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Tuesday 28th June 2016

A calm and mostly warm day saw the Great Knot present again at Gore Point early morning, with an Arctic Skua seen on the beach here too. Elsewhere Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Mediterranean Gull were heard and 2 Common Terns flew east along the Broadwater, a Stonechat was seen along the east bank and 3 recently fledged Sedge Warblers were ringed.

Sedge Warbler with 'gorget' of dark blotches not seen on adult birds - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

In the moth traps 56 species were recorded including 3 Eyed Hawk-moths, 2 Poplar Hawk-moths, 1 Privet Hawk-moth, 1 Small Elephant Hawk-moth, 4 Common Emeralds, Small Emerald, 2 Red-necked Footmen, Pebble Prominent, 2 Ferns and a presumed Ephestia sp. A Painted Lady was seen behind the Observatory building whilst 2 Small Heaths, 4 Meadow Browns, 3 Speckled Woods and a single Common Blue made up the rest of the butterflies seen.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB at 14:50 on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Holme Dunes NNR on beach at Gore Point at 5:00
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water 16:20 at E/end in front of hide showing well NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water 12:47 at NE/end near tern platforms NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Cley NWT at 12:20 + Wood Sandpiper this mrng on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Ringtail Montagu's Harrier Titchwell Village flew N/over Briarfields Hotel at 07:45 PE31 8BB TF758437
Norfolk Arctic Skua (pale morph) Holme Dunes NNR on beach