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Saturday 19th May 2018

A beautiful day with lots of sunshine, highlights were a Red Kite drifting east over the A149 around midday, 3 Cuckoos around the recording area, and a single Siskin flew over calling.

A Hairy Dragonfly and Brown Argus butterfly were the insects of note.

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Norfolk Wood Sand between Cley +Blakeney on pool on freshmarsh near information board this a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 1.30pm east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT from Babcock Hide then flew west
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool west of fishermen's car park
Norfolk/Suffolk 7.Common Cranes St.Olaves circled at 12.30pm then flew towards Somerleyton
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing Norwich still 10am in city centre by market on St.Peter Mancroft Church
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on White Lion Street at 8am NR2 1PX
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool at 8am
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Snettisham Coastal Park on raised bank
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water by Humberstone Farm at 7.25am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water again by Humberstone Farm