Sunday 20th May 2018

A Grasshopper Warbler was heard briefly on the NWT reserve and a Turtle Dove was of note near the Golf Course.

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Norfolk Black-necked Grebe SE of Downham Market at Wissington on pit near beet factory this morning
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male still 3.17p Winterton South Dunes east of main valley track opposite public steps
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still mid a'noon on freshmarsh +7.Little Gulls still
Norfolk Little Stint Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk no further sign of male.Red-backed Shrike Winterton South Dunes early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Stiffkey still on flood south of A149 at 8am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male still 11.15am Winterton South Dunes
Norfolk 1+Temminck's Stint still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Winterton South Dunes in bushes near pine
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water mid morning
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT from Babcock Hide mid morning
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail Cley NWT on Pat's Pool 8.25-8.29am then flew east
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Kelling Quags
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water still

Saturday 19th May 2018

A beautiful day with lots of sunshine, highlights were a Red Kite drifting east over the A149 around midday, 3 Cuckoos around the recording area, and a single Siskin flew over calling.

A Hairy Dragonfly and Brown Argus butterfly were the insects of note.

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Norfolk Wood Sand between Cley +Blakeney on pool on freshmarsh near information board this a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 1.30pm east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT from Babcock Hide then flew west
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool west of fishermen's car park
Norfolk/Suffolk 7.Common Cranes St.Olaves circled at 12.30pm then flew towards Somerleyton
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing Norwich still 10am in city centre by market on St.Peter Mancroft Church
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on White Lion Street at 8am NR2 1PX
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool at 8am
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Snettisham Coastal Park on raised bank
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water by Humberstone Farm at 7.25am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water again by Humberstone Farm

Friday 18th May 2018

Bright sunshine, light northerly wind and clear skies led to a fairly quiet day. Highlights in the area included at least 3 Cuckoos putting in regular appearances around the Observatory and Dunes, 2 Spoonbills on the marsh and seen once in flight, one or two Hobbies in the late afternoon and a Mediterranean Gull over the grazing marsh. On the beach were 10 Sanderling - some looking very fine in summer plumage, a lone drake Common Scoter was close in offshore whilst 7 Little Terns and 2 Common Terns were fishing in the breakers.

In the scrub and reeds were 19 Common Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 7 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers and 2 pairs of Stonechat. Noted overhead were 2 Swifts and around 20 Swallows.

The fine weather produced a good showing of butterflies including 21 Wall Browns, 2 Brown Argus, 10 Green Hairstreaks, 8 Small Coppers, 5 Small Heaths, 2 Orange-tips, 2 Small Whites, Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Woods, Holly Blue and a Peacock. The moth traps were relatively quiet but 3 Silver Y were of note during the day.


Small Heath and Brown Argus - Holme Bird Obs, May 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk Garganey drk Titchwell RSPB still +Turtle Dove. 3.Spoonbills Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Garganey drk Titchwell RSPB still +Turtle Dove. 3.Spoonbills Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 2.30pm
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Welney WWT on islands from Friends Hide at 1.30pm. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT: 1.Whitwell Scrape, 1.Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 1.26pm on Whitwell Scrape +showing well
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Whitwell Scrape briefly 12.50pm then flew off
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still above Strangers coffee shop on Dove Street at 12.45pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by mill at 12.15pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT still tho mobile
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing y'day still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in evng [heard only]
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich near London Street/ St.Andrew's Hill junction at 9.10am
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still

Thursday 17th May 2018

A seemingly rather uneventful day, highlights being a first Summer Little Gull briefly around the Broadwater and a flock of forty Black-tailed Godwits east over the reserve.

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Norfolk no sign of Temminck's Stint Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3.30pm (but 3.Curlew Sands again)
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on roof of Roti restaurant at 19.Finklegate/ Queens
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT flew from Watling Water towards main pools
Norfolk Turtle Dove singing Seething still 8.45am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide this morning +showing well (+Short-eared Owl). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 10.50am on Simmonds' Scrape (+3.Curlew Sands on Pat's Pool)
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves (both singing) Weeting Heath NWT from Woodland Walk
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.31am

Wednesday 16th May 2018

A cool and blustery north wind kept many birds down today, but on the sea 18 Gannets and 9 Kittiwakes were of note, with Cuckoo still active around the reserve.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool east of mill at 1pm
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at Lothbury/ Moorgate jucntion by Bank of England

Tuesday 15th May 2018

A rather quiet and for the majority of the time, misty day. Cuckoos were again the highlight with at least three present in the area. Moths caught included two Green Carpets and two Buff-tips.

Cuckoo perched out along the Broadwater edge .
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Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands still Potter Heigham Marshes 2.22pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Marsh
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Potter Heigham Marshes at north side of 1st lagoon +drk.Garganey
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing East Ruston this morning
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly fem Blakeney Point in Plantation
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing y'day New Buckenham Common
Norfolk Turtle Dove singing Seething still 8.20am +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 8.35am
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at Surrey Street on Sentinel House at 8.45am
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh

Monday 14th May 2018

An Eyed Hawk moth in the trap was the highlight today, with Green Hairstreak, Small Copper and Small Heath butterfly also seen.

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Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at All Saint's Green +Queens Road at 8.40am
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Potter Heigham Marshes on north side at 9am +2.drk.Garganey but no sign of Wood Sand nor Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Wells flew over Station Road at 11.27am
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.24am
Norfolk Garganey drk Burnham Overy flew east over harbour at 9.57am
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water till 8.25am at east end then flew south
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water again at east end

Sunday 13th May 2018

Two Cuckoos were recorded again today with a Common Sandpiper on the NWT pools. A drake Red-crested Pochard was on the Broadwater.


A Grasshopper Warbler showing well - Walsey Hills, May 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Norton
Norfolk report of Great White Egret Winterton was erroneous
Norfolk 1+Black Tern Colney GPs
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull juv flew NW past Waxham Gap at c2.30pm
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh then flew towards North Scrape at 1.30pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton flew south over Low Road
Norfolk 3.Garganey (all drks) Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Potter Heigham Marshes on north side still 12.45pm +Wood Sand
Norfolk 7.Garganey (6.drks) Welney WWT
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Serpentine at 12.20pm
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT still midday from visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Potter Heigham Marshes on north side +2.drk.Garganey Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Snettisham flew north over Ken Hill Marshes at c10.30am
Norfolk Garganey y'day Welney WWT +Spotted Redshank Arctic Tern
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Welney WWT +Arctic Tern
Norfolk 5.Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT still tho mobile
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at All Saint's Green at 8am. Arctic Tern Whitlingham Lane Ctry Park
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at All Saint's Green at 8am. Arctic Tern Whitlingham Lane Ctry Park
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water by South Wall near fishermen's car park
Norfolk no sign of male.Black-headed Wagtail Happisburgh in horse paddock by Church Farm by 7.25am. Park before rough track then walk along rough track

Saturday 12th May 2018

Three Cuckoos were very active around the Broadwater and grazing marshes today, with a Curlew Sandpiper still on the NWT reserve an adult Tawny Owl trapped and ringed at the Observatory.

Moths included Pine Beauty, Chinese Character, Spectacle and Silver Y, while many butterflies were on the wing in the sunshine including Small Heath, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Comma and Orange Tip.

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Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 1.49pm from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park still 1.06pm on wires +showing well
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 12.08pm from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove Brancaster left of road to beach at 9.30am
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still late morning west of Iron Road south of main drain then flew +appeared to land on pool north of main drain
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT landed in vegetation by pool west of Iron Road south of main drain (+Little Stint till c10.20am then flew west)
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Pope's Marsh off East Bank
Norfolk Turtle Dove singing Seething still
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Snettisham at 9.55am +2.Nightingales singing
Norfolk again no sign of Temminck's Stint 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 9.20am
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on pool west of Iron Road south of main drain
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Hickling Broad NWT in reedbed near Stubb Mill at 5.35pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Holkham Pines at east end by Pinewoods caravan park at 8am
Norfolk Turtle Dove flew west over Holme Dunes +appeared to land at Old Hunstanton at 7.30am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh

Friday 11th May 2018

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Norfolk Temminck's Stint still 1.16pm 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from fishermen's car park NR13 4HW
Norfolk Temminck's Stint still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide NR13 4HW
Norfolk Temminck's Stint reported still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshe +Little Gull. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on roof of John Lewis at 6.15am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Titchwell RSPB flew south over Thornham Marsh at 10.25am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Kelling Water Meadow on pool at 8.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at Rose Lane Community Garden +Travelodge +King's Street

Thursday 10th May 2018

A fairly strong westerly breeze and bright sunshine meant limited interest throughout the day. Ten Swifts were noted passing west, a Cuckoo was calling around the paddocks and a Mediterranean Gull flew over in the early afternoon. Around the dunes and reserve were 5 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers and singles of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat.

A Grey Plover in summer plumage and 3 Sandwich Terns were also of note.

A Coxcomb Prominent was in the moth traps and Latticed Heath was seen in the dunes, 4 Green Hairstreak, 3 Green-veined Whites and Holly Blue were the best of the butterflies on offer and around the pond a single Large Red Damselfly and the first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year were noted.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier fem Titchwell RSPB flew east offshore at 2.46pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Martham by River Thurne this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Arctic Terns Filby Broad early a'noon
Norfolk no sign of drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still 12.30pm just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field tho elusive
Norfolk no news on drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk 8.Arctic Terns Ormesby Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1.5mls SE of Waxham +just south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park by green box +2.White Wagtails. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Great White Egret Filby Broad
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field at 11.35am tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich between Mountergate +Rose Lane near Parmenter Gate Court flats at 9.35am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 10.05am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8.06am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end at 7.59am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water again at east end

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Another relatively quiet day bird wise, with a Red Kite over Thornham Bank the only real bird of note. The continuing hot weather has meant an increase in insect activity with the first Hawk moths, Eyed and Small Elephant in the traps this morning which were amongst a total of 24 moth species caught.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape at 3.35pm
Norfolk White Stork still 2.50pm west of Sparham tho mobile
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing still 2.30pm Norwich at Mountergate near Baltic Wharf
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing still 12.40pm Norwich at Surrey Street/ All Saints Green junction
Norfolk White Stork flew east near Sparham at 2.35pm
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Breydon Water flew north over North Wall mid a'noon
Norfolk Wood Sand Salthouse till 2.02pm then flew east over Iron Road
Norfolk 1+American Wigeon (drk +possible fem) still early a'noon Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Wood Sand Salthouse still 12.35pm on pool 25yds west of Iron Road
Norfolk 1+American Wigeon (drk +possible fem) Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool late morning
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male Winterton North Dunes over toad pools at 10.30am then flew north
Norfolk Honey Buzzard east of Burnham Overy Staithe flew west at 9.54am
Norfolk Wood Sand Salthouse between Iron Road +Babcock Hide from Attenborough Walk at 9.51am
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier ad.male near Foulsham flew east over A1067 at 9.33am
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.10am +1s.Little Gull. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (2.ads +1w) Breydon Water at east end at 8am
Norfolk reported Iberian Chiffchaff west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs is an atypical Chiffchaff
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on roof of Parmenter Gate Court flats viewed from Mountergate at 7.39am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (both ads) Breydon Water at east end at 7.40am
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond fields in ash 100yds before 2nd gate at 6.40am

Tuesday 8th May 2018

A rather quiet day, seven Ruff remained on the track side pools looking increasingly impressive as they gain their breeding plumage. Two Swifts were noted early morning and two Redpolls flew over heading west. A good selection of Butterflies were again seen which included Painted Lady, Green Hairstreak and Holly Blue.

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Norfolk 2+Turtle Doves (1.male singing) New Buckenham Common this morning
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still mid a'noon west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond fields in ash 100yds before 2nd gate
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.40pm
Norfolk Osprey Saddle Bow flew south over Great Ouse Relief Channel at 2.39pm
Norfolk no further sign of reported Olive-backed Pipit Cley NWT from Babcock Hide by 2.33pm
Norfolk Osprey King's Lynn flew south over health centre at 2.25pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull 2w Waxham again on rocks midway between beach track +pipe dump at 2.12pm
Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Cley NWT on east side in grass from Babcock Hide at 1.51pm tho elusive
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 12.45pm west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond fields in ash 100yds before 2nd gate
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond fields in trees before 2nd gate at 9am
Norfolk no news on ad.Purple Heron Cley NWT
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns near Beetley at East Bilney on workings at 8.15am then flew off
Norfolk Golden Oriole 1s.male singing Titchwell RSPB in willows behind visitor centre at 6am then flew off
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 1ml north of Docking +west of Choseley Farm in bare field east of road at 10.10am TF.757.390
Norfolk harrier sp ringtail Burnham Overy flew east over grazing marsh at 10.24am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets flew east past Sidestrand
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 9.12am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Muckleburgh Hill at 6.50am
Norfolk no news on male.Iberian Chiffchaff west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond wooded area by 1st gate to NWT grazed area
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Burnham Overy Dunes +2.Whinchats 2.Nightingales
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Thornham in garden by road
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Kelling Water Meadow briefly 6.45am

Monday 7th May 2018

Highlights today were a single Greenland Wheatear still on the east bank, 2 Spoonbills in front of the Car Park Hide, 7 Little Terns and 64 Sandwich Terns passing offshore, 2 Turtle Doves in the car park area, a Cuckoo on the reserve, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, and 3 Reed Warblers were also recorded.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, and Orange Tip, while in the moth traps Dwarf Pug, Ruby Tiger, Pale Prominent and Narrow-winged Pug were of interest.

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Norfolk Firecrest Gramborough Hill mid a'noon
Norfolk no news on Short-toed Lark Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low since 8.50am cTF.000.464
Norfolk 3.Wrynecks reported Dersingham Bog NNR at 11.50am. From car park follow trail left from gate for 50yds
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh then flew west +1s.Little Gull
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both fem) south of Burnham Market at Beacon Hill at 10.50am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cringleford till 11.06am over Keswick Close then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cringleford circling over Keswick Close at 11.03am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Thorpe St.Andrew still 10.52am over south end of Thunder Lane then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Thorpe St.Andrew over south end of Thunder Lane at 10.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton North Dunes still +Hooded Crow
Norfolk Turtle Dove Seething at 9am
Norfolk no further sign of Wood Wblr Norwich at Mousehold Heath by 10.20am
Norfolk Short-toed Lark still Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low at 8.50am TG.000.464
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Little Gulls (ad +1s). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Acle by A47
Norfolk 2.Dotterels still 8.30am c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road viewed from layby with dead hedge cTF.757.390
Norfolk Wood Wblr male still Norwich at Mousehold Heath near golf club entrance
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank at 8.15am (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk 2.Dotterels still c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road viewed from layby with dead hedge cTF.757.390
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at Darlow's Farm
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still at Fen Hide
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Lakenheath Fen RSPB still

Sunday 6th May 2018

A stunning day of sunshine, with birding highlights including a Red Kite over the pines, a Green Sandpiper around the Broadwater, Cuckoo calling, 2 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the NWT entrance gate, a female Ring Ouzel and a Redstart in the dunes, 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Redpolls.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1ml NW of Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing still 2.35pm Norwich at Mousehold Heath just NW of Gurney Road car park cTG.246.104
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Filby Broad flew to south end at 1.50pm
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.45pm Cley NWT from West Bank
Norfolk no news on Short-toed Lark Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low since 11.33am cTF.000.464
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing still 1.30pm Norwich at Mousehold Heath just NW of Gurney Road car park cTG.246.104
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Staithe on saltmarsh at 1pm
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing Norwich at Mousehold Heath cTG.246.104
Norfolk 2+Dotterels still 12.10pm c1ml north of Docking east of Choseley Farm road in bare field tho elusive cTF.761.395
Norfolk Great White Egret Rollesby Broad from boat at 11.15am
Norfolk Short-toed Lark Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low at 11.33am cTF.000.464
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by hide at 9.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Garganey drk east of Wells on flood
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide at c6am tho distant [heard only]
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still at Babcock Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk 2.Sandwich Terns flew thru Strumpshaw Fen RSPB then Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 6.45am
Norfolk 5.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +ad.Little Gull still. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Stiffkey still on flood south of A149
Norfolk 3.Dotterels still 8.30am c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 8.15am Cley NWT flew to ditch NW of Avocet Hide
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk harrier sp ringtail Blakeney Point drifting NW viewed from West Bank at 7.35am tho distant
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 7.20am Cley NWT in dyke on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank near bench then flew east +landed in reeds north of hides
Norfolk 3.Dotterels still c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Cley NWT in dyke on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank near bench

Saturday 5th May 2018

A beautiful sunny day wit light winds, highlights today were a male Redstart which was showing on the east bank during the afternoon, and a Greenland Wheatear was also present. On the sea 3 Fulmars, an Eider, 8 Common Scoters, 7 Little Terns, 2 Common Terns, 58 Sandwich Terns and 3 Great Crested Grebes were recorded. A Ring Ouzel was reported on the NWT reserve, and a Firecrest was calling in the pines north of the Richardson hide. Also of interest were a Peregrine over the grazing marsh, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the NWT entrance gate, 5 Whimbrel and a Tree Pipit flew over, and at least one Cuckoo was heard.

Eight Green Hairstreaks were around the reserve and a Hairy Hawker was seen near the Broadwater.

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Norfolk Little Gull 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Spoonbills. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 3pm Cley NWT in dyke on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank near bench
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Burnham Norton flew west over marshes then flew east at 12.55pm +Spoonbill on marsh. 2.Spoonbills flew west
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape briefly 2.15pm then flew east
Norfolk 3.Dotterels still 2pm c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk 5.Garganey (all drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at midday. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 3.Dotterels still 1pm c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew over Burnham Overy Dunes towards coast at 1pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Kelling Heath
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew east then south over Wells at 12.30pm
Norfolk probable Coues's Arctic Redpoll Kelling Heath on pine cone seeds at 10.45am with 6.Lesser Redpolls then flew off
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still c11.40am Cley NWT in dyke on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank near bench (+2.Great White Egrets still)
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Cley towards Blakeney at midday
Norfolk 2.Dotterels still 11.59am c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Overstrand flew west over Cromer Ridge at 11.35am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew NW over Northrepps at 11.23am
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves New Buckenham Common
Norfolk 3+Dotterel still 10.56am c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Cley NWT near Babcock Hide at 10.38am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still near Babcock Hide
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide at 7am
Norfolk 4.Dotterel c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road at 9.35am
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Stiffkey still on flood south of A149
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 8.50am Cley NWT in dyke on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank near bench
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 8.35am Cley NWT in reeds behind pool viewable from West Bank near bench tho elusive
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Harbour +5.Whimbrel
Norfolk Black Redstart 1s.male singing Hunstanton on South Beach near chalet.50 at 7am +Turtle Dove
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Cley NWT viewable from West Bank near bench +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on scrapes

Friday 5th May 2018

A sunny day with light winds; at sea 4 Fulmars, 5 Little Terns and 39 Sandwich Terns were seen. At least 3 Cuckoos were around the recording area during the day, and a Sand Martin, 80 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2+ Grasshopper Warblers, 7 Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler were recorded. A Redstart and 2 Whinchats were on the NWT reserve with 20+ Yellow Wagtails flying over and 20+ Wheatears still present - the 6 ringed at the Observatory this morning were all of the Greenland race leucorhoa, and one was carrying so much fat it weighed 43.2g!

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Sidestrand
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 2.50pm Cley NWT near Avocet Hide viewable from West Bank
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine this a'noon
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 1.15pm Cley NWT near Avocet Hide viewable from West Bank
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.05pm Cley NWT flew to Cricket Marsh
Norfolk Osprey flew east over Blakeney Point late morning
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 10.39am Cley NWT at Cricket Marsh then flew to reeds east of Billy's Wash +south of North Screen
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Colney GPs mid morning
Norfolk Purple Heron still 9.50am Cley NWT in flight west of boardwalk
Norfolk 5.Garganey y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Spoonbills. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Burgh Castle at Back Lane in horse paddock tho mobile
Norfolk Purple Heron Cley NWT flew to Cricket Marsh at 7.56am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh

Thursday 3rd May 2018

A beautiful day with a cool start but sunny and pleasant, highlights today were 2 Russian Whote-fronted Geese with 37 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh south of the Hun, a single Spoonbill, a Whimbrel, 8 Ruff, a Cuckoo, a Barn Owl, 130 Swallows and 4 House Martins west, a Cetti's Warbler calling near the entrance to the NWT reserve, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 4 Grasshopper Warblers (including a recaptured bird ringed last Saturday), 9 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 12 Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits and a Redpoll sp. A Wryneck was on the NWT reserve west of the forestry showing well at times.

A Norwegian ringed Robin was also of interest

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Horsey +7.Common Cranes
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on Thornham saltmarsh
Norfolk Pied Fly reported Titchwell RSPB on Meadow Trail at 10.35am
Norfolk 23.Arctic Terns Ormesby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still 2pm 200yds east of Gun Hill just south of sea buckthorn
Norfolk Wryneck still c1.30pm Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still at Gun Hill at 12.39pm (+Whinchat. 2.Black Redstarts east of boardwalk)
Norfolk Wryneck still 12.26pm Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park near Heacham dam
Norfolk Wryneck reported Holme Dunes NWT again west of forestry (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese with Pink-footed Geese)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh +Whimbrel
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey at Nelson Head track
Norfolk Whinchat Kelling Water Meadows on fence towards sea bank at 8.58am

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Highlights today were 4 Spoonbills, a single Swift, a male Firecrest in the pines, 2 Stonechats and 8+ Wheatears.

Tuesday 1st May 2108

Bird of the day was a Wryneck, initially found on the entrance track to the reserve then seen regularly during the day on the NWT reserve. Other birds of note included two Ring Ouzels and a Common Redstart, again on the NWT reserve, two Tree Pipits West, four Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail, at least 16 Wheatears ( five trapped and ringed, again all biometrically Greenland subspecies ) a Red Kite and a Spoonbill on the Broadwater.

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Norfolk 2.Pied Flys (1.male) Beeston Common mid a'noon
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still c2.30pm at south end from boardwalk (+1+Ring Ouzel Redstart)
Norfolk Pied Fly male Beeston Common on east side just beyond bungalows mid a'noon
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery still this a'noon in north section SE of southern chapel
Norfolk Redstart 1.5mls SE of Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park by yellow toilets at 1.55pm. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.40pm at Gun Hill (+fem/1w.male Black Redstart 5.Ring Ouzels 6.Spoonbills)
Norfolk Pied Fly male Horsey still 1.30pm in willows just north of Nelson Head track 200yds west of dunes
Norfolk Pied Fly male Wells Woods still 11.45am near old toilet block
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk 2.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes late morning +Little Gull. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 11.54am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end viewed from river bank (+Wood Sand). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end viewed from river bank. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section near southern chapel
Norfolk Pied Fly male Wells Woods still 10.40am west of track to beach in silver birches before old toilets
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Snettisham Coastal Park +male Whinchat. fem.Redstart at south end 350yds north of pines
Norfolk Garganey drk Upton Marshes in ditch north of Doles Pumphouse
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods 100yds SW of old toilet block at 10.10am
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT by approach track at 10.06am (+2.Ring Ouzels)
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Trimingham in clifftop wood +Spotted Fly
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male just NW of East Somerton on lawn east of Horsey Road
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes in scrub at end of boardwalk
Norfolk Black Redstart Hunstanton in garden of 54.South Beach
Norfolk Pied Fly male Horsey Gap by access track
Norfolk 3.Whinchats Horsey Corner
Norfolk Pied Fly male Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill on SW side at Pheasant Hotel car park at 7.35am. fem.Ring Ouzel on north side

Monday 30th April 2018

A northerly storm dominated the day, but 7 Ruff were on the grazing marshes, 5 Gannets and 6 Sandwich Terns were passing at sea, 2 Swallows passed west, a Lesser Whitethroat was singing at the west end of the NOA reserve, a Common Redstart was on the NWT reserve, and 2 Stonechats and a Wheatear were on the east bank.

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Norfolk Pied Fly between Wells Woods +Holkham Meals
Norfolk 18.Arctic Terns Rollesby Broad late morning. 25+Arctic Terns Ormesby Great Broad tho distant

Sunday 29th April 2018

A dull and windy day with strong northerlies building during the day. Highlights were 2 Pied Flycatchers seen in the pines and around the car parks during the afternoon, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the Richardson hide late morning, a Ring Ouzel on the NWT reserve and a Black Redstart, 2 Stonechats, a male Whinchat and 3 Wheatears still along the east bank. 23 Pink-feet were on the grazing marshes and 2 Whimbrel, 7 Sandwich Terns, 2 Med Gulls, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swifts, 6 Swallows, 7 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 10 Sedge Warblers and 3 Reed Warblers were recorded during the day. A White Wagtail was again along the approach road and another 3 Wheatears were on the NWT reserve.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 2.38pm
Norfolk Wryneck still 12.20pm Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzel south of Waxham still in ploughed field near white caravan viewed from coast path at 1pm
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Felbrigg Hall NT at 10.30am: 1.by car park, 4.by lake then flew north
Norfolk BLK-W.STILT male still 11.10am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in field W.of pool then lost to view(+3.Spoonbill 3.Garganey (2.drk).Use c'pk by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day)+take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem between Strumpshaw Fen RSPB +Buckenham Marshes RSPB in paddocks south of road this morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w flew north past Walcott at 11.43am
Norfolk Spoonbill Morston from NT observation tower on quay
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Lakenheath Fen RSPB from Washland Viewpoint
Norfolk no further sign of Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes (but 3.Ring Ouzels)
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley between Iron Road car park +Babcock Hide at 10.08am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end viewed from river bank at 9.23am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Cley +250yds east of Walsey Hills NOA in field north of A149 at 9.10am
Norfolk no further sign of Wood Wblr Muckleburgh Hill in sycamores by A149 opposite entrance to Pheasant Hotel by 9.25am
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk then flew towards grazing marsh at 9am
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham
Norfolk Wood Wblr singing Muckleburgh Hill in sycamores by A149 opposite entrance to Pheasant Hotel at 7.30am

Saturday 28th April 2018

Another very wet day, the 5 Wheatears (Greenland race) were still present on the east bank, with another 4 along the approach track to the NWT and another 2 on the grazing marsh. 26 Whimbrel were at Thornham (16 on the playing fields), and a White Wagtail was along Broadwater Road. Two Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a male Blackcap, 2 Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, and 1 Reed Warbler also recorded.

In the moth traps a single V Pug was recorded.

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Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Brancaster on freshmarsh viewed from Beach Road embankment at 11am
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Burnham Overy. 6.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes (+2.Spoonbills). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Snettisham Coastal Park flew north along beach at south end at 7.40am

Friday 27th April 2018

A truly horrible day with steady rain and temperatures falling. At least 5 Wheatears of the Greenland race were still on the east bank during the day, with a pair of Stonechats also of note. Two Cuckoos were also heard and 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Common Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Sedge Warblers and 4 Reed Warblers were also logged.

In the moth traps an Early Grey and a Muslin moth were the highlights.

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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash at 1.25pm
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Hickling Broad NWT on Swim Coots at 11am. Access by NWT boat
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1ml NW of Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cawston Heath still
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Cantley Marshes RSPB at 8.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret Martham flew SSE over Cess Staithe 7.20-7.25am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer on sea briefly 7.05am then flew west

Thursday 26th April 2018

A group of 20+ Greenland Wheatears was active along the east bank at the Observatory today, with 3 trapped and ringed. A Grasshopper Warbler was also reeling there during the afternoon and 2 Stonechats were of interest. A Water Rail was heard near the car parks and a flock of 40 Whimbrel was near Thornham Harbour. At least 5 Swifts were counted and a Hobby flew west over the Obs with 60+ Swallows and 4 House Martins also noted.  A Cuckoo was calling at Redwell Marsh.

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Norfolk Spoonbill y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels 1ml NW of Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp
Norfolk American Golden Plover 1s again 3pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide NR25 7SA
Norfolk American Golden Plover 1s still 2.29pm Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine NR25 7SA
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk probable American Golden Plover 1s till 12.20pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide then flew off +no further sign by 12.43pm NR25 7SA
Norfolk possible American Golden Plover 1s Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 12.07pm NR25 7SA
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes tho mobile. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Waxham in dunes late morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes late morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w flew west past Sidestrand at 8.40am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew west past Sidestrand at 7.30am

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Highlights today included at least twelve Wheatears along the east bank and four on the NWT reserve. Seven were trapped and ringed, all biometrically appearing to be of the subspecies leucorhoa, the Greenland race. Other birds of note included a Ring Ouzel still present on the NWT reserve plus twenty Black-tailed Godwits and seventeen Ruff.

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Norfolk Nightjar fem Cley at Old Woman's Lane flew from hedge at 2.55pm
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 2.02pm Potter Heigham Marshes from footpath on south side (+2+drk.Garganey still)
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels (5.males) y'day Winterton tho elusive
Norfolk no sign of any Dotterel y'day 1ml NW of Eccles at Cart Gap in field west of NW end of Doggett's Lane. Use car park by lifeboat station then walk NW NR12 0QL
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still from visitor centre late morning
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 12.33pm
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still Potter Heigham Marshes at NW end late morning (+2+drk.Garganey still)
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels 1ml NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp on NW side at 9.18am
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER 2w.fem Horsey Gap flew north over dunes at 7.55am
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER ringtail y'day Winterton North Dunes still 7.20pm

Monday 23rd April 2018

A blustery day but many spring migrants still around with 3 Ring Ouzels on the NWT reserve and 3 Wheatears a Common Redstart and a Whinchat also seen in the dunes. A large flock of 45 Yellow Wagtails was still among the cattle south of the river Hun and could be viewed from a distance, with 2 Stonechats along the east bank on the NOA reserve. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling along the access road and 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a Willow Warbler and 6 Chiffchaffs were also seen.

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Norfolk 2.Dotterel (1.male) 1ml NW of Eccles at Cart Gap in field west of NW end of Doggett's Lane at 2.18pm. Use car park by lifeboat station then walk NW NR12 0QL
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 1.35pm from Daukes' Hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods in grass field. Spoonbill flew west over Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods in grass field. Spoonbill flew west over Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide early a'noon then flew to field towards coastguards. Glaucous Gull flew past West Runton
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide early a'noon then flew to field towards coastguards. Glaucous Gull flew past West Runton
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) Holme Dunes in forestry +male.Redstart Whinchat. View south from access road near Highland Cattle
Norfolk Dotterel flew west over Walsey Hills NOA at 12.35pm
Norfolk no further sign of Alpine Swift Cromer by 12.08pm
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Cromer flew along cliff over Happy Valley towards Cromer at 11.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Waxham at Pipe Dump
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER Horsey between Horsey Gap car park +end of Nelson Head track at 10.25am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton by Low Road
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 9am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Trimingham on cliff face below bottle bank
Norfolk harrier sp ringtail flew north over Horsey Gap at 7.45am

Sunday 22nd April 2018

A good visual migration day with an Osprey sighted flying over Redwell Marsh during the morning, and 4 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, a Cuckoo, a Swift, 2 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, a House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a single Redwing, 2 Stonechats, 15+ Wheatears, 58+ Yellow Wagtails, a Redpoll and 2 Siskins all recorded. On the sea 74 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns passed through offshore.

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Stiffkey circled over saltmarsh at c1.10pm
Norfolk Wood Wblr Wells Woods still 1.35pm in birches on south side of The Dell
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cawston Heath still
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Horsey Gap at Warren House Farm
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB left of path to beach at 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cley still 12.40pm flew east over south end of Church Lane
Norfolk probable Glossy Ibis Cley NWT circled over then flew towards Salthouse at 12.24pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes SE of Cley circled inland at 12.20pm
Norfolk Whinchat Glandford at Cley Spy
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Cromer
Norfolk stork sp Colney circled over A47 at 11.05am but no further sign by 11.25am
Norfolk Wood Wblr Wells Woods in birches on south side of The Dell +showing well
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still 10.52am east of radio station perimeter fence viewed from coast path tho distant
Norfolk Black Tern Barton Broad briefly 10.40am then flew SE
Norfolk 10+Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes +3.Common Cranes
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels (4.males) Winterton Dunes NNR
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 9.54am +Spoonbill
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cley NWT by central hides at 8.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Weybourne Camp at 8.07am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still at NW end behind gun emplacements at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew SE over Weybourne Camp at 7.45am
Norfolk Stone Curlew Cley flew east over Church Lane at 3am
Norfolk Wood Sand Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR on flood

Saturday 21st April 2018

A flock of 84 Pink-feet flew over east and a Greenshank, Red Kite and a Short-eared Owl were seen over the grazing marshes during the day. At least 20 Yellow Wagtails were among the cattle in the afternoon, and a Cuckoo was calling. Six Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, and 6 Lesser Whitethroats were noted and at least 3 Grasshopper Warblers were around the recording area with 2 trapped and ringed at the Observatory. 10 Sedge Warblers, a single Reed Warbler, a female Stonechat, a Wheatear, a Brambling, 12 Redpolls and a Siskin were also seen. A Common Redstart and 2 Ring Ouzels were on the NWT reserve.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Cley NWT still 3.30pm on flood on Cricket Marsh viewed from bench on West Bank
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Berney Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT on Billy's Wash at 3.16pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still 3pm at rear of Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT still 3pm on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Stiffkey still 2pm on floods south of A149
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Cley NWT on flood on Cricket Marsh viewed from bench on West Bank. male.Blue-headed Wagtail Simmonds' Scrape still 1pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.37am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Hockwold Washes at midday
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR briefly 7.40am then flew NW
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park +fem.Ring Ouzel Whimbrel
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse still 10.55am on pool east of Iron Road
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels (3.males) Winterton North Dunes at crosstracks between beach +Winterton Holmes then flew south at 10.20am
Norfolk possible Montagu's Harrier reported Horsey in dunes
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 8.37am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 7.Garganey (6.drks) Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on floods south of A149 at 8.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on The Serpentine
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes y'day flew over Claxton. Arctic Tern Rockland Broad
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes y'day flew over Claxton. Arctic Tern Rockland Broad

Friday 20th April 2018

On the sea today 18 Common Scoters and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Northern Diver, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 27 Sandwich Terns were counted. A Short-eared Owl was hunting the marsh early morning and 8 Swallows passed through west. Migrants included 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, 6+ Redwings at first light, a Yellow Wagtail and 6 Redpolls.

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Norfolk Black Tern Welney WWT tho distant
Norfolk 10.Garganey (8.drks) Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh south of coast path at 11.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still 11.45am on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Cley NWT +landed towards Salthouse at 11.20am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still 11.15am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Berney Marshes RSPB in field east of Berney Arms by flood wall
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse flew east past Gramborough Hill at 8.30am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still on Watling Water from Babcock Hide +Spoonbill White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 9+Ring Ouzels Cromer on golf course
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) Trimingham in fields near Pond Plantation
Norfolk Arctic Tern Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham on Holt Road flew NE over recycling centre at 8.55am
Norfolk Common Crane flew NE over Holkham at 9am
Norfolk 14.Ring Ouzels thru Sidestrand
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels flew SW over Sheringham at 7.34am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Thornham on Ship Street at 7.30am
Norfolk 10.Ring Ouzels Sidestrand then flew west