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Sunday 29th May 2016

The weather was less than summery today with cloud, mist and a strong north wind blowing offshore. 5 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns passed and other birds of interest included 2 Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, 18 Swifts, a Hobby, 30 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, and 10 Reed Warblers. A flock of Starlings on the grazing marsh included a leucistic bird.

Moths included a Breckland Plume, 2 Small Elephant Hawk moths, and a Buff Ermine.

At Walsey Hills Swifts were present in good numbers again, with at least 40 birds in the area; feeding with them were 4 House Martins and around 15 Swallows throughout the day, and a Hobby sped through in the afternoon. The first young Blackcaps of the year were also seen mid-afternoon, with adults in close attendance.

A glimpse of the 'white' Starling with the flock - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB on brackish island from main path at 20:50 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Immature Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew/W at 15:50 over Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Burnham Norton on marsh at midday PE31 8DS TF828441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Rockland Broad circled at 8:00 then flew/N NR14 7HP TG328047
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Arctic Tern Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 16:20 then flew/N PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at East End at High Tide NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB at 11:10 on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB until 10:25 then flew N/over the river NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 08:10 NR13 4HS TG341066