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Thursday 3rd May 2018

A beautiful day with a cool start but sunny and pleasant, highlights today were 2 Russian Whote-fronted Geese with 37 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh south of the Hun, a single Spoonbill, a Whimbrel, 8 Ruff, a Cuckoo, a Barn Owl, 130 Swallows and 4 House Martins west, a Cetti's Warbler calling near the entrance to the NWT reserve, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 4 Grasshopper Warblers (including a recaptured bird ringed last Saturday), 9 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 12 Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits and a Redpoll sp. A Wryneck was on the NWT reserve west of the forestry showing well at times.

A Norwegian ringed Robin was also of interest

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Horsey +7.Common Cranes
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on Thornham saltmarsh
Norfolk Pied Fly reported Titchwell RSPB on Meadow Trail at 10.35am
Norfolk 23.Arctic Terns Ormesby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still 2pm 200yds east of Gun Hill just south of sea buckthorn
Norfolk Wryneck still c1.30pm Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still at Gun Hill at 12.39pm (+Whinchat. 2.Black Redstarts east of boardwalk)
Norfolk Wryneck still 12.26pm Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park near Heacham dam
Norfolk Wryneck reported Holme Dunes NWT again west of forestry (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese with Pink-footed Geese)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh +Whimbrel
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey at Nelson Head track
Norfolk Whinchat Kelling Water Meadows on fence towards sea bank at 8.58am