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Wednesday 26th July 2017

An interesting day's birding was cut short by strong winds and rain in the afternoon but during the morning a Great White Egret was seen from the hides, along with 2 Green Sandpipers and good numbers of hirundines. Around Thornham Harbour, the beach and over the Observatory waders included 4 Avocets, 8 Oystercatchers, 5 Whimbrel, 18 Curlews, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Turnstones, 30 Knot, 110 Sanderlings and 51 Dunlin. Other interest included a Mediterranean Gull and 6 Eider offshore.

Highlights from the moth traps included a male Ghost Moth, Coxcomb Prominent, Pine Hawkmoth and 4 Garden Tigers. 

Great White Egret - Holme Dunes NWT, July 2017 

Wall Brown - Holme Bird Obs, July 2017

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Norfolk 1+Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB +2.Little Stints 17+Spotted Redshanks Black Tern
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls (all 1s) Salthouse still on pools east of Iron Road. 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide this a'noon +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls (all 1s) Salthouse still on pools east of Iron Road. 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide this a'noon +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB on grazing meadow
Norfolk 14.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB this morning TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua reported y'day Cley offshore (+Scaup)
Norfolk 2.released Corncrakes singing y'day Welney WWT still in evng
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pec Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by late morning (but juv.Arctic Tern still) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew west over car park at 7.10am +2.Little Gulls 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide at 7am
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Weybourne Camp on sea
Norfolk Great White Egret Brancaster flew east over marsh mid morning