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Friday 5th May 2018

A sunny day with light winds; at sea 4 Fulmars, 5 Little Terns and 39 Sandwich Terns were seen. At least 3 Cuckoos were around the recording area during the day, and a Sand Martin, 80 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2+ Grasshopper Warblers, 7 Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler were recorded. A Redstart and 2 Whinchats were on the NWT reserve with 20+ Yellow Wagtails flying over and 20+ Wheatears still present - the 6 ringed at the Observatory this morning were all of the Greenland race leucorhoa, and one was carrying so much fat it weighed 43.2g!

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Sidestrand
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 2.50pm Cley NWT near Avocet Hide viewable from West Bank
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine this a'noon
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 1.15pm Cley NWT near Avocet Hide viewable from West Bank
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.05pm Cley NWT flew to Cricket Marsh
Norfolk Osprey flew east over Blakeney Point late morning
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 10.39am Cley NWT at Cricket Marsh then flew to reeds east of Billy's Wash +south of North Screen
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Colney GPs mid morning
Norfolk Purple Heron still 9.50am Cley NWT in flight west of boardwalk
Norfolk 5.Garganey y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Spoonbills. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Burgh Castle at Back Lane in horse paddock tho mobile
Norfolk Purple Heron Cley NWT flew to Cricket Marsh at 7.56am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh