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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.




Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 13th June 2021

A very hot and beautiful day, highlights were at least 4 Crossbills in the pines during the morning and a Cattle Egret on the grazing marsh. Other birds of interest were Great White Egret, 240 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmars, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 220 Sandwich Terns, 24 Little Terns and 2 Common Terns. Two Cuckoos were around the dunes.

Butterflies today included Small Heath, Wall Brown and Red Admiral. In the moth traps 7 White Ermine, 11 Cinnabar, a Small Magpie, Brown Silver-lines, 4 Small Elephant Hawk Moths, 2 Privet Hawk Moths, Sand Dart, Buff Tip, 2 Buff Ermine, Light Emerald, Coxcomb Prominent, 2 Common Swift, a Brown Rustic, Small Square-spot, Mottled Rustic, Heart & Dart, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Purple Bar, Dog's Tooth, Angle Shades, Mottled Beauty, Pale Tussock, and Angle-barred Pug were recorded.

Dragon and damselflies were plentiful with 20+ Large Red Damselflies, 6 Common Blue Damselflies, 4 Azure Damselflies, a Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Broad-bodied Chasers and 2 Four-spot Chasers around the pond. Over thirty spikes of coccinea Early Marsh Orchid are now flowering there.

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Norfolk Glossy Ibis Welney WWT from main observatory (+2.Common Cranes flew over)
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Burnham Norton at 11.20am
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still 12.47pm Kelling at Kelling Quags on east side by track to beach in reedy dyke near small copse
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff male singing y'day 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marsh
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still 9.10am Kelling at Kelling Quags on east side by track to beach in reedy dyke near small copse +showing on +off
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still 7am Kelling at Kelling Quags on east side by track to beach in reedy dyke near small copse +showing well
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still Kelling at Kelling Quags on east side by track to beach in reedy dyke near small copse at 5.20am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Cley NWT flew east over East Bank in evng
Norfolk Corncrake male singing WNW of Norwich still west of Sweet Briar Road +just north of 15.Hellesdon Road [heard only]

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 12th June 2021

The Cattle Egret was present early morning, in with the Cattle on the Grazing Marsh and six Crossbills appeared briefly in the Pines by the Firs, at least two being red males. 

The moth traps were again busy, with the full list published below plus some pictures, courtesy of John Stroud.



Marbled Coronet

Sand Dart

Mother Shipton

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Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Kelling still 12.36pm at Kelling Quags in reedy dyke on east side +showing well on +off
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Kelling still 12.32pm at Kelling Quags along dyke by track to beach near small copse
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew west over Sheringham at 8.50am
Norfolk 2.Quail Salthouse by hillock left of footpath briefly 10.30am
Norfolk Common Crane Warham Greens still 10.38am towards Wells +flying high west
Norfolk Common Crane flew west over Warham Greens at c10.30am
Norfolk Common Crane Cley still flew high west at 10.09am then high west over Wiveton at 10.12am
Norfolk Common Crane Cley still flew high west at 10.09am then high west over Wiveton at 10.12am
Norfolk Common Crane Cley NWT flew over visitor centre at 10.03am
Norfolk Common Crane Cley flew high east over North Foreland Wood at 10am
Norfolk Common Crane Salthouse flew west over Iron Road at c9.55am
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Deepdale still from flood bank at 8.48am
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Kelling still c9.05am at Kelling Quags along last section of path towards beach
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Kelling still at Kelling Quags along last section of path towards beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Holme flew north towards beach at 6pm
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing y'day Kelling at Kelling Quags on east side along dyke by track to beach near small copse at 8.55pm

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 11th June 2021

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Norfolk Little Gull 1s Salthouse flew west at c8.50pm

Norfolk Cattle Egret Holme still 7.30pm from Saltings car park with cattle

Norfolk Cattle Egret Holme from Saltings car park with cattle tho distant

Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling y'day Gorleston on feeder in garden in morning

Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water flew over North Wall early a'noon

Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy on saltmarsh at 2.09pm

Norfolk Quail male singing Weybourne Camp

Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 9.29am

Norfolk Cattle Egret Snettisham flew south over Ken Hill Marsh at 8.25am

Norfolk 4.Glossy Ibises Welney WWT on main lagoon

Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls y'day Cley NWT

Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over West Runton at 7.26am

Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Cley at Sea Lawn on aerial 6.45am then flew off

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 9th June 2021

Grasshopper Warblers have clearly finished their first broods, with two birds noted reeling during the day in the recording area. The moth traps again produced a reasonable haul, two of the days catches and a full list follow. 


Phteochroa rugosana (photo John Stroud).

Marbled Brown

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Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Welney WWT again flew south
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Warham Greens still 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Rose-coloured Starlings Warham Greens at 11am: 1.NE of Garden Drove on saltmarsh north of pit, 1.in pig field
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad Warham Greens still 10.45am NE of Garden Drove on saltmarsh north of pit
Norfolk no sign of ad.Rose-coloured Starling Mundesley
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Wells along Beach Road mid morning
Norfolk possible Balearic S'water flew west past Cromer at 8.55am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male Warham Greens in old quarry east of Garden Drove at 8.32am with Starlings
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell RSPB at 8.10am
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end at 8.05am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling between Titchwell +Thornham Harbour on saltmarsh at 6.45am with Starlings but no further sign in heat haze
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Langham in garden at 7.40pm

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 8th June 2021

A stunning male Black Redstart was undoubtedly bird of the day, initially found on the NOA reserve before it continued its journey  west onto the NWT reserve. The moth traps were again busier with 25 species recorded which included 6 Small Elephant Hawk-moths, 5 White Ermines, 2 Spectacle and single Pine Beauty, Peppered Moth, Fern, Thistle Ermine, Flame Wainscott, Common Marbled Carpet and Fox Moth.

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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Winterton South Dunes still early a'noon in conifer by last house before chalet park then flew north past lighthouse
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling recently Watton in garden
Norfolk Black Redstart male Holme Dunes NWT in conifers behind car park
Norfolk BEE-EATER Potter Heigham flew over reedbed at 11.05am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad Mundesley still late morning on roof near Corner House Cafe
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad Mundesley in garden at 9.45am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Winterton South Dunes still 9.31am south of toilet block
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham RSPB still 7.40am
Norfolk Black Redstart male Holme NOA
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling between Cromer +Overstrand flew south over Cromer Road at 8.29am
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem still Hickling Broad NWT in dead tree east of Bittern Hide viewed from east end of Brendan's Marsh at 8.16am TG.435.214 NR12 0BW
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad West Runton in field west of beach car park at 7.57am with Starlings
Norfolk Garganey on Sunday Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk no sign of Rose-coloured Starling Kelling Water Meadow by 7.52am
Norfolk Turtle Dove on Sunday Salthouse Heath still in field
Norfolk 2.Quail (both males) singing west of Salthouse +east of Walsey Hills NOA in fields south of A149 at 7.21am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Winterton South Dunes still 7.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 5th June 2021

There was little of note bird wise today, though moth wise the traps were encouragingly busier again, with moths caught that included single Purple Bar, Waved and Small Waved Umber, Brimstone Moth, Chocolate Tip, Small Magpie, Yellow Belle and three Pine Beauties.  Butterflies included at least six Painted Lady, all very fresh examples. A smart male Broad-bodied Chaser was on and around the pond all day.

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Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT in dead tree from Bittern Hide late a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham Coastal Park still 1.58pm at Ken Hill Marsh west of footpath +Curlew Sand still
Norfolk Quail male singing just east of Beetley still 12.57pm in barley field by B1110 tho distant
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 12.42pm
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Rose-coloured Starling West Runton just west of Laburnum Holiday Park by 12.24pm TG.178.431
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad West Runton till 11.15am just west of Laburnum Holiday Park then flushed by Carrion Crow +flew west along clifftop TG.178.431
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling West Runton still 10.47am just west of Laburnum Holiday Park TG.178.431
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Sheringham flew east over Beeston Bump +appeared to land near West Runton at 10.25am with 4.Starlings
Norfolk Spoonbill flew south over Happisburgh at 9.18am
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marsh +Curlew Sand Little Gull 2+Turtle Doves 2+Spoonbills Great White Egret
Norfolk Quail male singing Beetley still at High House Road/ Elmham Road
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)


Holme Bird Observatory Friday 4th June 2021

A cooler cloudier day with rain in the afternoon, a juvenile Sparrowhawk was trapped and ringed, and a Spoonbill flew west over the grazing marshes. A Grey Wagtail flew over calling and 3 further Crossbills were in the pines.

In the moth traps 5 Small Elephant Hawks, 3 Cinnabar, 2 Muslin, 2 Breckland Plumes, 6 Treble Lines, 6 Green Carpets, 4 Bordered Whites, 2 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 2 Chocolate Tips, 1 Buff Tip, 2 Yellow Belles, a Narrow-winged Pug, Common Swift, Tawny-barred Angle, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Small Waved Umber, Flame Wainscot, Lyme Grass , White Ermine, Pine Beauty, Fern and Common Pug were among the catch.

Green Hairstreaks were still around the reserve. Photo by Cat Buck.




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Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Snettisham Coastal Park still 11.15am
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON 1s.male again 2.15pm Hickling Broad NWT low over Bishop's Reedbed viewed from new scrape
Norfolk 4.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON 1s.male till 10.45am Hickling Broad NWT south of east end of Brendan's Marsh over reeds by dead trees but no sign since
Norfolk Honey Buzzard (1.male displaying) Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes NWT drifted east over River Yare at 1.09pm
Norfolk Honey Buzzard (1.male displaying) Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew flew over Thorpe Marshes at 1.09pm [male at least drifted east]
Norfolk possible Iceland Gull imm flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 5+Little Gulls Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marsh at 10.41am +2.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Norwich flew south over Daniels Road between A11 +A140 at c10.30am
Norfolk White Stork flew over Hickling Broad NWT at 10.15am
Norfolk Quail male singing Beetley at east end of village 1/4ml west of B1110 at 8.30am
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male still 10am Hickling Broad NWT south of east end of Brendan's Marsh over reeds by dead trees tho distant
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male still 9.30am Hickling Broad NWT south of east end of Brendan's Marsh over reeds by dead trees tho distant [viewing may be better from Whiteslea track]
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male still 9.05am Hickling Broad NWT south of east end of Brendan's Marsh around dead trees th distant +mobile
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male Hickling Broad NWT at east end of Brendan's Marsh
Norfolk Common Rosefinch male singing Sidestrand flew in off sea +landed briefly 8.05am then flew high east over cliff

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 3rd June 2021

A warm pleasant day with sunshine and a light breeze, highlights today were a Spoonbill flying west, 2 adult Med Gulls, 2 Turtle Doves and 2 Stonechats in the dunes, and in the pines 6 Crossbills were seen.

Moths in the traps today included 3 Small Elephant Hawks, 5 Cinnabars, 5 Muslins, a Clouded Border, 2 Breckland Plumes, a Heart & Dart, Purple Bar, Mottled Rustic, Smoky Wainscot, 3 Green Carpets, a Sharp-angled Peacock, Chocolate Tip, Waved Umber, Willow Beauty, Flame Shoulder, Treble Lines and a Vine's Rustic.

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Painted Lady. Around the reserve a Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red Damselfly and Azure Damselfly were of note.

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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Winterton North Dunes by red tractor on edge of North Dunes by houses at 3.38pm
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling flew over Winterton North Dunes towards village at c2.20pm
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 2.49pm
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Holme Dunes NWT still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew north over Hickling Broad NWT at 11.35am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Hickling Broad
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Winterton North Dunes still late morning at north end c1/2ml NNW of concrete blocks 50yds south of Bramble Gap tho elusive cTG.480.223
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again flew east over Pat's Pool
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marsh +10+Little Gulls 4.Turtle Doves 2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad Scolt Head Island flew in off sea at ternery then flew SW towards Brancaster Golf Course at 8.56am
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Winterton North Dunes at north end c1/2ml NNW of concrete blocks in willows at Bramble Hill at 8.30am cTG.480.223
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew north over Sandringham at 8.27am
Norfolk Black Redstart male Waxham Sands on campsite

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 2nd June 2021

 Seawatching today produced a count of 122 Sandwich, 26 Little and 2 Common Terns plus 3 Gannets. 

The moth traps caught more birds than recent nights including 5 Small Elephant Hawk-moths, a Flame, Purple Bar, Vines Rustic and Small Square Spot.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse still west of Iron Road at 3.16pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew over Volunteer Hide at 2.10pm
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk no further sign of Icterine Warbler Northrepps at Hungry Hill c500yds along footpath by Bridge Cottage towards Temple Wood by 9.39am
Norfolk Icterine Warbler singing Northrepps at Hungry Hill c500yds along footpath by Bridge Cottage towards Temple Wood at 8.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 1st June 2021

Another find day weather wise at the Observatory. Bird activity was minimal and the moth traps were also quiet, with the catch comprising of Green Carpet, Chocolate Tip, Treble Lines, Cinnabar and two Small Elephant Hawk moths. 

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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 2.15pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk 3+Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still +Spoonbill
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 12.23pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail again c11.50am west of Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Osprey Potter Heigham flew over church towards Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk harrier sp (probably Hen Harrier) ringtail still 10.45am west of Stiffkey Fen flew east towards Blakeney Point
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marsh on pools from old sea wall at 10.36am +2.Little Gulls still
Norfolk Garganey drk just NE of Burnham Overy on pool from coast path at 10.16am
Norfolk harrier sp (probably Hen Harrier) ringtail west of Stiffkey Fen on saltings at 10.24am +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 10.11am opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 9.10am opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 8.24am
Norfolk Purple Heron ad y'day Filby Broad flew north over road bridge towards Ormesby Little Broad in morning
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marsh
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 7.45am opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still opposite visitor centre at 6.45am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 31st May 2021

A Turtle Dove was in the pines briefly before flying off south, and 2 Cuckoos and a Barn Owl were also of note, with 25 Swifts, a Hobby, Bearded Tit, Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and female Stonechat also recorded.

Cold winds reduced the moth catch severely with just one Buff Tip and one Poplar Hawk caught. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip and Small Heath.

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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Waxham still c11.40am between Waxham Sands Holiday Park +Horsey Gap car park
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Waxham again 11.12am between Waxham Sands Holiday Park +Horsey Gap car park
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell Sheringham NT
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 10.37am opposite visitor centre
Norfolk no further sign of male.Red-backed Shrike Waxham 100yds south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park by 10.30am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Waxham till 9.48am 100yds south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park then flew inland +lost to view
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Waxham still 9.42am 100yds south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Garganey drk Hickling Broad NWT still at Brendan's Marsh
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Waxham still 8.35am 100yds south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Waxham still 8.20am between Waxham Sands Holiday Park +Horsey car park
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Waxham 100yds south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Norfolk Osprey Morston flew west at 6.40am. Spoonbill flew east at 5.10am
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 7.25am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem Winterton North Dunes just north of concrete blocks at 7.05am TG.483.220
Norfolk Quail Waxham 200yds south of Shangri-La flew from path

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 30th May 2021

A beautiful day but with a cold breeze, highlights were Great White Egret, on the sea 2 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Little Terns, 13 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns, 2 immature Med Gulls, a summer plumage Golden Plover, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcaps, and 4 Lesser Whitethroats. 

In the moth traps 2 Green Carpets, a Cinnabar, 3 Treble Lines, a Small Elephant Hawk Moth, Muslin, Poplar Hawk and White Ermine were caught. Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small Copper and Small Heath.

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Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Garganey drk Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh still by west end of path at 12.47pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew high NW over Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe towards Reedham at 12.14pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Aldeby flew towards Haddiscoe
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Burnham Overy still 11.26am over pool east of path to dunes near bench
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marsh
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes NE of Foulden Common circling at 10.05am
Norfolk 7.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Burnham Overy on pool by sea wall towards dunes
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 9.41am +Great White Egret
Norfolk reported swift sp with white rump reported Walsey Hills at 9.10am was an aberrant Swift
Norfolk swift sp with white rump reported Walsey Hills again 9.10am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT still at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Felbrigg Hall NT again in oaks just west of lake dam at 7.30am
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 29th May 2021

A Whimbrel and a Greenshank were of note with 2 Turtle Doves and 2+ Cuckoos recorded and 4+ Lesser Whitethroats still singing. Two Stonechats and a Siskin were also of interest.

In the moth traps Small Elephant and Poplar Hawks, 3 Cinnabar, 6 Green Carpet, 2 Garden Pebbles, 4 Breckland Plumes, a Willow Beauty, a Muslin, 2 Small Waved Umber, a Fern, a Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 White Ermines, a Peppered Moth, 2 Treble Lines, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, Marbled Minor agg and a Brimstone were recorded. 

Butterflies included 2 Brown Argus, 3 Green Hairstreak, a Holly Blue, 2 Small Heath and an Orange Tip, while a Four-spotted Chaser, Azure Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly were recorded.

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Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still 2.56pm from Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT from Friends Hide at 2.48pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Heacham South Beach +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Heacham by chalets briefly 7.30am. Short-eared Owl in fields east of Saltings NR at 6am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme at Redwell Marsh NOA
Norfolk BEE-EATER flew south over Newton Flotman at 1.15pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh still
Norfolk BEE-EATER Blakeney Point over Plantation at 12.10pm [heard only]
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew east over Salthouse at 11.47am
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.10am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day Stiffkey at west end of Campsite Wood at 7.30pm
Norfolk Spoonbill ad near Horsey Corner on small pool

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 26th May 2021

 Another mainly wet day sadly. Three Wheatear remained on East Bank the whole day. Once the rain lifted at around 2.30 lots of hirundines and Swifts appeared low over the grazing marsh, mainly House Martins. While watching these two turtles Doves zipped west towards the NWT dunes.

One Orange Tip was seen and 11 moths were recorded. 3 Green Carpets, 3 Cinnabars, 3 Yellow Belles, 1 Treble Lines and 1 Cnephasia sp.

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Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Snettisham Coastal Park

Norfolk 4.Turtle Doves Heacham South Beach near green hut

Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still 12.25pm at North Point Pools east of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance TF.932.431

Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still from Parrinder Hide at 11.33am

Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Cley NWT at 9.49am

Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end

Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still at North Point Pools east of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance TF.932.431

Norfolk 5.Turtle Doves y'day Snettisham Coastal Park

Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Melton Constable at playing field then flew east


Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 25th May 2021

A largely wet day, a single Pink-foot and 2 Barnacle Geese were still on the grazing marshes, 2 Spoonbills and a Great White Egret were seen and a Turtle Dove, a Hobby and 2 Cuckoos were also seen. Four Wheatears were still around the grazing marsh, with one on the roof of the Broadwater Hide.

In the moth traps 4 Green Carpets, a Muslin, Yellow Belle, Cinnabar, Treble Lines, Least Black Arches and Shuttle-shaped Dart were of note.

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Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls between Salthouse +Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still 1.30pm at North Point Pools east of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance TF.932.431
Norfolk 9+Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still midday from Washington Hide +showing well
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marsh on north pools
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still 11.03am
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still 10.30am at North Point Pools east of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance (+aberrant Swift with white rump) TF.932.431
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still 10.09am at North Point Pools east of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still at North Point Pools east of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 24th May 2021

Three Common Cranes drifted west over the Obs at 12.30, with Great White Egret and Spoonbill also seen. On the sea a Fulmar, 5 Little Terns, 32 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were counted, and in Thornham Harbour a 1st summer Little Gull was noted, together with 3 Med Gulls. A summer plumage Golden Plover was again south of the Hun, and 4 Wheatears were seen. A Hobby was also present.

In the moth traps a Knot Grass, Silver Y, Yellow Belle and Waved Umber were caught, with a Scarce Pine Piercer also of interest. A Common Blue Damselfly was around the pond, with Orange Tip and Small White the only butterflies recorded.

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Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide +Cattle Egret flew west
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB still on pools viewed from crossing at 2.21pm
Norfolk Garganey drk y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB in evng
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Holme drifted high west over coast at 12.32pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Brancaster harbour at c12.05pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Burnham Overy Dunes circling high late morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Thornham harbour on west side
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew north over Stalham at 9.05am
Norfolk Osprey 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 flew west over Stiffkey Fen at 8am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Golden Oriole east of Beeston Regis flew west at 7.53am
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff on Saturday 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Felbrigg Hall NT by Lion's Mouth Road at 6am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 23rd May 2021

A fine start but with an increasingly strong breeze and rain in the afternoon. On the sea 2 Fulmars, a Little Tern, 21 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns were recorded, with 5 Kittiwakes also passing offshore. A White-rumped Swift species was reported over the NWT at 11.30 and flew south west. A flock of 115 Brent Geese were seen flying off in the morning, and 200+ Swifts were feeding around the recording area, with 2 Cuckoos and 2 Turtle Doves also of note.

Just two moths today; a Yellow Belle and Northern Drab. A Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly and Speckled Wood were also seen.

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Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells at North Point Pools still 2.20pm TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Holme in garden at Broadwater Road
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 2.02pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh again 2.09pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB on saltwater pool at 1.04pm then flew west
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls y'day Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh early evng
Norfolk probable White-rumped Swift Holme Dunes NWT at 11.30am then flew SW
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Berney Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Temminck's Stint till 10.05am Salters Lode at Bank Farm then flew off
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Salters Lode at Bank Farm at 9.48am
Norfolk swift sp with white rump flew west past Weybourne Camp at 8.20am
Norfolk swift sp with white rump Cley NWT near Walsey Hills again 8.45am
Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over Muckleburgh Hill
Norfolk Golden Oriole east of Beeston Regis flew west at 8.04am
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Holme in village car park in evng
Norfolk Golden Oriole east of Beeston Regis flew west at 7.05am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 22nd May 2021

Another cool, overcast day with light rain. Hundreds of Swifts were feeding over the dunes and grazing marshes throughout the day, with 250+ estimated. On the sea 52 Common Scoters, 28 Fulmars, 52 Razorbills, 5 Guillemots, 16 Little Terns, 90 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns and 8 Kittiwakes were counted. Other birds of interest included 100+ Brent Geese, a summer plumage Golden Plover, 3 Med Gulls, a Cuckoo, 15 House Martins, a Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Stonechats.

Moths in the traps were only four; Pine Beauty, Northern Drab, Silver Y and Cinnabar.

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Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still 3.09pm from Joe Jordan Hide +4.Spoonbills 3+Great White Egrets
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 3.08pm. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Wryneck Wymondham near Chapel Bridge this morning
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse still by Iron Road at 12.45pm
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Holkham Park flew north mid morning
Norfolk 6.Sanderlings flew north thru Hockwold Washes at 9.55am
Norfolk harrier sp ringtail Hardingham flew over field by railway station towards Runhall at 9am
Norfolk Pom Skua pale morph Cley flew east past beach car park
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Blofield Heath in garden at 8.04am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 21st May 2021

A rotten day, with strong winds and heavy rain. A Great White Egret was glimpsed a few times across the marshes, and 150+ Brent Geese were still south of the river Hun. 35+ Swifts were over the grazing marsh and at least 2 Sedge, a Reed Warbler and 3 Whitethroats were singing despite the conditions!

A single Knot Grass was the only moth captured.

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Norfolk Little Stint Salthouse on pool just west of north end of Beach Road at 2.40pm cTG.080.441
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water again at east end off Lumps
Norfolk Osprey flew south Kelling
Norfolk Osprey flew east over Weybourne Camp
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle reported y'day south of Burnham Market late morning [not from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Wells flew over sea wall at 8.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Trimingham flew SE over holiday park at 8.15am

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 20th May 2021

A breezy cold day with rain arriving in the afternoon. An Alpine Swift was tracked along the coast and flew over Holme at 11.38am. Other birds of note included 2 Great White Egrets, 135 Brent Geese, 70+ Swifts and a male Stonechat.

A Waved Umber was in the moth traps together with Green Carpet, Flame Shoulder, Muslin, Northern Drab and Cinnabar.

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Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB flew east along beach
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Blakeney Freshmarsh early a'noon but no further sign by 2.13pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Cley NWT till 1pm then flew west over West Bank
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Cley NWT still 12.57pm over North Scrape
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls y'day Salthouse still just west of Iron Road at 9.35am
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Cley NWT still 12.30pm when appeared to land on North Scrape
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Cley NWT still 12.20pm at Pope's Pool
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Cley NWT still 12.12pm east of north end of East Bank at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Salthouse flew east over Iron Road at 12.02pm
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Cley NWT still 11.59am east of West Bank
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Hunstanton flew south over cliffs at 11.52am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew west past Old Hunstanton at 11.51am
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Cley NWT flew east over coastguards at 11.55am
Norfolk COLLARED PRATINCOLE Blakeney Point flew over Marrams towards Blakeney Freshes at 11.49am
Norfolk 4.Glossy Ibises flew south over Welney WWT
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still from car park at 11.31am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew west over Holme at 11.38am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 11.33am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Cley NWT flew west over West Bank at 10.30am
Norfolk swift sp with white rump Cley NWT over East Bank at 10.24am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew west over Kelling Water Meadow at 10.24am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT West Runton flew west over cliffs at 10.05am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Sidestrand on cliffs
Norfolk Golden Oriole y'day Ingoldisthorpe flew over Brickley Wood at 5.35am
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water
Norfolk no news on ad.Caspian Tern 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 5.Little Stints y'day Salthouse west of Beach Road on pool below hill in evng
Norfolk no sign of Great Reed Warbler Breydon Water at east end near A12 Breydon Bridge in scrub between railway +A47 viewed from Weavers' Way 100yds beyond hide by 6.20am TG.516.085
Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over West Runton at 5.40am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 19th May 2021

 A largely pleasant day weather wise with the sunshine encouraging butterflies to appear with nine species recorded including a Painted Lady and several Green Hairstreaks. Bird wise- 3 Hobbies, 3 Wheatears, 2 Bearded Tits and 2 Cuckoos were amongst the highlights, with an out of character showy Cetti's Warbler noted too.The moth trap had single Northern Drab, Shuttle Shaped Dart, Waved Umber, Tinea trintella, and 2 each of Muslin and Cochylis atricapitana.

The Showy Cetti's Warbler

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Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 1.35pm at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham cTG.436.193
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still 1.25pm Breydon Water at Breydon Bridge from Weavers' Way 100yds beyond 1st hide [heard only]
Norfolk 5.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park: 3.south of beach car park, 1.from inner sea wall, 1.from sea wall 1/2ml north of car park
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 1.01pm at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from The Holt cTG.436.193
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT from East Bank tho mobile
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 12.10pm at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still 11.30am Breydon Water at Breydon Bridge from Weavers' Way 100yds beyond 1st hide [heard only]
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.35am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 11.30am at Potter Heigham Marshes 
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still 11am Breydon Water at Breydon Bridge from Weavers' Way 100yds beyond 1st hide [heard only]
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham again c11am at Potter Heigham Marshes 
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham till c10.40am at Potter Heigham Marshes then flew east
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 10.09am then flew west
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still c10.17am at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from The Holt tho distant
Norfolk probable Great Reed Warbler Breydon Water at Breydon Bridge along bushes between railway +A47 
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham RSPB +Little Gull
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham again 9.10am at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham till 7.25am at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham then flew east
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham at 5.40am

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 18th May 2021

A calling Serin was a surprise visitor today, flying in and landing briefly in the pines above the obs building before flying off west. Other birds recorded included 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Hobby and 2 Wheatears. 3 Gannets and 3 Guillemots were recorded on the sea. The moth traps were again disappointing, with single Muslin, Northern Drab and Treble Lines the only moths caught. 

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Norfolk probable Glaucous Gull still 1.44pm Breydon Water at east end at Lumps (+Spoonbill)
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham till 1.40pm at Potter Heigham Marshes then flew east
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 1.17pm at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham NR29 4RG
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 12.57pm at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham NR29 4RG
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still 12.04pm from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove Heacham South Beach still near green hut +tents
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (all 1s) Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh at 12.21pm +6.Spoonbills Great White Egret TF.653.340
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 12.05pm at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham NR29 4RG
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park
Norfolk probable Glaucous Gull Breydon Water flew to Lumps
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 11.37am at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud viewable from pay +display car park at north end of Cess Road, Martham NR29 4RG
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse still at Iron Road at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbill Warham Greens at 10.41am +Great White Egret
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton Douth Dunes below Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham again 11.12am at Potter Heigham Marshes on mud at 11.12am. Use pay +display car park at end of Cess Road, Martham
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water
Norfolk Serin Holme NOA in pines by observatory briefly then flew west
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing between Methwold +Mundford near forestry track.59 9.05-9.10am 
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham flew north over Potter Heigham Marshes at 7.05am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh at 7.17am TF.653.340
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Titchwell RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 17th May 2021

On the sea today 100+ Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Gannets and 2 Common Terns were recorded, while a Great White Egret, a Spoonbill, one Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoos, Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Stonechats, 5 Wheatears and a single Siskin were all recorded during the day.

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip and Green-veined White. In the moth traps 3 Waved Umber, Green Carpet and Muslin were caught.

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Norfolk 2.Little Stints Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Waxham on post this morning tho distant
Norfolk Iceland Gull imm King's Lynn flew south over Gaywood Park
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Burnham Overy on marsh
Norfolk Garganey Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marsh at 11.57am +2.1s.Little Gulls
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park at 11am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse still at Iron Road at c10.30am +showing well
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 10.15am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes just east of Wells flew west over North Point Pools at c9.57am TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cley NWT till c9.39am then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cley NWT still 8.29am east of North Scrape
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew low over Cley NWT at 7.45am +may have landed
Norfolk Nightjar near Barton Broad flushed from reedy ditch
Norfolk Short-eared Owl on Saturday Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 16th May 2021

A day of light winds and occasional warm sunshine, highlights were a Barnacle Goose on the grazing marsh, 22 Brent Geese, a single Pink-foot, 4 Wigeon, at sea 25 Common Scoter, Fulmar, Gannet, 26 Little Terns, 49 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern, while raptors included 3 Red Kites, 2 Hobbies and a Merlin. At least 7 Whimbrel were on the grazing marsh and a Short-eared Owl, 3 Cuckoos, 30+ Swifts, 6 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge and 8 Reed Warblers, 4 Wheatears, a Redpoll and 2+ Siskins were noted.

Butterflies included Painted Lady, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood. Hairy Dragonfly and female Four-spotted Chaser were also recorded. In the moth traps a Small Elephant Hawk moth, Cinnabar, Northern Drab and Green Carpet were caught.

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Norfolk still no further sign of Caspian Tern west of Norwich at University of East Anglia at UEA Broad by 2.30pm. Access from Bluebell Road /North Park Avenue junction NR4 7ED TG.194.072
Norfolk Spoonbill West Runton
Norfolk Turtle Dove flew past Winterton this morning
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN till c12.05pm west of Norwich at University of East Anglia at UEA Broad then flew off. Access from Bluebell Road /North Park Avenue junction NR4 7ED TG.194.072
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Hunstanton
Norfolk Golden Oriole fem/1s.male flew west over Beeston Bump at c11.50am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN west of Norwich again 11.53am at University of East Anglia at UEA Broad. Access from Bluebell Road /North Park Avenue junction NR4 7ED TG.194.072
Norfolk 2.Garganey Snettisham still at Ken Hill Marsh +Spoonbill
Norfolk Common Crane flew west past Beeston Bump
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN Whitlingham Ctry Park at 11.35am
Norfolk Common Crane flew NW over Northrepps at 11.25am. Common Crane flew north over Trimingham at 11.20am
Norfolk Common Crane flew NW over Northrepps at 11.25am. Common Crane flew north over Trimingham at 11.20am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN till c11.10am west of Norwich at University of East Anglia at UEA Broad then flew off. Access from Bluebell Road /North Park Avenue junction NR4 7ED TG.194.072
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 11.04am west of Norwich at University of East Anglia at UEA Broad. Access from Bluebell Road /North Park Avenue junction NR4 7ED TG.194.072
Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse Heath still c9am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 10.42am west of Norwich at east end of UEA Broad TG.194.072
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN Norwich at UEA Broad at 10.30am
Norfolk Spoonbill Sidestrand flew SE inland at 9.25am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Kelling Heath still
Norfolk Golden Oriole Cley flew WSW over Old Woman's Lane at 8.38am
Norfolk 4.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Stiffkey at east end of Campsite Wood at 8.20am TF.972.439
Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over East Runton near Incleborough Hill
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Holkham Park just north of monument at c7.55am
Norfolk Golden Oriole fem/1s.male Cley flew west to trees at east end of village at 8am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme
Norfolk Turtle Dove just east of Wells at North Point Pools TF.932.431
Norfolk Golden Oriole east of Beeston Bump flew west [2nd bird]
Norfolk Golden Oriole east of Beeston Regis flew west

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 15th May 2021

A cool overcast day with light rain throughout, highlights were a Gannet, 3 Little Terns, 38 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns on the seawatch, and migrants included 13 Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl high east over the grazing marsh, 25+ Swifts, 8 Swallows, 10 House Martins, 4 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 6 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, 7+ Wheatears, and a Tree Pipit in the dunes.

Moths in the traps were a Small Elephant Hawk, 4 Northern Drabs, a Buff Tip and a Muslin Moth. 


Small Elephant Hawk Moth

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Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk Turtle Dove Sheringham
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 1.26pm
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (1.ad) Wells on freshmarsh at 1.43pm
Norfolk probable Red-rumped Swallow Cley NWT over East Bank briefly this morning then flew west
Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at c1.45pm
Norfolk 2+Grey-headed Wagtails (both males) still 1pm Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marshes between coast path +wood
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Horsey Gap
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew SE over Blakeney Point
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Blakeney Freshmarsh at 10.54am
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT still at Brendan's Marsh +2.Garganey still
Norfolk Osprey Blofield flew north over A47 towards Hemblington Church
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still near Washington Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk 3.Grey-headed Wagtails (all males) still Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marshes between coast path +wood
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again on beach east of beach car park
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse still between Iron Road +Beach Road on ground at 7.48am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 14th May 2021

A cool and cloudy day with a northerly breeze. Two Great White Egrets were at the back of the marsh and two Hobbies were hunting over towards Holme Church with over 50 Swifts also counted. A Turtle Dove was seen in the dunes and on the sea 20 Little Terns, 30 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns were recorded, and at least 5 Wheatears were still on the grazing marshes.

In the moth traps a Coxcomb Prominent, Northern Drab and Flame Shoulder were caught.

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Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still before Washington Hide at 11.08am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.05am
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT +3.drk.Garganey
Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both ads) Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 8.28am
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 6.45am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 13th May 2021

A strong north east breeze kept the birds down but 2 Cuckoo flew low over the Obs early morning calling.2 Great White Egrets flew east in front of the Obs landing in Broadwater very briefly before flying on. 67 Sandwich Tern and 10 Little Tern were seen on the sea watch. 

The moth trap had 5 moths including, 1 Muslin Moth, 1 Flame Shoulder, 2 Common Quaker and 1 Cochylis atricapitana.

Butterflies seen were 4 Green Hairstreak, 1 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Small White.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse at Little Eye at 3pm then flew to pool north of A149
Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still 1.56pm 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 Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still. Spoonbill flew over freshmarsh again 12.17pm
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Hickling Broad NWT flew over Reg's Marsh at 11.50am (+White Stork)
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Morston from coast parh at 11.03am. Park in layby
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew west past Holme Dunes at 11.18am
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still 10.10am just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen (2.Spoonbills flew east at 10am). Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male West Runton (Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump)
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male West Runton (Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew west past Scolt Head Island
Norfolk Stone Curlew Blakeney Point still mid morning 300yds east of Halfway House tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both ads) Snettisham RSPB on the Wash at 9.54am
Norfolk Turtle Dove flew west over Sidestrand
Norfolk Serin male singing 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at south end briefly then flew south
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells till 7.15am at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance then flew west. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 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 Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Reg's Marsh
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

 

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 12th May 2021

At least four Hobby were hawking over the grazing marsh and a Peregrine was watched interacting with the Marsh Harriers over the marsh too. A single Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipits, at least 19 Wheatears and 4 Yellow Wagtails were also recorded. A count of 292 Sandwich Terns were made during sea watches along with 10 Little and 6 Common Terns.

Butterflies recorded included 2 Painted Ladies, 10 Wall Browns and 8 Green Hairstreak.

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Norfolk Osprey Thompson Water briefly 2.30pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still 3.05pm with cattle north of Friary Hills NT
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 3pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT at Brendan's Marsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still 1.03pm from Friary Hills
Norfolk Cattle Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh at west end late morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Deepdale in ditch on saltmarsh at 9.49am tho elusive
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier male Holme Dunes NWT still 10.47am +showing well
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT flew west over East Bank at 9.25am
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 9.53am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands Breydon Water
Norfolk Little Stint just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Wood Sand. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk no sign of Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT at Brendan's Marsh (but Spotted Redshank 5.Garganey (4.drks)
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day flew south over Hunstanton Cliffs early morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Titchwell RSPB flew east over reedbed at 7.08am




Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 11th May 2021

Bird of the day was with out doubt the Great Reed Warbler trapped and ringed early morning. A large Pipit was also seen on the grazing marsh by several observers and appeared on the News services later as identified as a Richard's Pipit. Other birds of note included 20 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Redstart. 

Great Reed Warbler- Andy Brown


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Norfolk Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT at east end of Brendan's Marsh (+3.Garganey (2.drakes) Spotted Redshank)
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB again opposite mill at 11.42am then flew west
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on mud at 2.02pm
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 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 3.Grey-headed Wagtails (all male) still this a'noon Snettisham Coastal Park at north end of Ken Hill Marshes from crossbank (+Wood Sand 4.Turtle Doves Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Blue-headed Wagtails (1.male)
Norfolk Spoonbill Upton Marshes
Norfolk Richard's Pipit still 12.19pm Holme NWT on grazing marsh briefly
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier male Holme Dunes NWT still this morning tho distant
Norfolk 3.Grey-headed Wagtails (all male) Snettisham Coastal Park at north end at Ken Hill Marshes from crossbank
Norfolk no sign of Great Reed Warbler Holme NOA late morning
Norfolk 2.Grey-headed Wagtails Cley NWT still from East Ban
Norfolk large pipit sp Holme on grazing marsh briefly
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT +Spotted Redshank 2.Bitterns
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER Holme NOA trapped +ringed +will be released at 9.50am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard South Walsham flew SE over Fleet Dike mid morning
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew west past West Runton at 9.37am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew west over Cromer Golf Course at 9.31am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew north past Waxham at 8.53am
Norfolk Scaup ad.drk Breydon Water +76.Whimbrel
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park on wires opposite chip shop at 7.15am
Norfolk Jack Snipe just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 8.Black Terns y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail West Runton at 8am then flew west
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +drk.Garganey. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane South Wootton flew south over A148 at allotments at 6.05am
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Sidestrand at 6.37am then flew east

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 10th May 2021

On the sea today 4 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmars, 42 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were seen. Highlights included 2 Spoonbills, 6 Whimbrel, 2+ Cuckoos, 100+ Swifts, 3 Sand Martins, 40 Swallows, 10 House Martins, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Whitethroats, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, 27 Wheatears and 2 Siskins.

Butterflies today included Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Peacock, and in the moth traps a Water Carpet, Buff Tip, Swallow Prominent, Cinnabar, Ruby Tiger, Powdered Quaker, Flame Shoulder, Chinese Character, Brindled and Double-striped Pug were caught.



Brindled Pug (top) and Water Carpet (bottom)

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Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Quags still 1.50pm on pool before shingle ridge
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Buxton Heath by car park in SW corner at 12.25pm then flew to SE corner
Norfolk Turtle Dove Waxham
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Salthouse flew west past Gramborough Hill at midday
Norfolk Spoonbill Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Quags again on beach at 11.51am
Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over Beeston Common at 11.30am
Norfolk Golden Oriole Cley flew towards North Foreland Wood at c11.30am +may have landed
Norfolk 2.Grey-headed Wagtails Cley NWT till 11.25am from East Bank then flew west (+male.Blue-headed Wagtail flew west)
Norfolk Golden Oriole Weybourne flew west at Muckleburgh Hill late morning TG.101.436
Norfolk Golden Oriole male flew west over West Runton at c11.20am
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Beeston Common briefly 11.01am then flew west
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches y'day Cockley Cley at Cockleycley Wood
Norfolk 2.Grey-headed Wagtails Cley NWT from East Bank at 10.43am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse still 10.33am on marsh west of Beach Road +showing well TG.076.440
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT from East Bank
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse flew west at 10.19am
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Winterton North Dunes flew south over pine plantation at 10.10am
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male West Runton again briefly then flew west
Norfolk 1+Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 9am +3.Jack Snipe. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Golden Orioles (1.male singing) Happisburgh in orchard on south side of Happisburgh Moor at c9.30am then flew west
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Happisburgh in orchard on south side of Happisburgh Moor
Norfolk Golden Oriole fem/1s.male flew west over West Runton at c9.23am
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail Happisburgh on clifftop
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem y'day Blakeney Point
Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over West Runton at c8.38am
Norfolk Caspian Gull y'day Kelling Water Meadows