Thursday 5th May 2016

A beautiful sunny day with southerly winds, there was plenty of interest, with a highlight of 5 Common Cranes circling high over Holme and Thornham Marshes before drifting off south west. Also of particular note were a female Goldeneye on the Broadwater, a ring-tail Montagu's Harrier through west, 16 Whimbrel over calling, Cuckoo and Turtle Dove, 82 Swifts west, a Hobby past east, 2 Jays west, 12 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, a female Pied Flycatcher briefly in the pines mid morning, 6+ Yellow Wagtails, and 4 Redpoll sp.

Moths remain scarce with only singles of Muslin, Powdered Quaker, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab. However the female Emperor moth rescued last year from the sea wall footpath hatched safely and attracted 2 males. Butterflies were numerous with 2+ Brimstones, 3+ Green Hairstreaks, 2 Small Whites, 3 Orange Tips, 3 Peacocks, 2 Small Coppers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and a Large Red Damselfly was also recorded.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane Cley NWT E/over Barn Drift at 11:20 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Purple Heron S/of Heacham at Ken Hill Marshes in ditch 1ml S/of Beach Road at 10:00. View only from sew wall
> Norfolk 13 Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns in field W/of bend in road PE31 8PQ TF757420 Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB S/over c/pk at 09:15 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 5 Wood Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 4 Black Tern Breydon Water at 08:50 + 5 Little Tern NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 09:29 non grazing marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on pool S/of sluice PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT + 4 Little Tern & Short-eared Owl NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB in hedge along East Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 4 Black Tern Colney GPs on pit viewed from Bishy Barnabee Way