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Saturday 23rd July 2016

With another hot and sunny day there was plenty of interest at the Observatory with 200 Common Scoters, a single Gannet, 205 Sandwich Terns, 5 Little and 5 Common Terns offshore. Of note around the recording area were 14 Avocets, 5 Whimbrel, a Curlew, a Green Woodpecker, and a Grasshopper Warbler was also noted.

In the moth traps an Oak Eggar, Privet Hawk, Garden Tiger, Pine Hawk Moth were among 71 species recorded today.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Caspian Tern Snettisham RSPB from Rotary Hide mid-evng + White-rumped Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper on beach & 2 Turtle Dove TF650328
Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB on mud by old jetty at 11:25 TF650328
Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB in roost at S/end of pits at 08:55 + Little Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpiper TF650328
Norfolk No Sign of Male Savi's Warbler Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Alpine Swift Heacham flew E/at 18:25 PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew over Choseley Drying Barns towards Docking at 16:31 PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk White Stork Halvergate Marshes at 10:15 on the marsh
Norfolk 19 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 14 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 07:10 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT + 4 Little Gull, 3 Green Sandpiper & Wood Sandpiper this mng NR12 0BW TG429221