Tuesday 17th May 2016

A calm morning brought some optimism, but a distinct lack of migrants on the ground made for limited interest from the ringing activities. The obvious highlight from the morning was a Great White Egret seen to drop down on to the marsh towards the village just before midday. Otherwise a lone Pink-footed Goose remained, 2 Whimbrels were seen and Mediterranean Gulls were heard. At least one Turtle Dove was singing along the entrance track and 2 Cuckoos were vocal throughout the day; 20 Swifts, 2 House Martins and a Hobby were also noted. Around the reserve were 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers and 4 Reed Warblers.

Good numbers of butterflies were again in evidence with 1 Brimstone, 6 Small Whites, 8 Brown Argus', 4 Wall Browns, 3 Small Coppers, 4 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Peacocks, 2 Speckled Woods, 4 Orange-tips, 2 Green-veined Whites and 2 Common Blues. In the moth trap were 29 moths of 15 species.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh then flew E/at 17:28 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB flew off and no further sign by 17:12 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes NNR on marsh viewable from bank at entrance showing well
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh N/of Island Hide at 14:24 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-breasted Flycatcher Overstrand NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Red-breasted Flycatcher Overstrand by 12:30 off High Street in bushes by cricket ground NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holme NOA flew & landed near S/end of marsh at 11:55 TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT at 08:15 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Hoopoe S/of Long Stratton W/of Wood Green at Parkers Lane by mid mrng TM197914
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Breydon Water RSPB at the E/end this mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Little Walsingham at Back Lane this a/noon
> Norfolk Male Snow Bunting Choseley Drying Barns by road 200yds S/of parking area showing well PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 6 Little Stint Snettisham RSPB on the flowing tide TF650328
> Norfolk Male Snow Bunting Choseley Drying Barns close to road 200m s/of parking spot at bottom of hill at midday PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 4 Male Turtle Dove Brancaster Staithe at Barrow Common at 10:27 PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NNR
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Choseley Drying Barns on concrete pad at 09:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Turtle Dove Brancaster at Barrow Common at 10:27 PE31 8AW TF772438
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB NR30 1SB TG460053
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk Great White Egret Reported Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk Turtle Dove Beighton Marshes