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Saturday 21st May 2016

A very poor day with little activity besides a few Swifts passing with about 40 during the day. Of note were 3 Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, a Cetti's Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat. There was no sign of the Short-eared Owl. In the moth traps a Poplar Hawk Moth, 2 Northern Drabs, 2 White Ermines, a Treble Lines and a Flame Shoulder were of interest.

Walsey Hills was also rather quiet unsurprisingly, the highlight being a Hobby that lingered over Snipe's Marsh for a few minutes mid-morning. The best of the rest included 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls flying over north towards Arnold's Marsh, 3 Cetti's Warblers singing, 3 Blackcaps, 5 Common Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler and a Great Spotted Woodpecker around the feeders. A few butterflies were on the wing in the afternoon including 1 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper and several Orange-tips and Holly Blues.

A bizarre and impressive male Scorpion Fly Panorpa sp. - Walsey Hills, May 2016  

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of White-tailed Eagle Colkirk
> Norfolk Spoonbill flew W/over Titchwell RSPB late a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew SE/over Choseley Drying Barns at 15:40 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk White Stork (presumed escape) Acle Bridge in flooded fields between A47 & railway NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley at 12:27 in field from Thornham Road showing well PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Ringtail Montagu's Harrier just W/of Acle Bridge at 09:45 flew over A47 NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 14:05 on pool by mill NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on lake early a/noon NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB at 12:45 from Island Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Norwich in field viewed from B1149 at 13:00 NR2 1AW TG228084
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Drake Red-breasted Merganser Breydon Water at 06:10 NR31 9QB TG464048