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Monday 21st August 2017

South-easterlies brought some activity today, with 97 Eiders passing west offshore, 3 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 23 Sandwich and 3 Common Terns. Raptors were on the move with 2 Red Kites drifting high over the A149 heading east, and at least 13 Common Buzzards heading high west. A Hobby was hawking and Swallows were also on passage with over 100 counted during the morning, and 2 Swifts also noted. A Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel also flew through and a Kingfisher was around the Broadwater.

In the moth trap another Scarce Bordered Straw and a Dark Sword-grass were the best of the bunch.

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Norfolk 2.Wood Sands still Cantley beet factoryNorfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still north of duckpond at 3.30pm NR25 7XG
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT still 3.44pm at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk E to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks. Turtle Dove in car park
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh briefly 1.30pm. Little Stint late a'noon
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT again at Rush Hill Scrape at 3pm. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk E to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again in reedbed
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red ringed) Breydon Water till 8.37am at east end then flew north
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red ringed) Breydon Water still 7.45am at east end on Lumps
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red ringed) Breydon Water again at east end at 7.10am