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9th October 2023

Norfolk Ornithologists Association - NOA

Another day of dramatic migration. The Arctic Warbler was not found again but 3 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the recording area with one showing and calling throughout the day in the sycamores opposite the Observatory. Also of interest were 9 Eider, 450 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater, 115 Gannets, 4 Arctic Skuas, 18 Razorbills, 2 Black Terns and 16 Sandwich Terns at sea, while a ring-tail Hen Harrier, Greenshank, 250+ Goldcrests, 17 Bearded Tits, 30 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, a Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 20 Bramblings, 40 Chaffinches, 65 Siskins and a Crossbill were noted, and at least 8 Cattle Egrets were still in with the herd on the grazing marsh.

In the moth traps there were 6 Feathered Ranunculus, a Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, 14 Lunar Underwings, a Saure Spot Rustic, 10 Large Yellow Underwings, 9 Large Wainscots, a Red-line Quaker, Red-green Carpet, Least Carpet, Black Rustic, 2 Beaded Chestnuts and a Clancy’s Rustic.

Norfolk no sign of Arctic Warbler Holme Dunes by 2pm but 3.Y-br.Wblrs +showing well c52.9741,0.5401
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach north of High Sreet +showing well c52.9459,1.2069
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods at drinking pool briefly c52.9734,0.8389
Norfolk Pec Sand juv just east of Wells still at North Point Pools on east pool at 1.05pm. Use small car park north of A149 52.9513,0.8746
Norfolk LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER ad Cley NWT still on Pat’s Pool from Daukes’ Hide late morning 52.9563,1.0582
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still late morning east of crosstracks in oak south of track 52.9711,0.7945
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at end of Sandy Wall at 11am then flew south over River Yare c52.6062,1.4548
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose ad Titchwell RSPB still on Freshmarsh at 11.20am c52.9692,0.6068
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr NE of Salthouse +north of A149 in sallows 300yds along Meadow Lane at 11.45am c52.9507,1.1032
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Sculthorpe from layby at 10.42am c52.8424,0.8043
Norfolk 10,000.Chaffinches flew over Hunstanton Cliffs by mid morning c52.9443,0.4931
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes at 10.12am c52.9630,0.7474
Norfolk probable Dusky Warbler Holkham Pines north of George Washington Hide briefly 9.45am c52.9702,0.8078
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines just east of crosstracks 52.9711,0.7945
Norfolk WILSON’S PHALAROPE 1w 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen on North Fen from coast path at 8.35am c52.9572,0.9599. Use A149 layby, walk east +take path north along W.side of River Stiffkey 52.9546,0.9512
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Wilson’s Phalarope 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen from coast path c52.9572,0.9599. Use A149 layby, walk east +take path north along west side of River Stiffkey 52.9546,0.9512
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holme NOA