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Tuesday 8th August 2017

A day of forecast rain proved remarkably dry throughout but produced some interest as the day wore on. Between the beach, Thornham Harbour and the pools on the reserve counts included 2 Spoonbills, Great White Egret, 4 Greenshanks, 6 Snipe, 98 Dunlin, 125 Golden Plovers, 7 Grey Plovers, 8 Black-tailed Godwits and 86 Bar-tailed Godwits. Moving through and joining local birds were around 80 Swallow whilst 480 Starlings were over the grazing marsh and roosting on the sand and feeding offshore were around 230 Common Terns and 270 Sandwich Terns.

The moth traps were fairly quiet and a Painted Lady proved the most interesting invertebrate sighting of the day.

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Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh +2 Little Gulls +2 Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 2 Little Gulls Breydon Water +880.Med Gulls
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv yesterday Cley NWT again from Daukes' Hide in evening Wood Sandpiper Salthouse still by Beach Road then lew west
Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshanks Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk Baird's Sandpiper ad still potter Heigham Marshes on middle pool + 2 Little Stints
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes NWT still on Hun Pool
Norfolk BAIRD'S SANDPIPER ad still 2.05 Potter Heigham Marshes on 1st pool by track +3 Little Stints
Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne Camp this morning +4.Little Gulls flew past
Norfolk 3 Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk  Black Tern flew past Sheringham
Norfolk  Wood Sandpiper Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by wind pump this evening
Norfolk Great White Egret Thornham Harbour
Norfolk  2.Caspian Gulls (ad and 2s) Cley NWT again from Daukes' Hide this evening +Garganey +Spoonbill