Thursday 20th September 2018

Highlights today were a Spoonbill east towards Thornham Harbour, 500+ Pink-feet around the grazing marshes, 200+ Golden Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank and 3 Snipe seen, an Arctic and a Great Skua at sea, 20+ Arctic Terns at Gore Point, a Short-eared Owl on the NWT reserve, 35 Swallows, 10 House Martins, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 50+ Blackcaps, 2 Reed Warblers and 80 Meadow Pipits counted.

The moth catch included 2 Frosted Orange, a Black Rustic, 2 White Points, and 2 Pale Mottled Willows.

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Norfolk Spotted Redshank Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh. Fulvous Whistling Duck Salthouse still by Iron Road
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh. Fulvous Whistling Duck Salthouse still by Iron Road
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB in dead tree by car park at 1.30pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still Welney WWT from from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 10.50am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Black Tern Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach
Norfolk Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society meet tonight in Great Witchingham village hall at 7.30pm. Allan Hale will present 'Colombia - Birds of the High Andes'. All welcome, £2 non-members
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh

Wednesday 19th October 2018

Strong winds meant little interest in the bushes and on the marshes but a tit flock in the pines held a Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs. Birds seen offshore included 7 Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua.

An impressive 119 Lunar Underwings and a Silver Y were in the moth traps among the usual autumn species.

 Common Kestrel hunting in the pines - Holme Bird Obs, September 2018 © David Bratt

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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 Caspian Gull 2w Cromer still on east side on beach opposite RNLI Museum at 1.16pm
Norfolk Osprey near Holt at Hempstead at Selbrigg Pond NR25 6NF
Norfolk Osprey Felbrigg Hall NT over lake at 3pm then flew south over Common Plantation
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still 4.38pm Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide tho mobile. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 2.15pm
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still 2.05pm Welney WWT from main observatory tho mobile (+Garganey still +6.Common Cranes still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still 11.30am Welney WWT from main observatory +showing well. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk c37.Spoonbills Burnham Norton flew over marsh
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes (7.ads +2.juvs) Welney WWT from main observatory. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still Welney WWT from main observatory at 10.20am +showing well. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh

Monday 17th September 2018

On the sea today 2 Red-necked Grebes (adult and juv) were seen with an Eider, 73 Common Scoters, a summer plumage Red-throated Diver, 21 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic Skuas, 21 Sandwich Terns and 5 Arctic Terns also recorded. A total of 4 Whinchats were seen (3 at Thornham Harbour and another in the dunes), and a Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still 3pm on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both 1w) Sheringham on beach at 11am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB still this a'noon +4.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham Coastal Park still late morning
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh. Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh. Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv still Welney WWT at 10.30am (for 5th day; not Montagu's Harrier or hybrid) (+3.Common Cranes)
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes (ad +juv) Holme at 10.40am

Sunday 16th September 2018

Seawatching today produced 35 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 11 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe, with 2 Arctic Skuas, a Guillemot, 55 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns and 3 Arctic Terns passing offshore. Also of note were a Spoonbill in front of the Car Park Hide mid morning, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshank and 2 Snipe over the Broadwater, and 96 Pink-feet. Fifteen Teal and 6 Wigeon were also noted, with a Spotted Flycatcher reported in the pines behind the Observatory.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late a'noon +2.Spoonbills flew west
Norfolk hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier juv still 2.15pm Welney WWT flew south past main hide
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes' Marsh at 12.34pm
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Spoted Redshank. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 9.30am
Norfolk hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier juv Welney WWT from main hide at 11.06am +showing well (for 4th day; not Montagu's Harrier) [reidentified from photograph]
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier juv still Welney WWT from main hide at 11.06am +showing well
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Cattle Egret Breydon Water still at South Wall Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse flew east over Beach Road at 7.40am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 2.Ravens Cockley Cley at 7.55am

Saturday 15th September 2018

Limited highlights around the Observatory and bushes included Greenshank and Green Sandpiper heard along the Broadwater, a Hobby over during the morning, 19 Pink-footed Geese over west, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a single Yellow Wagtail east in the afternoon.

On the sea were around 200 Common Scoter, a Great Skua and 6 Great Crested Grebes whilst counts from the beach and around Thornham harbour included 4 Spoonbills, 107 Golden Plovers, c.420 Oystercatchers, 10 Ringed Plovers, 85 Curlews, Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Turnstone and 16 Sanderlings.

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Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this evng +showing well
Norfolk 36 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
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 6.18pm
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB over Patsy's Pool at 6.36pm
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier juv still Welney WWT
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Breydon Water this morning
Norfolk Barred Warbler in elder at Coastwatch
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe juv Titchwell RSPB still on sea at 10.05am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh mid morning +4.Spoonbills
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Ringstead at 9.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again flew SW viewed from Reception Hide mid morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w y'day Cley NWT on Pat's Pool in evng

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Spoonbills again featured today with eight early morning on the Broadwater  in front of the Car park hide with two Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper also present. On the sea there single Eider and Red-throated Divers plus two Bonxies. Three Whinchat were in the field west of the seawall path at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Holme Dunes NWT on beach at 3.09pm
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour at 1.58pm
Norfolk Jack Snipe Felbrigg Hall NT by lake in marsh below dam this morning
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 8am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB on path near sea wall at 11am
Norfolk 6+Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh at 10.07am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley flew west past beach car park at 9.05am

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Spoonbills were again present early morning with four on the Broadwater and the best on a migrant front was a Two Wheatear and a Whinchat in the dunes.

The Moth trap was a bit more productive with a Lunar Yellow Underwing, Dark Sword-grass and Red Underwing caught.

Red Underwing

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Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR on pool from hide at 12.30pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Cromer still on beach below Rocket House cafe at 9.25am. Y'day 3.juv.Caspian Gulls at 5pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on saltmarsh at 8.16am then flew west

Monday 10th September 2018

A Spoonbill and three Greenshanks were on Lavender Marsh early morning with five more Spoonbills and a single Greenshank feeding on the Broadwater. Single Whinchat and Yellow Wagtail were also recorded.

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Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still 2.50pm in Plantation (+Pied Fly still near lifeboat station). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB in paddocks near Patsy's Pool at 2.56pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Sheringham again on sea early morning
Norfolk Osprey Hoveton Great Broad (present several days). Access via ferry from Salhouse Broad
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still in Plantation (+Pied Fly still). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool at 10.45am then flew to reedbed
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holme Dunes NWT then 4.flew east
Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide. Jack Snipe from Parrinder Hide +5.Spoonbills
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew west past Cley at 8.58am

Sunday 9th september 2018

Another windy day meant the smaller birds kept their heads down and proved challenging to see with the only real noteworthy ones being single Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail. The larger species were slightly easier to see with a Great White Egret noted several times over the Grazing Marsh, six Greenshanks were on the Lavender Marsh and two Green Sandpipers were on the Broadwater. Offshore there were counts of 125 Sandwich Terns, 97 Gannets and single Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua.

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Norfolk Black Tern juv flew east past Sheringham 6.05-8.45am +Red-necked Grebe on sea
Norfolk Black Redstart midway between Hunstanton +Heacham by beach huts at 12.10pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew west past Weybourne Camp 7am-9am
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still 12.10pm in plantation
Norfolk Osprey Breydon Water over east end at c11.55am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney Point in Plantation
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen late morning. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still in plantation
Norfolk Barred Warbler 1w Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes at start of boardwalk at 10.50am tho elusiv
Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 10.25am
Norfolk no sign of Barred Warbler Winterton in South Valley

Saturday 8th September 2018

Birds seen today included a Spoonbill west, a Green Sandpiper around the Broadwater, four Greenshank on Lavender Marsh and a Yellow Wagtail over the dunes.

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Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad
Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way at 1.50pm. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk probable Hen Harrier ringtail Horsey this morning
Norfolk Barred Warbler still early a'noon Winterton in South Valley
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer on beach below Rocket House cafe at 11.45am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Winterton in South Valley
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer still by pier at 11.25am
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton South Dunes in oaks

Friday 7th September 2018

On the sea today 4 Common Scoters, 18 Gannets, a Bonxie and 65 Sandwich Terns were of note. A Spoonbill and a Great White Egret were of note today, with 3 Turtle Doves near the paddocks and flocks of 55 Golden Plover and 98 Lapwings moving west along the ridge. Also of interest were a Hobby over the back of the grazing marshes, and 6 Snipe.

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Norfolk hybrid Pallid Harrier x Hen Harrier juv 1.5ml NNE of Wells flew W over East Hills 10.37am then Wells 10.55am, Holkham 11.05am, Burnham Overy 11.17am-11.20am, Burnham Norton 11.30am +Ringstead 12.35pm [not Pallid Harrier; reidentified from photographs]
Norfolk hybrid Pallid Harrier x Hen Harrier flew west over Ringstead at 12.35pm
Norfolk reported juv.Pallid Harrier west over Ringstead is a Hen Harrier (or hybrid)
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv flew west over Ringstead at 12.3pm
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Norfolk Pallid or Montagu's Harrier juv Sheringham flew in off sea at 6.40am then landed on golf course then flew west
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point in plantation at 12.25pm
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv flew west over Burnham Norton at 11.30am
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Burnham Overy flew west over Gun Hill track at 11.20am
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Burnham Overy flew west over marshes towards sea wall +Burnham Overy Staithe village at 11.17am
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Holkham flew west over north end of Lady Anne's Drive at c11.05am
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Wells flew west over Beach Road at c10.55am
Norfolk Pied Fly Waxham c200yds south of Money Lane in sallows +blackthorn
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv 1.5mls NNE of Wells flew west over East Hills at 10.37am cTF.925.458
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Weybourne Camp

Thursday 6th September 2018

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Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls Cley NWT this evng: 1s.Simmonds' Scrape, juv.Pat's Pool
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Titchwell RSPB this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Hoveton Great Broad at midday [1+present for c10.days]
Norfolk Dotterel Burnham Overy Dunes flew east over east end at c4.30pm
Norfolk no sign of Greenish Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 2pm +Garganey
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Waxham in dunes south of Shangri-la chalet +4.Whinchats
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill at 12.20pm
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Wells Woods
Norfolk 5.Pied Flys Winterton: 4.in North Dunes, 1.in South Dunes below north end of chalet park +Whinchat
Norfolk 4.Pied Flys Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Hen Harrier Thornham by Staithe Lane
Norfolk Velvet Scoter fem Cley flew west past beach car park at 10.03am
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes between pay gate +1st car park at 8.20am

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Five Spoonbills flew east early morning and a Great Egret was seen briefly at the back of the Grazing Marsh. Three Green and one Common Sandpiper were on the Broadwater and nine Whinchats were counted along the seawall between the Observatory and Thornham Harbour. On the sea there were counts of 215 Common Scoter, 195 Wigeon, 159 Teal, 68 Gannet, 57 Shelduck,  34 Pintail, 4 Bonxies and 2 Arctic Skuas.

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Norfolk Great S'water Cley flew east past beach car park at 2.45p
Norfolk 5.Black Terns Cley flew west past beach car park at 2.27pm
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Blakeney Point still in Lupins +Redstart fem.Hen Harrier
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 1.15pm Blakeney Point in Plantation (+Pied Fly). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Horsey Gap at 10.22am
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 12.45pm Blakeney Point in Plantation. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Pied Fly Waxham in oaks 1/4ml north of Shangri-la chalet at 12.10pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool at 10.20am. 2.juv.Curlew Sands on freshmarsh
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys y'day Wells Woods
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point in Plantation

Tuesday 4th September 2018

A much quieter day, with a Spotted flycatcher and a Tawny Owl the best birds seen around the reserve. The sea produced a bit more, with counts of 138 Gannets, 96 Common Scoter, 56 Sandwich Terns, 15 Artic Terns, 8 Arctic Skuas and a single Red-throated Diver. A Humming-bird Hawkmoth is still frequenting the Buddliea in front of the Obs building.

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Norfolk Sooty S'water Cley flew west past coastguards at 3.52pm
Norfolk Dartford Wblr y'day Blakeney Point still in plantation +3+Pied Flys
Norfolk Wryneck Cley NWT in brambles between A149 +Babcock Hide mid a'noon then flew south over A149
Norfolk no further sign of Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly Cley NWT in ditch by footpath +A149 north of visitor centre by mid a'noon
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua Cley flew past beach car park at 2.25pm +ad.Pom Skua
Norfolk no sign of Wryneck Winterton North Dunes by fence on east side of large double pool just south of concrete block
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods this morning +Redstart
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Scolt Head Island
Norfolk Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly Cley NWT in ditch by footpath +A149 north of visitor centre this a'noon
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew past Sheringham 8.50-11.30am (+2.Puffins)
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv pale morph Cley flew east past beach car park at 11.02am tho distant
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT from Avocet Hide at 11.20am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes
Norfolk Pom Skua imm Cley flew east past beach car park at 10.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still Titchwell RSPB on south side of freshmarsh near reeds.

Monday 3rd September 2018

A Pied Flycatcher was trapped and ringed late morning with another present on the NWT reserve. The Short-eared Owl was hunting over the dunes early morning, a Greenshank flew over the Grazing marsh and an Artic Skua was noted over the sea.

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Norfolk Grey Phal juv flew west past Cley at 12.46pm
Norfolk again no sign of 1w.Citrine Wagtail Buckenham Marshes RSPB this morning
Norfolk 2.Garganey Titchwell RSPB +Great White Egret
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Wryneck still late morning Winterton North Dunes at northernmost toad pool east of fence +showing well (+Pied Fly still)
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton North Dunes in pine plantation
Norfolk Wryneck still Winterton North Dunes at northernmost toad pool east of fence

Sunday 2nd September 2018

On the sea today 7 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 100 Sandwich Terns. A Med Gull was with Black-headed Gulls hawking insects over the Observatory mid afternoon, and other highlights included 4 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, a Hobby catching dragonflies over the Broadwater, and a Yellow Wagtail over calling.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB near car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still early a'noon Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+juv.Curlew Sand 24.Spoonbills)
Norfolk 2.Wrynecks Horsey c500yds north of east end of Nelson Head track at 2.15pm
Norfolk Wryneck still 1.55pm Winterton North Dunes on NE side of northernmost toad pool +showing well
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes early a'noon +3.Spotted Redshanks. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no further sign of Red-backed Shrike Winterton North Dunes by early a'noon
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT from Friends Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +18.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Wryneck still 12.55pm Winterton North Dunes on NE side of northernmost toad pool +showing well
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way at 11.40am. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8.30am
Norfolk Wryneck still late morning Winterton North Dunes by large toad pool +showing well
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still +Garganey
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT flew over Billy's Wash at 8.50am
Norfolk Wryneck still 8.55am Winterton North Dunes on east side of large toad pool +showing well
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew west along River Yare mid morning
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Winterton North Dunes south of toad pools in birches west of fence mid morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Wryneck still Winterton North Dunes in gorse by large toad pool at c8am

NOA AGM

All members are cordially invited to come and join us for our Annual General Meeting at Holme Village Hall on Saturday 1st September at 3pm. We will be presenting our accounts, charity business and review of the year, including a photographic summary of the past year's wildlife. Do come and join us!

Refreshments are provided after the meeting has concluded.

Friday 31st August 2018

On the sea today 25 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 4 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe and 4 Arctic Skuas were recorded. Two Red Kites and 24 Buzzards were over the grazing marshes late morning and a Great White Egret was also seen. A single Spoonbill, 8 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Common Sandpipers, a Tawny Owl, a Hobby hawking over the Broadwater, and 3 Yellow Wagtails were also of interest.

A Pale Eggar moth was unusual in the moth trap and a good selection of butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath and Small Copper.


Pale Eggar from the Observatory traps

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Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton South Dunes
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still this a'noon Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+2.Curlew Sands 4.Spoonbills)
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in North Section
Norfolk possible Honey Buzzard Cawston Heath at 9.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still mid morning Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk no sign of ad.Cattle Egret Breydon Water at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes by 9am
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes at east end just west of Holkham Pines at 9.05am
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Blakeney Point still in plantation
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy flew west over saltmarsh again 6.55am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 6.15am

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Highlights today included two Spoonbills, two Green Sandpipers and single Garganey and Greenshank. A short sea-watch produced counts of 37 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet and a single Red-throated Diver.

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Norfolk Dartford Wblr Blakeney Point in plantation this a'noon
Norfolk Purple Heron Gorleston flew east over A47 near JPH at 3.50pm then flew out to sea
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3.50pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB landed near Fen Hide at 3.45pm
Norfolk Pied Fly 1ml east of CLey +just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in blackthorn by centre at 2.17pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Lyng flew east over meadows at 10.03am
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes y'day flew over Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Black Tern juv Weybourne offshore at 8am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Three Spoonbills were on the Broadwater early morning, along with a Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers. A single Swift flew west over the Obs and a Short-eared Owl was again noted over the grazing marsh and dunes. Two Arctic Skuas were also seen out over the sea.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Ormesby Broad
Norfolk 4.Caspian Gulls (all juvs) Cromer off pier this a'noon
Norfolk 17.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (both juvs) Rollesby Broad still this a'noon
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Purple Heron 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Spotted Crake still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes (+Great White Egret still). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Welney WWT from Lyle Hide +3.Common Cranes
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 9.25am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Weybourne offshore at c8.10am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 10.15am at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes in 2nd field with cattle
Norfolk possible Long-tailed Skua juv flew west past Cley at 9.30am (+juv.Black Tern)
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at South Wall near pumphouse at 7.30am (+juv.Black Tern)

Monday 27th August 2018

On the sea today 11 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 3 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 62 Sandwich Terns, and 2 Common Terns were seen. Waders included 65 Lapwings west, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Green Sandpipers and 9 Snipe. Two Stonechats and 2 Yellow Wagtails were also noted.

Two Humming-bird Hawk Moths were feeding on the buddleia.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Osprey c1ml ENE of Woodbastwick at Cockshoot Broad from hide at 2.30pm
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Black Terns (all juvs) Rollesby Broad still 1.15pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Woodbastwick
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (both juvs) Rollesby Broad still 12.12pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 11.30am at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes viewed from 2nd gate along footpath from church tho elusive
Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT still 11.15am in tree viewable from visitor centre tho distant
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Hockwold Washes
Norfolk 3.Black Terns (all juvs) Rollesby Broad late morning
Norfolk Osprey Ranworth still 10.30am over Malthouse Broad
Norfolk 8+Turnstones Cantley beet factory still on main pit at 9am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT flew over West Bank at 9.45am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 9.30am at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes viewed from 1st gate along footpath from church
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both 1s) Sheringham offshore
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still mid morning
Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad still
Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad still on post from platform near visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Black Terns flew west past Weybourne at 7am

Sunday 26th August 2018

A cool grey day which deteriorated into heavy persistent rain in the afternoon. Highlights were 4 Spoonbills and 210 Teal on the NWT pools, with a Green Sandpiper and 11 Black-tailed Godwits also seen, single Arctic and Great Skuas at sea, and a Short-eared Owl hunting Lavender Marsh early morning.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes viewed south from 3rd gate along footpath from church tho distant
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide at 7am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB still early a'noon on freshmarsh
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Spoonbill
Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad still 11am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Reception Hide
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape late morning
Norfolk Great S'water flew east past Sheringham at 8.52am +Balearic S'water flew east at 6.20am
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +9+Spoonbills still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day 1/2ml north of Ludham Bridge flew over River Ant at 8.15pm

Saturday 25th August 2018

Seawatching highlights were 21 Common Scoters, 6 Fulmars, 16 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 6 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 9 Little Terns, 77 Sandwich Terns, 12 Common Terns, a Med Gull and a Short-eared Owl in off the sea. Also of interest today were 4 Spoonbills on the Broadwater, 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools, 8 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 8 Reed Warblers, 2 Whinchats along the sea wall to Thornham, 2 Stonechats, and 2 Siskins with the Goldfinch flock in the pines.

Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Red Admiral and Common Blue. A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia.

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Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Honey Buzzard dark morph flew north over Cantley at 2pm
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide this a'noon. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2w +Polish-ringed juv) Cromer still on beach
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 12.25pm at SW end on South Wall Marshes
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at SW end on South Wall Marshes early morning

Friday 24th August 2018

On the sea today 31 Common Scoter flew past west, with 2 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 37 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns passing offshore.

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Norfolk Garganey fem Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 3.45pm
Norfolk 2.Black Terns still 3.34pm Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Rollesby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again from Tower Hide at 9am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide in flight at c10.30am on +off. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still on South Wall Marshes
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Pom Skua ad y'day flew south past Hemsby 5pm-8pm (+2.Black Terns)
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Highlights today included 30 Golden Plover and 38 Whimbrel passing overhead, on the NWT pools 2 Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper were noted with a Greenshank also flying over calling. A juvenile Cuckoo was on the NOA reserve at the west end of the pines and a Kingfisher was also seen. Passerines included 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, a Stonechat, 3 Whinchats on the corner of the sea wall at Thornham, and 5 Yellow Wagtails with the cattle on the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 10.55am on gate NNW of Burgh Castle TG.478.057
Norfolk Icterine Wblr 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills tho elusive (+Pied Fly) cTF.925.458
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley off Coastguards at 10.35am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad still Burgh Castle Marshes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water over North Wall Marshes at 9am
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Cley at 8.45am
Norfolk Caspian Gull y'day Cantley beet factory
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Birds early morning on the Broadwater included five Spoonbills and three each of Greenshank and Common Sandpiper. Two Turtle Doves and two Yellow Wagtails flew past west, and three Pied Flycatchers and one Spotted Flycatcher were in the pines behind the Observatory.

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Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 2.28pm +Great White Egret flew over
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Great Yarmouth Cemy still in north section
Norfolk still no further sign of 1w.Icterine Warbler Winterton South Dunes below public steps 100yds north of chalet park by mid a'noon (but 2.Pied Flys 4.Whinchats. Pied Fly North Dunes) NR29 4DD
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide at 11am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk no further sign of 1w.Icterine Warbler Winterton Dunes in South Valley 100yds north of chalet park in bracken +rowan below public steps by 9.45am NR29 4DD
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad still Breydon Water at SW end on South Wall Marshes (Spotted Redshank at east end)
Norfolk Icterine Warbler 1w still Winterton Dunes in South Valley 100yds north of chalet park in bracken +rowan below public steps (+3.Whinchats) NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2w +Polish-ringed juv) y'day Cromer still on beach +showing well
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still

Tuesday 21st August 2018

A quieter day than was hoped for with a Spoonbill, Common and Green Sandpiper the best birds around the Broadwater. A Pied Flycatcher and a young Cuckoo were on the NWT reserve, with the latter watched being fed by a Reed Warbler.

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Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still 3.27pm
Norfolk 18.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Great Yarmouth Cemy: 1.in north section, 1.in south section
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Gorleston at golf course
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad still Breydon Water on South Wall Marshes towards Burgh Castle early morning
Norfolk Black Tern juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.29pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Trimingham in trees near pottery then flew off
Norfolk Icterine Warbler Winterton Dunes in South Valley briefly this morning (+3.Pied Flys Whinchat)
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide at 12.40pm
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Cromer at Cromer Golf Course on cliff edge by telegraph pole 9am-9.05am then flew to base of cliff
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at east end at high tide

Monday 20th August 2018

The Wood Sandpiper was still on the NWT pools with 2 Green Sandpipers and 7 + Common Sandpipers around the Broadwater and a Greenshank over calling. A Cetti's Warbler and 3 Stonechats were along the east bank and 2 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling, with 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 13 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 10 Reed Warblers and 7 Goldfinches ringed during the day.

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Norfolk again no sign of ad.White-rumped Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use c'pk at Lathams +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT. Garganey from Lyle Hide
Norfolk 18.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 2.Dotterel (both ads) near Felmingham in field at 9am then flew south
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Berney Marshes at Berney Arms at 3pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret still 9.30am Breydon Water by South Wall near pump house tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Burnham Overy Staithe
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank. 7.Spoonbills on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Cattle Egret Breydon Water by South Wall on marsh between Burgh Castle +pump house

Sunday 19th August 2018

A blustery day with showers in the afternoon, seawatching produced 19 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 27 Little Terns, 81 Sandwich Terns, and 18 Common Terns. On the NWT pools a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpipers, and a Wood Sandpiper were of note, with 10 Black-tailed Godwits and 12 Snipe also seen around the reserves. A Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.

A Frosted Orange, a Fern, Small Waved Umber, White-lined Dart, White Point, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Brimstone, and Archer's Dart were among the moth catch and a wind-swept Brown Argus and Small Heath were around the reserve.

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Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.11pm
Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad still 2.33pm
Norfolk 31.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen at 1.56pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad at 11am
Norfolk no sign of Spotted Crake y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in evng (but 2.juv.Spotted Redshanks). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (both ads) Cley flew west past beach car park at 8.15am
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. 3.Spotted Redshanks on Volunteer Marsh. 3.Spoonbills on beach

Saturday 18th August 2018

A Wood and 3 Green Sandpipers were seen on the NWT pools with 20+ Snipe also recorded during the day. Three Yellow Wagtails flew over calling and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were also of interest. A Swift, 8 House Martins and 55+ Swallows were passing through west, a Stonechat was on the east bank and a Cetti's Warbler was heard along the footpath across Redwell Marsh.

Moths included Frosted Orange, Gold Spot, Garden Tiger, White Point, Rush Veneer, Silver Y and Angle Shades.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Holme NWT still from 1st hide late morning
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Caspian Gull (Polish-ringed) juv Cromer still east of pier at 11am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns flew east past Cley at 10.15am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. 3.Spotted Redshanks on Volunteer Marsh
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day Blakeney Point