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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 Wednesday 5th January 2022

Sunny but with a very cold north-westerly wind, on the sea a Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Fulmar, 3 Gannets and a Velvet Scoter were seen. A Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the village, a Cetti's Warbler and a pair of Stonechats were still near the Obs and a single Fieldfare dropped into the pines.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh by Lady Anne's Drive at 3.20pm +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill 1w south of Ludham at St.Benet's Levels at 2.10pm then flew NNE. 6.Bewick's Swans just north of Ludham at 2.20pm TG.392.190
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets north of Martham still at Cess in field by track east of Cess Road at 3.10pm. Use pay +display car park at Martham Boats TG.441.189
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 2.43pm on seal carcass east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 3.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) 4mls ENE of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad by 2.46pm but no sign of redhead Smew
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB still near Fen Hide at 11,30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 4mls ENE of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at 2.14pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again over Thornham Marsh at 1.58pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Wells still on pitch +putt course at 2pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk report of Russian White-fronted Goose north of Grimston at Congham was erroneous
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe SE of King's Lynn still 2pm at Hardwick Flood Lagoon. Park by A149 west of roundabout +view from verge TF.642.185 PE30 4BF
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose ad 1ml south of Titchwell in field just north of Choseley drying barns at 12.54pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose north of Grimston at Congham at St.Andrews Lane
Norfolk 50.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield in field by Gipsies Lane at 10.30am
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 3.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Cley flew west over beach +Red-necked Grebe flew past
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe SE of King's Lynn at Hardwick Flood Lagoon at 12.51pm. Park by A149 west of roundabout +view from verge TF.642.185 PE30 4BF
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley still 12.14pm 1/3ml east of beach car park
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley still tho mobile (+14.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Smew redhead Rollesby Broad at 11.20am
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area at 11am (+16.Snow Buntings) TF.899.460
Norfolk 48.Snow Buntings Snettisham RSPB still just north of sailing club. Black Redstart near chalet.117
Norfolk Shag 1w Whitlingham Ctry Park still on Great Broad on pontoon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley on shingle ridge by beach car park at 10.15am then flew west
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp on beach opposite scrape
Norfolk no sign of juv.Iceland Gull y'day East Wretham Heath on Langmere late a'noon (but 4+Caspian Gulls (2+1w)))