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Sunday 5th June 2016

The first bird noted at Walsey Hills this morning was a Spoonbill that flew over North Foreland and Snipe's Marsh to the Serpentine where it was present feeding during the day. There was unfortunately no further sign of the female Red-backed Shrike; other interest was limited to around 20 Swifts present in the morning, taking insects over the pines, 3 singing Cetti's Warblers and small numbers of Sand Martins and Swallows moving east over the marsh.

Butterflies were surprisingly scarce with only one each of Painted Lady, Wall Brown and Speckled Wood seen. Many hundreds of Diamond-back Moths were still present, as were 6 Silver Ys.

An obliging Silver Y at rest near the picnic benches - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 3 Little Gull & Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Welney WWT from Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes + Redwing NR29 4BQ TG496198