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Thursday 17th May 2018

A seemingly rather uneventful day, highlights being a first Summer Little Gull briefly around the Broadwater and a flock of forty Black-tailed Godwits east over the reserve.

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Norfolk no sign of Temminck's Stint Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3.30pm (but 3.Curlew Sands again)
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on roof of Roti restaurant at 19.Finklegate/ Queens
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT flew from Watling Water towards main pools
Norfolk Turtle Dove singing Seething still 8.45am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide this morning +showing well (+Short-eared Owl). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 10.50am on Simmonds' Scrape (+3.Curlew Sands on Pat's Pool)
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves (both singing) Weeting Heath NWT from Woodland Walk
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.31am