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Friday 12th May 2017

A humid day threatening rain, highlights were 6 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank on the NWT pools, a Cuckoo calling from the back of Drove Orchards, 2 Swifts, 10 House Martins and 10 Swallows over the village, a Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Lesser Whitethroats on the reserve, 6 Sedge Warblers and 10 Reed Warblers, while the ringing highlight of the day was a Reed Warbler ringed in Portugal. In the dunes on the NWT reserve Redstart, Whinchat and Wheatear were still present.

Moth numbers surged with the mild night temperature, including an Eyed Hawk Moth, Small Elephant Hawk Moth, Blood Vein, White Ermine, Small Waved Umber, and Northern Drab.

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Norfolk Saker Eccles-on-Sea in field then flew SW at 2.58pm
Norfolk 2.White Storks Acle flew over Damgate TG.401.096
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes. Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view from river bank NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Horsey still +Hen Harrier flew in off sea
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 10.45am. From Potter Heigham church walk N along lane to sharp bend then east on track +then north thru wood+E
Norfolk no sign of male.Y-br.Wblr Eccles at North Gap from wooden gate 200yds SE of Lokeside at 8am TG.416.282
Norfolk no further sign of male.Blue-headed Wagtail Cley NWT from East Bank. 2.Spoonbills on Billy's Wash
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes at 11am. Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view from river bank NR29 5JE
Norfolk 3.Garganey (all drks) Buckenham Marshes RSPB on Main Pool from hide +Bar-tailed Godwit
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB at 9am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water +12+Arctic Terns
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER y'day still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yd W.of hide at Rush Hill Scrape 8.15pm tho elusive.From Potter Heigham church walk N on lane to sharp bend then E on track+then N thru wood+E
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT from East Bank