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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 Tuesday 4th January 2022

A Red-throated Diver and a single Fulmar passed at sea, with a Great White Egret feeding on the marsh, a Red Kite drifting over, a Water Rail heard from the Broadwater edge and 5 Ruff with the Golden Plover flock. A single Fieldfare dropped in near the Broadwater hide and a pair of Stonechats were feeding near the Observatory building.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Shag 1w Burnham Overy still mid a'noon on pool by A149 at Burnham Water Mill
Norfolk Iceland Gull Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 35.Bewick's Swans NW of Ludham Airfield still in field south of Elderbush Lane
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 4mls ENE of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at north end at 2.20pm
Norfolk again no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB 9.30am-1.20pm (but 90+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk presumed escape Lesser White-fronted Goose ad SE of Terrington St.Clement till late morning in field by A17 then flew off with Pinkfeet [presumably the individual earlier present in Yorks +Lancs Jun 2020-Sept 2021]
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes East Somerton at Burnley Hall Estate
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley still 1.15pm on beach 300yds east of beach car park
Norfolk c15.Bewick's Swans near Ludham Airfield in field SE of Elderbush Lane
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets north of Martham still at Cess in field by track off Cess Road. Use pay +display car park at Martham Boats
Norfolk Shag 1w Whitlingham Ctry Park still 12,27pm on Great Broad on pontoon
Norfolk 7.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still at paddocks TL.820.936
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley till 10.18am by beach car park on beach near pillbox then flew east
Norfolk 24.Bewick's Swans just east of Ingham still in field south of Palling Road opposite Marshlands Farm at 11.31am TG.406.263
Norfolk presumed escape Lesser White-fronted Goose ad SE of Terrington St.Clement in field by A17 viewed from layby 11.10am with Pink-footed Geese [presumably the individual earlier present in Yorks +Lancs between Jun 2020 +Sept 2021]
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB still in main car park in 1st bay
Norfolk 6.Bewick's Swans (2.ads) Ludham Airfield
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wells still at Two Furlong Hill in horse paddock by B1105/ A149 junction TF.912.433
Norfolk Shag 1w Burnham Overy still on pool at Burnham Water Mill
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Pentney GPs from road opposite Ashwood Lodge access road TF.715.133
Norfolk Shag 1w Whitlingham Ctry Park still on Great Broad on pontoon at 8.30am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley still by beach car park on beach near pillbox at 8.40am
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes y'day just south of Waxham
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose on Sunday west of Bittering at Salter's Lane
Norfolk 11.Snow Buntings y'day Cley NWT still on beach at 12.30pm