ctry Park in scrub by wooden bridge at 1pm then flew to brambles north of road +no further sign by 1pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male 4mls ENE of King's Lynn again at Roydon Common NNR at 1.58pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +16.Common Cranes
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad still 1.20pm from bank behind fishing platforms
Norfolk report of Iceland Gull Cley on seal carcass north of North Scrape at 12.41pm was erroneous
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 12.41pm on seal carcass north of North Scrape
Norfolk no further sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB by 12.20pm
Norfolk.Little Stint still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash opposite Rotary Hide at 11am. male Hen Harrier over marsh
Norfolk Shag 1w Whitlingham Ctry Park still on Great Broad on pontoon at 12.10pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Snettisham still 400yds south of sailing club by chalet.110
Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still by Lady Anne's Drive
Norfolk 43.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad still 10.30am
Norfolk no sign of any Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Marsh +Purple Sand
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.39am TF.899.460
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew east past Weybourne late morning
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks TL.820.936
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 10.30am
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB near railway viewed from bank near mill at 9.55am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cromer flew west past golf course at 8.45am
Norfolk no sign of Black-necked Grebe SE of King's Lynn at Hardwick Flood Lagoon [lagoon frozen]. Park by A149 west of roundabout +view from verge TF.642.185 PE30 4BF
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 140.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB