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Saturday 11th June 2016

Seawatching today produced 250 Common Scoters, a Gannet, 2 Little Terns, 31 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns. Also of interest were a Greenshank, a Spoonbill flying over east, 100 Golden Plovers east, a Med Gull, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker and at least 3 Turtle Doves around the recording area.

In the moth traps a Pebble Prominent, 2 Middle-Barred Minors, a Bright-line Brown Eye, 6 White Ermines and 18 Diamond-backs were among the catch.

Highlights at Walsey Hills included up to 5 Mediterranean Gulls, a Red Kite, c.50 Knot briefly on Arnold's Marsh and 2 Spoonbills circling over Snipe's Marsh and the reserve before flying south-east. A Serin was in gardens at the east end of Cley village for much of the day, though it proved tricky to see at times.

There were still around a thousand Xylostella plutella around the reserve, mainly present along the southern boundary; other moths seen included Adela croesella, Micropterix aruncella and Sandy Carpet whilst the best butterflies were singles of Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Wall Brown and Holly Blue.

One of three Micropterix aruncella seen around the reserve - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh this evng NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea 17:22 at NE/end just S/of A149 coast road in front garden of Sea Lawn by feeders, viewable from gate but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 16:40 on freshmarsh by brick tern isoand + Spoonbill flew E/ PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide at mid-day PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in gardens along A149 W/of the Warden's House at 12:10 but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen at 10:58 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water at 10:20 then flew to N/Wall Marshes NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Serin Weybourne at 08:55 then flew W NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in garden briefly this mng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water on N/flats W/of Humberstone Farm NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill flew S/over Winterton North Dunes this mng NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on the Fresh marsh this mng + 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Turtle Dove (2 Male + 1 Female) Snettisham Coastal Park midway between c/pk & sea wall TF648335