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Thursday 10th May 2018

A fairly strong westerly breeze and bright sunshine meant limited interest throughout the day. Ten Swifts were noted passing west, a Cuckoo was calling around the paddocks and a Mediterranean Gull flew over in the early afternoon. Around the dunes and reserve were 5 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers and singles of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat.

A Grey Plover in summer plumage and 3 Sandwich Terns were also of note.

A Coxcomb Prominent was in the moth traps and Latticed Heath was seen in the dunes, 4 Green Hairstreak, 3 Green-veined Whites and Holly Blue were the best of the butterflies on offer and around the pond a single Large Red Damselfly and the first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year were noted.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier fem Titchwell RSPB flew east offshore at 2.46pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Martham by River Thurne this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Arctic Terns Filby Broad early a'noon
Norfolk no sign of drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still 12.30pm just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field tho elusive
Norfolk no news on drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk 8.Arctic Terns Ormesby Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1.5mls SE of Waxham +just south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park by green box +2.White Wagtails. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Great White Egret Filby Broad
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field at 11.35am tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich between Mountergate +Rose Lane near Parmenter Gate Court flats at 9.35am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 10.05am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8.06am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end at 7.59am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water again at east end