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Sunday 22nd May 2016

Highlights today were the Short-eared Owl seen in the morning hunting on the grazing marsh, on the sea a noticeable passage of terns including 25 Little, 180 Sandwich and 100+ Comic moving offshore. Also of note were 3 Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, a Hobby, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Redpolls over west.

Insects were more abundant today with 2 Poplars, an Eyed Hawk Moth, a Small Elephant Hawk, 2 Waved and one Small Waved Umber, a Diamond-back, and Vine's Rustic among the moth catch. A total of 20 Brown Argus were counted around the reserve in the afternoon with Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small Copper and Orange Tip also in good numbers. An Azure Damselfly was also noted.

Highlights from Walsey included 2 Spoonbills going west in the morning, a single Swift, 40 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins and 3 singing Cetti's Warblers.

Green Hairstreak sunning itself on Alexanders - Kelling Quags, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Bee-eater flew W/over Gramborough Hill at 13:37 NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley Drying Barns in field PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk White Stork Great Ryburgh circled Sennowe Park late mrng TF970258
> Norfolk Great White Egret Somerton Holmes NW/of farm buildings
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA on grazing marsh this mrng TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NWT by boardwalk from 1st c/pk mid a/noon
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew W/over Great Walsingham at 15:32
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew S/over Heacham PE31 7AX TF663376
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436