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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 18th September 2020

 
Feathered Ranunculus

At the Observatory today is was a bright, cloudless and very breezy day with an easterly winds bringing a few migrants early in the day. At least 3 Redstarts were on the site and a few groups totalling 12+ Bramblings were counted, with a Grey Wagtail flying over calling, 2 Crossbills and 6+ Redpolls also recorded. At least 79 Pink-feet and a single Brent were noted, and on the sea 120 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 128 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic and 3 Great Skuas, 46+ Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were of interest. Other birds seen included 2 Red Kites, 4 Great White Egrets, 220 Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Snipe.
 
In the moth trap a Lesser Yellow Underwing, a Turnip, 4 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Feathered Ranunculus, 32 Lunar Underwings, 16 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Square-spot Rustics, a Willow Beauty, 2 Vine's Rustics, a Black Rustic, a Large Wainscot, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Archer's Darts and on the buddleias a Humming-bird Hawk Moth were all recorded.
 
 

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Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 2.50pm Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk 6+Pied Flys Holkham between car park +Joe Jordan Hide this morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Sheringham flew over west end of golf course at 9.05am
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Holme Dunes NWT this morning +3.Brambling
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Warham Greens
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham NNR still 1.33pm by main path 100yds east of Washington Hide
Norfolk 5.Great Northern Divers Cley flew past beach car park
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 1.06pm Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings between Warham Greens +East Hills on saltmarsh
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 12.25pm 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump +showing well. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11.43am Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove TF.939.438
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB on south pit from South Hide at 11.05am
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Titchwell RSPB still on beach at end of footpath at 10.34am
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 10.13am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 11.20am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump at tho mobile. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy. 9.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy. 9.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11.09am Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove TF.939.438
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 10.45am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump then flew over river. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods at 10.53am (+Brambling)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Northrepps at Hungry Hill at east end in cottage garden mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods just east of toilet block +Pied Fly. Redwing in Dell
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still +Curlew Sand 40.Common Cranes
Norfolk repeat: BROWN SHRIKE 1w Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove TF.939.438
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w Warham Greens in field south of coastal path west of Garden Drove
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Waxham at church
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills just E.of Wells again at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 6.46am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Pied Fly Stiffkey by path towards Stiffkey Fen at 8.51am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump at 8.55am then flew off. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Holme Dunes on beach near Gore Point at 6.30pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham NNR by Washington Hide +Pied Fly
Norfolk Wryneck Stiffkey west of car park in bushes by coastal path at 8.06am TF.959.439
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Stiffkey still
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Blakeney at Kettlehill Plantation on south side
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes at start of boardwalk
Norfolk 5+Spoonbills Stiffkey still on saltmarsh at 6.49am +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings y'day Blakeney Point (+3.Pied Flys)

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 17th September 2020

With wind still blowing from the Northeast we again started the day full of expectation. We weren't disappointed with a Red-breasted Flycatcher appearing on site and quickly finding its way into a mist net. A Pectoral Sandpiper was found on the NWT reserve, though only showing to a fortunate few. Two Redstarts, four Wheatears and at least three Pied flycatchers were also seen during the day. Other birds of note including Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Brambling, Hobby, Peregrine and Arctic Skua(2). The moth trap highlight was a rather smart Black Rustic.
Red-breasted Flycatcher - Robert Jolliffe

Black Rustic


Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 16th September 2020

The day got off to a good start with a Pied Flycatcher and a Willow Warbler recorded along the East Bank followed by a Hawfinch briefly around the Pines, but after that unfortunately things quietened down from a migration perspective.
Birds noted in and around the reserve during the day included single Kingfisher, Spotted Redshank, Pintail, Grey Wagtail, Whinchat and Siskin(2).
Sea-watching produced two Manx Shearwaters, four Arctic Skuas and single Bonxie, Guillemot and Red-throated Diver.
Kingfisher on the Broadwater this morning.

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Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both juvs) Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 2.59pm
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR at 11.30am (+2.Spotted Redshanks) TM.173.831
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills at south end at 1.03pm (4.Curlew Sands on mudflats) cTF.925.458
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen along track this morning tho elusive (+36.Spoonbills still). Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 11.30am +4.Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh from East Bank at 6.28pm
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still on main lagoon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy still: 3.on saltmarsh, 1.with cattle
Norfolk Hawfinch Holme Dunes briefly
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 8.50am 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool E.of windpump then flew +seemed to land S.of river c500yds west of mill. Pk nr barns at S.end of Swim Road +take f'path W NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Weybourne at 8.01am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv again 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pools just east of windpump at 7am then flew west. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.10
Norfolk 29.Common Cranes y'day Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill roost at 6.30pm

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 15th September 2020

Sightings today included two male Crossbills in the Pines early morning plus several groups of fly over Siskin, sixteen in total.  Kingfisher, Black-tailed Godwit (35) and Spotted Redshank were on the Broadwater. At least one Great White Egret was on the grazing Marsh. a Spotted Flycatcher was in the west end of the Pines and on the NWT reserve a Wryneck was seen again early morning along the coastal path.
Moths included 12 Lunar Underwing, 10 Square Spot Rustic, 3 Willow Beauty and Light Emerald, Large Wainscot and Archers Dart. A Humming Bird Hawkmoth was again on the Buddleia near the Obs building.

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 14th September 2020

A Glossy Ibis was reported flying east over the entrance gate this morning, and 3 Spoonbills flew west over the Broadwater. Also of interest were 5+ Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Siskins over calling. Waders included 2 Whimbrel, 42 Curlew, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 55 Lapwings. A total of at least 174 Pink-feet came in off the sea during the morning and 2 Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, a Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs and 4 Cetti's Warblers were also recorded.

In the moth traps 3 Flounced Rustics, a Snout, 11 Lunar Underwings,26 Square-spot Rustics, 6 Lesser Yellow Underwings, a Brimstone, 21 Large Yellow Underwings, a Rosy Wave, Pale Mottled Willow, Yellow Belle, 2 Small Blood Vein, a Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Centre-barred Sallow, 3 Archer's Darts, 2 White-lined Darts, 6 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, an Angle Shades, 2 Frosted Oranges, a Turnip, and a Vine's Rustic were caught. A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia and Small Copper, Brown Argus, Small Heath and Small Tortoiseshell were seen.

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Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT +2+Great White Egrets 4.Common Cranes Wood Sand
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2.30pm 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pools just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk no further sign of Glossy Ibis Stiffkey on saltmarsh north of Campsite car park early a'noon (but juv.Whinchat)
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still along South Wall early morning +Osprey
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS again 12.30pm 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on scrape just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Burnham Norton on NE pool at 11am +ringtail.Hen Harrier 11+Spoonbills 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Bowthorpe early a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS till 10.45am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim just east of windpump but no further sign by 11.30am. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 11.15am Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR TM.173.831
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 10am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on scrape just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Stiffkey on saltmarsh north of Campsite car park landed on north side of gorse belt at 8.35am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Holme Dunes NWT over entrance gate then flew east
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 9am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on scrape just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy with cattle
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west for c300yds to west of windpump NR29 3EH

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 13th September 2020

A very breezy but sunny day. A Great White Egret and a Red Kite were seen during the day, and on the grazing marsh 2+ Whimbrel, 2 Avocets, 35+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and 4 Snipe were noted.

The moth trap contained a Dewick's Plusia, 2 Willow Beauties, an Archer's Dart, 7 Large Yellow Underwings, an Angle Shades, a Fern, 5 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 8 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Flounced Rustics, 2 White-line Darts, 5 Lunar Underwings, a Double-striped Pug, Snout and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth.

Dewick's Plusia Moth



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Norfolk Black-throated Diver ad flew east past Weybourne Camp 6.45-9.15am +Spotted Redshank flew west
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT from Main Observatory +4.Great White Egrets 4.Common Cranes
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still mid a'noon Burnham Overy at north end of saltmarsh then flew east +appeared to land in fields towards Holkham Pines
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Burnham Overy at north end of saltmarsh
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NE corner of South Section
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 12.20pm Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton off Water Lane in eastern cattle field late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still on South Pool from visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Breydon Water at NE end
Norfolk Great White Egret Ranworth at Malthouse Broad
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR at 7.43am (+3.Spotted Redshanks still)

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 12th September 2020

On the sea today 4 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Sandwich Terns, 6 Common Terns and 9 Arctic Terns were noted. Two Great White Egrets were at the back of the marsh. Two Red Kites passed over the pines and a Water Rail was heard, with 4 Whimbrel, 2 Avocets and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits were recorded. A Barn Owl, two Tawny Owls and a Wheatear were also of interest.

Moths included 5 Archer's Darts, 14 Square-spot Rustics, a Snout, a Canary-shouldered Thorn, 8 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Silver Ys, 8 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 2 White-line Darts, 1 Flounced Rustic, 2 Rosy Rustics, a Centre-barred Sallow, 2 Vine's Rustics, a Lunar Underwing and a White Point.

Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath and a late Gatekeeper.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Norwich north of Stafford Street flew east at c2.45pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy with cattle at 2.08pm
Norfolk 6.Spotted Redshanks Snettisham RSPB on Pit.4
Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Dickleburgh Moor NR still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 12.08pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 45.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 10.20am Dickleburgh Moor NR (+2.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR TM.173.831
Norfolk Garganey just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Great White Egret Spoonbill. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over West Runton at 8.40am
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still 7.51am +2+Curlew Sands still
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west past Weybourne at 7.40am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 11th September 2020

On the sea today a single Fulmar flew west and 16 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 3 Little Terns, 70+ Sandwich Terns, 16 Common Terns and a juvenile Arctic Tern were recorded. A flock of 80 Black-tailed Godwits were on the grazing marsh and 3 Great White Egrets were of note. Five Stonechats were on Holme Golf Course and 2 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling. A Merlin and a Red Kite were also of interest.

In the moth traps a Gold Spot, 5 Archers Darts, 12 Square-spot Rustics, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 4 Lunar Underwings, a Frosted Orange, 11 Large Yellow Underwings, 7 Silver Ys, 2 White-line Darts, 3 Brimstone, a Vine's Rustic, a Ruby Tiger, 2 Centre-barred Sallows, a Green Carpet, a Flounced Rustic, Double-striped Pug, Large Wainscot and Light Emerald were caught.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy still on saltmarsh at 3.59pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Dickleburgh Moor NR TM.173.831
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 2.39pm Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy on saltmarsh at 11am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Heacham flew south over South Beach 7.30-9.30am
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 11.05am Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk 35.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Garganey just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 10am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 10.30am Dickleburgh Moor NR TM.173.831
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.46am
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.28am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach at end of boardwalk at 9.36am. Little Stint still on freshmarsh +2.Curlew Sands still
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west past Weybourne at 7.41am
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Osprey 2mls NW of Mulbarton at Kettringham Hall over lake at 7.11am then flew towards Ladybelt Ctry Park

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 8th September 2020

On the sea today 262 Common Scoters, 19 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes, an Arctic Skua, 2 Guillemots, 2 Little Terns, 39 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns were recorded, with a Great White Egret, 2 Water Rails, 2 Avocets, 200+ Oystercatchers, 60 Lapwings, 25 Curlew, 45 Black-tailed Godwits, a late Swift, 25 Swallows and 50+ House Martins counted. A Whinchat and 3 Stonechats were along the east bank mid afternoon, and the dubious Bar-headed Goose was still on the grazing marsh.

In the moth traps 4 Brimstones, a White Point, 2 Flounced Rustics, 17 Square-spot Rustics, a Snout, 8 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Blood Vein, a Pale Mottled Willow, 6 Silver Ys, a White-line Dart, 6 Archer's Darts, 5 Large Yellow Underwings and a Turnip were caught, with a Huming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell.

A Common Lizard was basking in the morning sunshine on the viewing platform.

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Norfolk Wryneck 3/4ml NW of Weybourne still 3.11pm at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beachTG.103.437
Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Dickleburgh Moor NR this a'noon +released White Stork still this a'noon
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes in cattle field east of track between A149 +dunes at 2.19pm
Norfolk 46.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 1.04pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Welney WWT still from Friends Hide +Wood Sand
Norfolk Wryneck 3/4ml NW of Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach at 12.55pm TG.103.437
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Burnham Overy Marshes +Bittern
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet +SE of Money Lane at 11.23am TG.446.258
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Ortolan Bunting on 1st September flew over Norwich [identified from sound recording]
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 8.20am +juv.Curlew Sand
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still just SE of coast path junction by pool in cattle field at 8.37am TF.853.448
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets y'day Burnham Overy Marshes still

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 7th September 2020

Another 37 Pink-feet came in off the sea today and a Hobby flew over the pines. Around the marshes 80 Wigeon, a Great White Egret, 8 Whimbrel, and 30 Black-tailed Godwits were counted. At least 80 House Martins and 15 Swallows were feeding over the marshes and 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Blackcaps and a Lesser Whitethroat were also noted.

In the moth traps 3 Dingy Footmen, 7 Flounced Rustics, 2 Brimstones, 5 White-line Darts, 11 Square-spot Rustics, 20 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 6 Archer's Darts, a Willow Beauty, a Rusty-dot Pearl, Ruby Tiger, Blood Vein, 2 Yellow Belles, 3 Silver Ys, a White Point, 3 Vine's Rustics, a Setaceous Hebrew Character, Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Turnips and a Pale Mottled Willow were caught.

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Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both juvs) Cromer still on beach
Norfolk 2.Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml SE of Cantley still at Cantley beet factory. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still +juv.Curlew Sand
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes (both 1w) still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet +SE of Money Lane this morning cTG.446.258
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from sea wall near bench at 12.55pm
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT still from Friends Hide +2.Spotted Redshanks Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach
Norfolk Barred Warbler Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 late morning +Great White Egret
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet +SE of Money Lane 100yds west of white caravan cTG.446.258
Norfolk Grey Plover Norwich flew WSW over Newmarket Street at 7.42am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes in brambles at start of boardwalk (not Wryneck)
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes in brambles at start of boardwalk
Norfolk no sign of juv.White-winged Black Tern 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory by 7.10am. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 6th September 2020

The first Pink-feet began to arrive with 13 seen coming in off the sea. On the sea today Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Fulmars, a Manx Shearwater and 2 Great Skuas were the highlights. A Water Rail was heard and 2 Wheatears were on the beach.

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Norfolk 3+Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water still at east end at 3.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Beeston Regis
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 4.Whinchats Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Bawsey Pits this morning
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne still 2.30pm at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach (+Whinchat)
Norfolk Wryneck y'day Hemsby
Norfolk White Stork flew over Dickleburgh Moor NR at 2.40pm
Norfolk no sign of Purple Heron Ormesby Little Broad midday -2.15pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Point +Whinchat
Norfolk Curlew Sand y'day Holme Dunes
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Whinchat
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern juv still early a'noon 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory at SW lagoon (+Wood Sand Curlew Sand). Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne still late morning at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach (+Whinchat)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes flew in off sea then flew west
Norfolk 7.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool mid morning
Norfolk 50.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes (both 1w) still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet south of Money Lane viewed from road late morning
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk 45.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wryneck reported Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Welney WWT from Friends Hide
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach
Norfolk Osprey flew south over East Wretham Heath NWT at 8am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet c200yds south of east end of Money Lane viewed from coast path at 8.50am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy still with cattle +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Osprey Burgh Castle at 9.05am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver y'day flew west past Cley mid a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Spotted Redshank juv just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Great White Egret Spoonbill Whinchat. Purple Sand still at east end of quay at 8am then flew to saltmarsh
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern juv still 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory at SW lagoon at 7.20am. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Curlew Sand Old Hunstanton on beach opposite Ancient Mariner Inn

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 5th September 2020

On the sea today 2 Red-throated Divers, 60 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Great Skuas and 44 Sandwich Terns were recorded. Also of note today were 2 Red Kites, 6 Buzzards, a Water Rail, 50 Lapwings, 93 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Bar-tailed Godwits, single Ruff and Curlew Sandpiper, Common and Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, juvenile Peregrine and a White Wagtail.

 

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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still 4.33pm Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet at east end of Money Lane viewed from coast path

Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham on rocks at east end of promenade at 8.30am

Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB

Norfolk Wryneck Winterton Dunes in South Dunes

Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park at 9.40am

Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne still 2.14pm at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach

Norfolk White-winged Black Tern juv still 1.15pm 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory at SW lagoon +showing well. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026

Norfolk Purple Sand Wells at east end of quay by whelk huts 12.45pm +showing well

Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still. Spotted Redshank from Friends Hide

Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes (both 1w) still Waxham between Money Lane +Portakabins at 1.10pm

Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory this morning. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026

Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +8.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk 14.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +Curlew Sand

Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet +south of Money Lane from coast path by Portaloos

Norfolk no news on Red-backed Shrike Waxham

Norfolk Wood Sand still 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory in NE corner of southernmonst pool at 10.23am +juv.Curlew Sand still. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026

Norfolk White-winged Black Tern juv still 9.40am 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory at SW lagoon +showing well. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026

Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach at 8.50am

Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end

Norfolk 2.Whinchats Stiffkey west of campsite in field by logn path at 7.04am

Norfolk White-winged Black Tern juv still 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory at SE lagoon. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 2nd September 2020

The Greenish Warbler was still present from early morning and showed well in the sycamore opposite the Observatory building until about 9.45am. The bird wasn't relocated on the NOA reserve again, with many looking unsuccessfully throughout the rest of the day. A Pied Flycatcher was in the Silver Birch and a Redstart was seen west of the Richardson Hide. Other birds of note today included a Great White Egret, 2 Water Rails, 300 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 350+ Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 3 Snipe, a juvenile Peregrine, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 9 Stonechats and 3 Wheatears.

Moths today included a Rusty Dot Pearl, 13 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 White Points, a Turnip moth, 9 Archer's Darts, a Willow Beauty, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 5 Square-spot Rustics, 6 Flounced Rustics, a Yellow Belle, a Silver Y, 2 Vine's Rustics, a Lesser Yellow Underwing, a Smoky Wainscot and 3 White-line Darts.
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Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water still mid a'noon from South Wall +Whinchat
Norfolk no further sign of Wryneck Titchwell RSPB near Fen Hide by 3pm
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this a'noon +4.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from main observatory +Great White Egret Bittern
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 3+Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water still early a'noon at east end
Norfolk Purple Heron Ormesby Little Broad again
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still 12.58pm Waxham by coast path near Portaloos south of Money Lane TG.445.259
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB still 12.59pm on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide then flew north
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 12.15pm in elders 50yds west of Gun Hill tho mobile
Norfolk 9.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB still 12.09pm on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.45am in elders 180yds east of Gun Hill
Norfolk Pied Fly Horsey late morningNorfolk Pied Fly Aylmerton at Church Road early morning
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB still 10.40am on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide
Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB on South Pit at 10.38am
Norfolk Whinchat 1.5mls south of Thetford flew south over Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad flew past Weavers' Way Hide at 10.07am
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv y'day just NW of Snettisham at Ken Hill in tree at dusk [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk Osprey Burgh Castle
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes (both 1w) still Waxham at 9.15am: 1.by coast path near Portaloos south of Money Lane, 1.in nettles by Money Lane midway between coast road +footpath
Norfolk 6.Whinchats Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB still 9.11am on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide
Norfolk Spoonbill just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 9.10am in sycamore near bird observatory
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham by coast path near Portaloos south of Money Lane +showing well TG.445.259
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on mud at 6.26am
Norfolk 3.Whinchats Salthouse still on fence just east of Gramborough Hill at 8.10am
Norfolk Wood Warbler Winterton in South Valley in trees below Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Warham Greens on saltmarsh north of Garden Drove at 7.22am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still in elders 100yds east of Gun Hill at 7.15am
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB still on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide at 6.58am
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still in alder near bird observatory at 6.49am

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 1st September 2020


A beautiful day, sunny and calm. Roger opened the nets early and caught good numbers of Meadow Pipits and a few warblers. I arrived around 9am and after doing my first net run spotted a Greenish Warbler in the sycamore right outside the observatory. Roger had to leave at about 10.30 so I was left to hold down the fort while Sophie was ringing at Drove Orchards. I was only catching one or two birds per round, and this particular round I only caught one bird but it was a Greenish Warbler!! Such a smart little bird, it was a young bird in good condition and a good amount of fat. What a great start to September!!

There was a few other nice migrants around including a Pied Fly, a couple Whinchats, a Redstart and 4 Wheatear.

A Raven was reported flying over mid morning.

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Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 2.14pm in alder opposite observatory
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon 100yds east of Gun Hill from south side
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide at c2.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Breydon Water this morning
Norfolk Whinchat Felbrigg Hall NT
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Snettisham RSPB briefly this morning
Norfolk Dotterel y'day Choseley flew west near drying barns at c6pm
Norfolk 2+Pied Flys 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills cTF.925.458
Norfolk Wood Warbler Warham Greens along Garden Drove
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still c1pm 100yds east of Gun Hill from south side
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +4.Common Cranes
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump
Norfolk 3.Whinchats Gramborough Hill
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 11.55am trapped +ringed
Norfolk Purple Heron Ormesby Little Broad again
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham in blackthorn c50yds south of Money Lane late morning +showing well cTG.445.259
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 10.30am at Gun Hill +showing well
Norfolk 2.Wrynecks Burnham Overy Dunes still between boardwalk +Gun Hill. Barred Warbler still c9.30am tho mobile +no sign since
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA in sycamore near observatory
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB over saltmarsh mid morning
Norfolk 9.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water
Norfolk Osprey flew south past Snettisham RSPB mid morning
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh. Pied Fly Stubb Mill
Norfolk 7+Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Whinchat Beeston Bump still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB on pits at high tide +7.Spotted RedshanksNorfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still just east of Gun Hill at 7.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 7.25pm then flew off

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 31st August 2020

A pleasant and sunny day with a reducing north wind. On the sea highlights included 20 Shelduck, 28 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 74 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmars, 7 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 26 Little Terns, 16 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and a Med Gull. Also of interest were 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 4 Whimbrel, 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, 4 Swifts, a Sand Martin, 10 Swallows, 120+ House Martins, 3 Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroats, 4 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, Yellow, Grey and Pied Wagtail singles.

In the moth traps 2 Silver Ys, a Garden Pebble, 3 Vine's Rustics, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 3 Square-spot Rustics, 7 Large Yellow Underwings, 7 Flounced Rustics, 2 Turnips, 5 Archer's Darts, a Common Wainscot, a Fern, 2 Seathorn Groundlings and a Pied Smudge were noted.

Butterflies included Common Blue, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Red Admiral.

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Norfolk 2.Whinchats Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Temminck's Stint juv still this a'noon Cantley beet factory (+juv.Wood Sand still) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham again 2.05pm at NW end of The Green along public footpath just west of Marsh House [heard only] TF.732.437
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Thornham at NE end of The Green along public footpath just west of Marsh House by 1.55pm TF.732.437
Norfolk 1+Pied Fly Waxham 50yds south of Shangri-La
Norfolk 2.Barred Warblers Blakeney Point: 1.in Lifeboat Station garden, 1.in Plantation
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on mud
Norfolk Hawfinch Great Yarmouth along School Road Back north of Suspension Bridge Tavern at 11.40am NR30 1LB
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB still early a'noon from windpump
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham at The Green along public footpath just west of Marsh House (+2.Pied Flys) TF.732.437
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance early a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Cley NWT late morning
Norfolk Temminck's Stint still 11.10am Cantley beet factory tho elusive (+Wood Sand still. 5.Curlew Sands flew thru at 9.40am) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 22.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp by scrape before masts viewable from beach at 10.55am (not at Muckleburgh Hill)
Norfolk Wryneck Muckleburgh Hill by scrape at Muckleburgh Military Collection viewable from beach
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB early morning
Norfolk 2+Wrynecks Burnham Overy Dunes mid morning: 2.at Gun Hill, 2.by boardwalk
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Winterton South Dunes still in sycamores below Hermanus restaurant
Norfolk Wood Warbler 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills cTF.925.458
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret 3.Great White Egrets 4.Common Cranes
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 9.55am at Gun Hill +2.Wrynecks
Norfolk 5+Little Stints Cley NWT on North Scrape +Whinchat
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still mid morning at Gun Hill
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point still in Lifeboat Station garden (+3+Pied Flys)
Norfolk Great White Egret juv Walsey Hills NOA still 9am on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill still mid morning
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway ent +Little Gull Great White Egret Whinchat 6.Spoonbill. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk 12.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk Pied Fly Wymondham in NW corner of allotments near feeding station at 7.45am then flew to poplars by River Tiffey
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early morning then flew south
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Great White Egret Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cantley beet factory (+Wood Sand still +Whinchat) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Cantley beet factory still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Skuas (all juvs) y'day flew NW past Mundesley 5.45-11.45am +20.Sooty S'waters ad.Little Gull

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 30th August 2020

Another exciting seawatching this morning with highlights including 56 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 11 Pintail, 118 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver east, 5 Fulmars, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 50 Gannets, 50 Arctic Skuas, 43 Bonxies, 6 Little Terns, 8 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns and 6 Kittiwakes. Also of interest today were  5 Whimbrel, 280+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Great White Egrets, 3 juvenile Med Gulls at Thornham Harbour, 2 Tawny Owls calling in the pines, 2 Sand Martins, 6 Swallows and 50+ House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Reed Warblers, 3+ Pied Flycatchers (one ringed at the Observatory), 2+ Stonechats and a Wheatear.

Moths remained scarce with 4 Silver Ys, 2 Flounced Rustics, a Large Yellow Underwing, 4 Square-spot Rustics and a Turnip in the traps. Butterflies included Speckled Wood, Small Heath and Brown Argus, with 20+ Migrant Hawkers and 30+ Common Darters also noted.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv Cley flew west past beach car park 2.30-3.40pm (+2.Sooty S'waters)
Norfolk 1+Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still c3.15pm in sea buckthorn west of boardwalk
Norfolk no further sign of any Wrynecks Burnham Overy Dunes at 3pm (but Pied Fly still)
Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way at 3.05pm
Norfolk Black Tern flew west over Titchwell RSPB +2.Great White Egrets 6.Spoonbills
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Little Stints (all juvs) Cley NWT on North Scrape at 2.45pm
Norfolk 30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Little Gull. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Cromer 6.15-10.15am (+4.Sooty S'waters)
Norfolk 3.Sooty S'waters flew past Winterton 12.05-1.55pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point in Lifeboat Station garden (+2+Pied Flys)
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Buckenham Marshes RSPB still mid a'noon from hide +3.Little Stints still +released White Stork still
Norfolk 5.Sooty S'waters flew past Happisburgh this morning
Norfolk 2.Wrynecks Burnham Overy Dunes (+3.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still early a'noon on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 12.40pm then 2.flew east. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still 12.40pm NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Cley NWT on Pat's Pool. juv.Little Stint on North Scrape
Norfolk Pom Skua ad flew east past Cley 6.30-10.45am (+Storm Petrel flew west +ad.Little Gull)
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still 12.25pm on freshmarsh +Little Stint still
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) Buckenham Marshes RSPB late morning
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham (+2.Sooty S'waters)
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.45am by boardwalk
Norfolk White Stork Buckenham Marshes RSPB late morning
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Scratby
Norfolk Black Guillemot Cley on sea near beach car park at 11.24am then flew west
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sand Burnham Norton Marsh +Spotted Redshank Cattle Egret. Little Gull flew past
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes south of fence just east of boardwalk late morning
Norfolk Black Tern juv Colney GPs still 11am from Chapel Break Road
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on mud
Norfolk 10.Sooty S'waters flew past Winterton 6.30-10.30am
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Cley 6.15-9.45am
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on mud
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Little Stint still
Norfolk report of ad.Long-tailed Skua west past Cley at c8.24am was erroneous
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua ad flew west past Cley at c8.24am
Norfolk Black Tern juv Colney GPs still 9.45am from road
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide at 9.45am
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Winterton South Dunes: 1.in sycamores below Hermanus restaurant, 1.near tall pine
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide at 9am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Tern juv Colney GPs +ad.Little Gull thru
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Cley at 7.58am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 29th August 2020

Seawatching was exciting first thing with 45 Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 5 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 8 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 37 Fulmars, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 91 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pom Skuas, 55 Arctic Skuas, 30 Great Skuas, 3 Little Terns, 18 Sandwich Terns, a juvenile Arctic Tern, 117 Kittiwakes, and an adult Little Gull recorded. Also of interest today were a Water Rail, a Little Ringed Plover west, 15 Whimbrel, 250+ Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, 150+ House Martins and a Wheatear, Pied Flycatcher, 4 Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Only 5 moths were caught today; Dingy Footman, Flounced Rustic, Silver Y, Large Yellow Underwing and Agriphila geniculea.

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Norfolk 2+Long-tailed Skuas (both juvs) flew past Cley
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB +Little Stint Great White Egret Spoonbill
Norfolk Black Tern y'day flew past Trimingham
Norfolk 2.Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton Valley in Hermanus sycamores
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Curlew Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.17pm +Turnstone
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still +3.Little Gulls flew past
Norfolk dead Pied Fly 1w Snettisham RSPB on path to Shore Hide
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB on mud at 10.50am +juv.Spoonbill still on pit
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Waxham Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey west of Horsey Straight layby
Norfolk Curlew Sand Sheringham on beach
Norfolk Storm Petrel Sheringham flew west past east end of Promenade at 8.50am
Norfolk possible Pied Fly Wymondham in trees east of railway near sewage works with tit flock tho elusive
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham +landed on sea briefly mid morning (+drk.Scaup Little Gull). Long-tailed Skua flew past Cley mid morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham +landed on sea briefly mid morning (+drk.Scaup Little Gull). Long-tailed Skua flew past Cley mid morning
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk Great S'water flew north past Walcott at 6.50am (+Storm Petrel flew north)

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 28th August 2020

An increasingly blustery day with heavy rain at lunch time, highlights today were 10 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 65 Common Scoter offshore, 3 Fulmars, a Razorbill and 2 Kittiwakes offshore. A total of 78 Whimbrel were counted passing west and 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank were around the grazing marshes, and 2 Stonechats were in the dunes.

In the moth traps 3 Brimstones, 2 Rusty Dot Pearls, 13 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a White Ermine, 19 Flounced Rustics, 9 Silver Ys, 3 Common Wainscots, 4 Square-spot Rustics, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Vine's Rustics, 2 White-lined Darts, 2 Straw Dots, a Mottled Rustic, 7 Archer's Darts, 3 Snouts, a Blood-vein, a Mother-of-pearl, a Lime-speck Pug and a Dark Sword-grass were caught.

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Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still 4.04pm +juv.Curlew Sand 2.Spoonbills ad.Little Gull
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB on mudflats mid a'noon +3.Curlew Sands (2.juvs) still
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Winterton South Dunes in oaks
Norfolk Little Stint Cantley beet factory still this a'noon +Wood Sand still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints y'day Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still early morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still but no sign of Little Stint NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this morning +Great White Egret still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 5+Curlew Sands Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way +Little Stint still
Norfolk Osprey flew east over West Runton
Norfolk Wood Sand 1.5mls south of Thetford flew south over Nunnery Lakes NR at 7.03am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 26th August 2020

I was excited for a good seawatch this morning but unfortunately numbers were very low with the best bird being a Long-tailed Skua trying to fly west but getting pushed east by the strong wind. Also 3 Arctic Skua and a Bonxie were seen. Mark B went back out in the afternoon and had a very close in Manx Shearwater. He also had very brief views of a Hen Harrier (Ringtail) over the grazing marsh around midday which flushed up all the Black-tailed Godwits. A Greenshank was present at Thornham Habour. Two Whinchats were reported in the dunes.

Unsurprisingly the moth traps were rather empty! 4 Silver Y, 12 Flounced Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 1 Turnip Moth

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still on mud at 11.32am on flowing tide. 14.Spotted Redshanks on South Pit
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 11am +Great White Egret +Spoonbill flew west. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv flew west past Sheringham at 10.45am
Norfolk Black Tern juv Cley flew west past beach car park late morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Snettisham RSPB +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Weybourne at 7.15am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas flew east past Sheringham 6am-10am (+Black Guillemot)
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Harbour at 8.12am
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Sheringham at 7am
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv Cley flew past beach car park by 8am +ad.Roseate Tern (ad.Black Guillemot flew west at 8am)

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 25th August 2020

Storm Francis made birding difficult with heavy rain followed by very high winds. However, the Wryneck on the NWT reserve was still present and 2 Great White Egrets were seen over the grazing marsh at 8.15am. Also of interest were 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Snipe, 5 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper. A juvenile Turtle Dove and 2 Stonechats were also seen in the dunes.

The moth catch today was crowned by a fabulous Convolvulus Hawk Moth, but other migrants were also noted: 2 Rusty-dot Pearls, a Rush Veneer and a Pale Mottled Willow were also caught. Also of interest were 9 Silver Ys, 9 Archer's Darts, a Green Carpet, 4 White-lined Darts, 2 Cloaked Minors, a Common Wainscot, 9 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, 26 Large Yellow Underwings, 18 Flounced Rustics, 8 Vine's Rustic, 2 White Point, a Mother-of-pearl, a Square Spot Rustic, Flame Shoulder, Single Dotted Wave, 2 Dingy Footmen, Smoky Wainscot, Gold Spot, Straw Underwing, Turnip and Six-striped Rustic.

 
Turtle Dove

 
Convolvulus Hawk Moth

 

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Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas (both ads) flew west past Cley 8.10am-12.15pm (+Curlew Sand flew east)
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua subad flew past Cley this a'noon +ad.pale morph.Pom Skua tho distant
Norfolk 15.Spotted Redshanks Snettisham RSPB on South Pit at midday
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holme Dunes still
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh early morning

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 24th August 2020

An Osprey flew west at 12.25 and the Wryneck was again showing on the NWT reserve during the day. At Thornham Harbour 14 Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper were seen. Seabirds included a Common Scoter, Fulmar, Great Crested Grebe, 20 Little Terns and 20 Sandwich Terns. A Water Rail was heard along the Broadwater and 6 Whimbrel, 80 Curlew and 280+ Black-tailed Godwits were also noted. Also of interest today was a juvenile Merlin at the west end of the grazing marsh and 4 Crossbills flying west over the village.

An Emperor Dragonfly was flying along the east bank mid afternoon and Small Copper, Brown Argus and Small Heath were also noted. A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia briefly and in the traps 12 Silver Ys, 35 Large Yellow Underwings, 13 Archer's Darts, 16 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 33 Flounced Rustics, a Green Carpet, 2 Brimstones, 2 Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Cabbages, 5 Flame Shoulders, 6 Turnips, 3 Square-spot Rustics, 6 White-line Darts, a Six-striped Rustic, 2 Ferns, a Double-striped Pug, Swallow Prominent, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Light Emerald, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Small Square-spots, a Spectacle, 3 Vine's Rustics, 3 White Points, an Angle Shades, Chinese Character, a Lychnis and 2 Straw Underwings were caught.

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Norfolk no sign of White Stork (ringed) Rockland St.Mary by River Yare 10am-12.30pm
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 3.05pm by pillbox tho elusive
Norfolk 6.Caspian Gulls (all juvs) Cromer on beach at 8.22am
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 100yds west of pillbox south of electric fence at foot of dead tree at 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton this morning
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton at 12.25pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (1.juv) Breydon Water flew west at South Wall
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still from picnic area at visitor centre at 9.45am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water still +Great White Egret Spotted Redshank
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Icterine Warbler 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on south side TG.085.441
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) Rockland St.Mary still in field by river

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 23rd August 2020

A Wryneck was on the NWT reserve again throughout the day, and 2 Whinchats were also noted in the dunes. A small arrival of Willow Warblers was observed with 12+ on the NOA reserve, and at least 2 Stonechats also along the east bank. On the sea 2 Fulmars, 2 Gannets, 26 Little Terns, 57 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Purple Sandpiper west were the highlights. At least 12 Whimbrel flew through calling.

In the moth traps today a few scarcer species were noted with Scarce Bordered Straw, Antler and Dark Spectacle. Also recorded were 4 Dingy Footmen, 6 White-lined Dart, 30 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 15 Silver Ys, a Gold Swift, 50 Flounced Rustics, 7 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 5 Vine's Rustics, 13 Turnips, 3 Flame Shoulders, 5 Archer's Darts, 3 Straw Underwings, 23 Large Yellow Underwings, 7 Common Wainscots, 6 White Points, a Common Rustic, a Nutmeg, 2 Six-striped Rustics, a Small Sqaure-spot, Rosy Rustic and Smoky Wainscot.

Below: Scarce Bordered Straw, Dark Spectacle and Antler Moth.




Butterflies included 2 Brown Argus and 3 Small Heath.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Cley NWT still 2.15pm from Bishop's Hide
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 2.17pm 100yds west of pillbox south of electric fence +showing well
Norfolk Wood Sand 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road flew over Gramborough Hill early a'noonTG.085.441
Norfolk Wood Sand Walsey Hills NOA still 2.02pm on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still 1.53pm 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on south side TG.085.441
Norfolk no sign of any Wood Sands Dickleburgh Moor early a'noon
Norfolk Pied Fly Sheringham at Beeston Common in rowans behind pillbox at 12.43pm
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 43.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen this morning. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 100yds west of pillbox on bramble south of electric fence at 12.46pm
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still 12.50pm Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on south side
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Breydon Water from hide at midday at high tide
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2w +juv) Cromer from pier at 10.30am at high tide
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still late morning Salthouse at Gramborough Hill tho elusive
Norfolk 4+Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton +4.Spoonbills Little Stint
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) y'day Claxton still on Claxton Marshes
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Dickleburgh Moor NR at 10am
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at scrape before The Holt at 10.46am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney at Kettle Hill on telegraph wires at 10.23am
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Holme NWT by electric fence at 9.37am
Norfolk Icterine Warbler Salthouse at Gramborough Hill (+4.Whinchats)
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT on main lagoon
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley on Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Garganey still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT east of East Bank still on The Serpentine
Norfolk Pom Skua ad pale morph Cley flew east past beach car park at 8.20am
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Kelling Water Meadows still 3.10pm +Whinchat

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 22nd August 2020

Seawatching today produced a single Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 22 Gannets, a juvenile Arctic Skua chasing terns, 13 Little Terns, 165 Sandwich Terns, 15 Common Terns and 4 Arctic Terns. A Wryneck was reported in the dunes on the NWT reserve during the day, with Whinchat, Redstart and Lesser Whitethroat also seen there.

In the moth traps 45 Flounced Rustics, 5 Archer's Darts, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Square-spot Rustic, Straw Underwing, 5 Common Wainscots, 4 Silver Ys, 8 White-lined Darts, a Lesser Yellow Underwing, 6 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 8 Turnips, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Six-striped Rustics, a Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Angle Shades, Dark Arches, Smoky Wainscot, Vine's Rustic, 2 Small Square Spots, a Southern Wainscot and a Blood Vein were caught.


 Six-striped Rustic


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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still +Common Crane still
Norfolk 46.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen this morning. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Cley NWT still at Snipe's Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT
Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB flew in off sea at 2.10pm then flew west over saltmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Cley at 12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Horsey at Nelson Head Track
Norfolk Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 44.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (ad +2.juvs) y'day Snettisham RSPB in morning +16.Spotted Redshanks

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday19th August

Very quiet day the Greenish Warbler and Icterine Warbler were both reported as brief views early on but no further sign. A Black Tern was seen on the sea watch. Only 3 birds caught, all juvenile, including Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat and a Blue Tit!

139 moths of 42 species were caught this morning including a gorgeous Frosted Orange, one Poplar Hawk moth and most numerous were Flounced Rustic with 40 recorded.

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Norfolk 14.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at 8am
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Salthouse by Beach Road
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley NWT flew west past beach car park (juv.Wood Sand Snipe's Marsh)
Norfolk Wryneck Holme NWT in Forestry at 1.30pm
Norfolk Icterine Warbler Wells Woods again at The Dell at 11.15am with tit flock
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still this morning NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 12.45pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 1+Garganey just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance early a'noon +hybrid Ruddy Shelduck. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Pied Fly Sheringham still in cemetery
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Wells Woods on east side of The Dell
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Dersingham Bog late morning
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still +Icterine Warbler
Norfolk Pied Fly 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Salthouse still at Gramborough Hill at 6.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Snettisham RSPB still on pits +Black Tern
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys y'day Sheringham in cemetery

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 18th August 2020

The Greenish Warbler was seen early morning in the NWT car park but no further reports during the day. An Icterine Warbler was also reported in the NOA car park again today. A Pied Flycatcher was in the pines mid afternoon and 3 Great White Egrets, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Whinchat, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and 7 Crossbills were also seen in the recording area.

Moths included 36 Flounced Rustics, 6 Silver Ys, a Small Waved Umber, Brimstone, Drinker, 2 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 6 Dingy Footmen, 2 Turnips, 4 Double-striped Pugs, a Gold Swift, a Gold Spot, 4 Straw Underwings, a Rusty-dot Pearl, Breckland Plume, 2 White Points, Green Carpet, Vine's Rustic, Large, Lesser and Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, Cloaked Minor and 2 Common Wainscots.

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Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck East Wretham Heath at Langmere at 2.27pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme Dunes at back of pines near beach at 2.15pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still flew over Lady Fen
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER reported Wells Woods still 12.15pm near orchid meadow but no further sign (4.Pied Flys The Dell)
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) Claxton still on Claxton Marshes viewable from river bank at 1pm tho distant
Norfolk 17.Pied Flys on Sunday Hemsby
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER on Sunday Hemsby in morning (+Black Tern flew south)
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Wells Woods near The Dell nor Icterine Warbler
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas on Saturday flew south past Hemsby (On Friday Sooty S'water flew north)
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands on Saturday 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Breydon Water flew west over Breydon Bridge at 10.40am
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy in bushes at 8.51am
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Wells Woods still near The Dell at c9.15am with Long-tailed Tits +Icterine Warbler still (+3.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Garganey just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 8.30am +2.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 8.17am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk SARDINIAN WARBLER on Sunday Winterton South Dunes c80yds south of lighthouse +c20yds north of slope by private green steps at 4pm
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy from sea wall at 5.51am +Great White Egret

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 17th August 2020

A Greenish Warbler was present in the silver birch on the NOA reserve on and off during the day. Though sometimes mobile it was often vocal. Late morning it was seen with up to 4 Pied Flycatchers, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. On the NWT reserve a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Short-eared Owl, at least 2 further Pied Flycatchers, 3 Whinchats, Lesser Whitethroat and a Wheatear were recorded. A Great White Egret, 3 Spoonbills, Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 2 Yellow Wagtails were also of note around the recording area.

 
Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes by Steve Newman

Insects today included 4 White Points, 17 Flounced Rustics, 10 Straw Underwings, 2 Dingy Footmen, 6 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Yellow Shell, 5 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, a Rosy Footman, a Drinker, 2 Archer's Darts, 3 Flame Shoulders, 8 Large Yellow Underwings, an Angle Shades, 2 Cloaked Minors, 6 Silver Y, 3 Turnips, a White-lined Dart, Small Square Spot, Ear sp and a Gold Spot.

Butterflies included Painted Lady, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Wall Brown, Gatekeeper and Red Admiral.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Little Gull juv Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Reedbed mid a'noon
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still 1pm in sycamores in plantation (+2+Pied Flys). Stay out of fenced areas
Norfolk Pied Fly just east of Wells at North Point Pools still by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance by coast path at 1.08pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 36.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen this a'noon. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey in Campsite Wood c100yds east of sewage block by c1.20pm. From A149 Wells Road take Green Way +park at end +take path thru wood
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton still in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps at c11.10am tho elusive (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk 6+Pied Flys Wells Woods at The Dell
Norfolk Pied Fly Warham Greens this morning
Norfolk Pom Skua ad flew west past Cley NWT 8am-9am
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 12.10pm in birch midway along bank
Norfolk Wood Warbler Wells Woods by main path at 8.15am with tit flock
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse still at Gramborough Hill at 10.45am
Norfolk 5+Pied Flys Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey still c11.10am in Campsite Wood c100yds east of sewage block tho elusive (+Pied Fly). From A149 Wells Road take Green Way +park at end +take path thru wood
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER 1.5mls NNE of Wells still at East Hills in central sycamore wood at 10.56am +1w.Red-backed Shrike still (+15+Pied Flys). No parking at Warham Greens cTF.925.458
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme Dunes still at Holme NOA
NOrfolk 4.Pied Flys Blakeney Point +6.Spoonbills
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey still 10.45am in Campsite Wood east of sewage block. From A149 Wells Road take Green Way +park at end +take path thru wood
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still mid morning in Lifeboat Station bushes +showing well. Stay out of fenced area
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER 2/3ml NW of Stiffkey in Campsite Wood east of sewage block. From A149 Wells Road take Green Way +park at end +take path thru wood
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall near pumphouse
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew east past Kelling at 7.20am (Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadows still +Pied Fly)
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh early morning +juv.Little Stint still. 3.Spoonbills still on tidal pool
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham Point still early morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme at Gore Point in scrub on south side of footpath at 7.45am
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +6.Garganey. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still Blakeney Point in Lifeboat Station bushes +showing well. Stay out of fenced area
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Holme Dunes

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 16th August 2020

Highlights today were 2 Pied Flycatchers still in the pines and very active round the Observatory but mobile. A Water Rail was calling and 30 Golden Plover flew east, with a Whimbrel, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and a juvenile Cuckoo also noted. Three Redpoll sp flew over calling and at least 2 Whinchats and 5+ Pied Flycatchers were on the NWT reserve.

A Humming-bird Hawk moth was seen during the day and in the moth traps 9 Flounced Rustics, a Common Wave, Swallow and Lesser Swallow Prominent, 13 Silver Ys, 11 Archer's Darts, 4 Dingy Footmen, 3 White-points, 4 Turnips, 3 Yellow-tails, 5 White-line Darts, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 5 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, a Square-spot Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Nutmeg, a Flame Shoulder, Sharp-angled Peacock, Scarce Footman, 3 Drinkers, a Lime-speck Pug, Rosy Wave, Rustic, Rosy Footman, Dark Sword-grass, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Small Square-spot and an Ear agg were caught.

Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Wall Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus were also noted.

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Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still 4.11pm on freshmarsh +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holkham NNR still 3.04pm c1/2ml west of Joe Jordan Hide opposite large oak on left of track near puddles tho elusive
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Great Yarmouth in north cemetery
Norfolk Wryneck still 2.50pm Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps then flew north (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 2.30pm Blakeney Point in Lifeboat Station bushes
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still +2.Garganey Spoonbill still
Norfolk 13+Pied Flys between Horsey Gap +Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Holme NWT between pines +dunes west of car park at 1.47pm
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Thornham Point by 11.45am
Norfolk 27.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.15pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 12+Pied Flys Wells Woods this morning
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holkham NNR c1/2ml west of Joe Jordan Hide opposite large oak on left of track near puddles at 12.20pm (+5.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Wryneck Brancaster: keep off golf course
Norfolk 5.Pied Flys Holme NWT at 11.45am: 4.in sycamores in car park, 1.in scrub along entrance track
Norfolk possible Icterine Warbler Brancaster at 11.45am
Norfolk Wryneck still Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps tho elusive
Norfolk 5+Pied Flys Wells Woods at The Dell
Norfolk 2+Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +2.Garganey Great White Egret. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Muckleburgh Hill at 8am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Sluas flew west past Cley by 9am +Pom Skua flew east
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham Point still 10.55am in bushes by tower tho elusive
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Weybourne at 9.53am
Norfolk Wryneck Brancaster still 11am in plantation in 1st section of valley from golf course (+2.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Black Tern Breydon Water at east end mid morning
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills at 9.56am +Red-backed Shrike (+12+Pied Flys). No parking at Warham Greens cTF.925.458
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham Point in bushes by tower at 9.51am tho elusive (+2.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Sheringham at 8.05am
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Happisburgh at 8am: 1.near lighthouse car park, 1.in corner of cricket field by new practice nets
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Horsey 435yds south of Horsey Gap car park. Pied Fly just south of car park
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 9.20am Blakeney Point in Plantation then flew west towards boardwalk (+6+Pied Flys)
Norfolk 2.Wrynecks Brancaster: 1.in hawthorns in dunes, 1.in suaeda by saltmarsh (+3.Pied Flys)
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still Blakeney Point in Plantation at 8am (+6.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Pied Fly Walsey Hills NOA at 8am
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 7.38am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT from East Bank at 7.32am
Norfolk 6.Garganey Wells in ditch at 7.27am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas (both juvs) flew west past Cley coastguards at 7.15am
Norfolk 7.Little Terns flew east over Hockwold Washes at 7.15am
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Hockwold Washes still

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 15th August 2020

Highlights today were 2 Pied Flycatchers still present around the reserve, 3 Great White Egrets over the grazing marsh, 220 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Greenshank recorded, single Great and Arctic Skuas passing offshore, 7 Swifts, Green Woodpecker, 15 Swallows, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler and 2 Stonechats all noted.

Moths in the traps today included 2 Orange Swifts, 13 Silver Ys, 3 Yellow Tails, a Swallow Prominent, 10 Flounced Rustics, Double-striped and Angle-barred Pugs, a Coxcomb Prominent, 2 Cloaked Minors, a Scarce Footman, 5 Turnips, Small Waved Umber, 3 Flame Shoulders, 3 White-lined Darts, 4 Archer's Darts, 6 Dingy Footmen, a Poplar Grey, 1 Lime-speck Pug, a White-point and a Drinker.



Above: Orange Swift moth and Pied Flycatcher near Observatory


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Norfolk Wryneck still 3.18pm Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still 2.10pm at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +3.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets between Burnham Norton +Burnham Deepdale still +Spoonbill
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps at 12.20pm (+2.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse still 12.52pm at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +3.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still Wells Woods on SW side of The Dell (+11.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery opposite Bure Park briefly 12.05pmNorfolk 40.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10.49am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Pied Fly 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA from viewpoint at 11.38am
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh on south side at 11.25am
Norfolk Pied Fly Caister-on-Sea at Braddock Road/ Eastern Avenue junction at end of car park
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme in village in car park opposite toilets
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Skuas (all juvs) Cley flew past beach car park: 5.west +1.east. Also Balearic S'water flew west
Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow still on west side at 7am
Norfolk 3+Pied Flys Wells Woods by main path near Norfolk Coastal Path sign +birch logs
Norfolk repeat: SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER flew SE past Mundesley at 8.20am [damaged right wing shows it to be the bird present in Lothian/Fife on 9th-11th August]
Norfolk Pied Fly just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. 5.Garganey in drain. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Garganey. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk repeat: SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER flew SE past Mundesley at 8.20am
MEGA Norfolk SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER flew SE past Mundesley at 8.20am
Norfolk Wood Sand East Wretham
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills flew east over Titchwell RSPB 5.45-6.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme Dunes still at Broadwater Road in scrub by entrance
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme Dunes still at Broadwater Road in scrub by entrance

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 12th August 2020

Seawatching today produced a large feeding flock of 135+ Common Terns, 400+ Herring Gulls, 2 juvenile Kittiwakes and 10 Gannets offshore. 60+ Sandwich Terns flew east and 3 Little Terns and 3 Common Scoters passed west. Two Pied Flycatchers were again seen in the pines at the west entrance to the NOA reserve, and 3 Green Sandpipers and a Black-tailed Godwit were around the NWT pools.

A total of 101 species of moths were recorded today including 2 Tawny Speckled Pugs, 2 Double-striped Pugs, 7 Cloaked Minors, 6 Yellow-tails, 4 Straw Underwings, 3 Scarce Footmen, 4 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 4 Ferns, 8 Archer's Darts, 3 Tawny-barred Angles, 5 Small Waved Umbers, 6 Garden Pebbles, 5 Small Fan-footed Waves, 1 Straw Dot, 16 Dingy Footmen, 3 Turnips, 2 Webb's Wainscots, a Small Wainscot, a Green Carpet, 3 Rosy Footmen, 2 Knot Grass, a Buff Ermine, a Pine Hawk, 2 Garden Tigers, a White Point, 2 Least Carpets, Swallow and Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pebble Prominent, 26 Flounced Rustics, 5 White-line Darts, one Narrow-winged and 4 Angle-barred Pugs, a Gold Spot, Willow Beauty, Brown-line Bright Eye, Bright-line Brown-eye, Brimstone, Silver Y, 2 Small Square-spots, Common Carpet, Common Wave, Ear agg and Fen Wainscot.


Two Webb's Wainscots from the traps today.

Over 50 Red Admirals were feeding on the buddleias this afternoon with Comma, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Peacock, Gatekeeper and Wall Brown also noted. At least 10 Migrant Hawkers were around the pond.

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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still 2pm west of Titchwell RSPB in bushes just east of Thornham Point near old brick lookout
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Salthouse at Gramborough Hill this morning
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh at 1.14pm
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER just NNW of Sidestrand by cliff north of Sidestrand Hall this morning TG.259.400
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Waxham still this morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT
Norfolk Icterine Warbler Wells Woods between beach path +north end of Dell
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still mid morning west of Titchwell RSPB in bushes just east of Thornham Point
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew east over Waxham at 9.47am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still on pits +2.Little Stints 5.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Sidestrand
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton South Dunes by oaks at 8.20am
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv north of Bawsey Quarries in pine plantation at 5.45am then flew south [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem still west of Titchwell RSPB in bushes just east of Thornham Point at 6.39am