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Wednesday 12th July 2017

A fairly quiet day around the Observatory, especially once the sun broke through mid-morning. A young Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the pines, a Greenshank flew along the Broadwater and highlights from the sea in the morning included a single Manx Shearwater amongst good numbers of Gannets, Sandwich Terns and a flock of around 300 Common Scoter.

Few moths were in the traps but Oak Eggar and Pebble Hook-tip were interesting and a male Vapourer emerged overnight.

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Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas (both ads) flew past Cley this morning (+Velvet Scoter. 2s.Caspian Gull on Simmonds' Scrape this evng +Garganey still +5.Spoonbills)
Norfolk Pom Skua reported flew past Sheringham this morning (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Snettisham Coastal Park over channel this evng
Norfolk Garganey Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.juvs) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+2.Spoonbills still). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north from bank
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still in car park. Also 3.Little Gulls still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew west from reedbed late morning
Norfolk Little Gull Breydon Water still at east end at high tide +2.Arctic Terns
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Little Gull 2.Spoonbills Continental Black-tailed Godwit TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Cley 5am-7am +Little Gull