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Saturday 17th June 2017

Birding highlights today were a Grasshopper Warbler near the NWT entrance, a Cuckoo in the pines and 2 adult Med Gulls around the grazing marshes.

A spectacular moth catch today included 7 Red-necked Footmen, 2 Rosy Footmen, a Pretty Chalk Carpet, a Beautiful Hook-tip, 2 Small Elephant Hawk Moths, a Grass Rivulet and 2 Kent Black Arches, among 86 species.

Small Skipper and Ringlet butterflies were seen on the wing for the first time this summer, and a Four-spotted Chaser was around the pond.

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Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+3.Garganey 20+Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.05am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Seething still 10am
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (all 1s) Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. male Turtle Dove in car park still. Spoonbill flew west
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm 2mls north of Chedgrave over Langley Green by war memorial at 9.20am then drifted SE
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem y'day Breydon Water at South Wall by pumphouse briefly in morning