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15th February 2024

Male Merlin Ben Rackstraw

A male Merlin was hunting on the beach between Thornham and Gore Point. Other birds of interest were a female Goldeneye on the Broadwater, a drake Goosander passing west over the pines, and at least 1 Woodcock. On the sea 14 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, a Pintail and 26 Red-breasted Mergansers were counted. A pair of Med Gulls were around the Broadwater and on the grazing marshes 1500+ Golden Plover and 700+ Lapwings were counted. A Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipits, 4 Stonechats, 4 Bullfinches and a Siskins were also noted.

A Brimstone butterfly and the first Common Toads were also seen.

Norfolk BLACK SCOTER ad.drk Holkham Bay still midday on sea east of Holkham Gap (+15+Velvet Scoters still) c52.9760,0.8124
Norfolk 2.Scaup (both 1w.drks) Welney WWT still from main observatory 52.5278,0.2775
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail south of West Newton by grey barns at 10.05am c52.8020,0.5095
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum again in paddock c52.5103,0.6805
Norfolk 13.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still west of Holkham Gap on beach c52.9781,0.7837
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still c52.9644,0.6092
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Strumpshaw at Mill Hill /Stone Road crossroads just east of recycling centre with Pink-footed Geese c52.6103,1.4760
Norfolk Cley Bird Club, North Norfolk Group NWT +North East Norfolk Bird Club joint meeting tonight at Cley Village Hall at 7.30pm featuring Dawn Balmer ‘Rare Breeding Birds Panel’. Entry £3. Doors open 7pm. Refreshments provided
Norfolk BLACK SCOTER ad.drk Holkham Bay still on sea at Holkham Gap c52.9760,0.8124
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew east over Choseley