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Tuesday 7th June 2016

Calm and bright weather throughout the day led to very little interest around the reserve. A pair of Mediterranean Gulls did a couple of circuits around the marsh, being heard throughout the day, 2 Gannets and 5 Sandwich Terns were seen passing west over the sea, a Little Tern was feeding at the eastern end of the Broadwater and a Turtle Dove was heard singing near Redwell Marsh.

The moth traps were also relatively disappointing with highlights being 3 Small Elephant Hawk-moths, an Eyed Hawk-moth and approximately 100 Diamond-back Moths. Butterflies seen included a Painted Lady, 4 Common Blues, Small Heath, Wall Brown and 2 Green Hairstreaks.

The two Mediterranean Gulls passing closer, along the Broadwater late afternoon - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

One of two Celypha lacunana from the moth traps - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hoopoe Hillington at 16:00 in field near Norfolk Hospice on aeriel of house
> Norfolk Male Golden Oriole Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill W/over Titchwell RSPB + Drake Garganey on Patsy's Reedbed & Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Marsh PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Great Northern Diver Salthouse W/past Gramborough Hill at 12:15 NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Welney WWT from main observatory PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436