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Tuesday 5th June 2018

Another fairly quiet day - cloudy throughout with the sunshine only breaking through late afternoon. A Spoonbill was on the pools from the NWT Hides before flying east mid-afternoon, a Red Kite and 3 Marsh Harriers were over the grazing marsh and Little Terns were again fishing along the Broadwater in front of the Observatory. A Barn Owl was seen mid-morning, 2 Turtle Doves and 2 Cuckoos were notable whilst other interest included 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and 14 Whitethroats.

Meadow Pipit bringing food to the nest - Holme Bird Obs, June 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk PADDYFIELD WARBLER still 5.30pm Blakeney Point east of Halfway House c300yds west of tern hut. Keep away from tern fencing. From Cley beach car park walk WNW along shingle for 3/4ml. Car park closed cTG.034.456 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk again no sign of ad.Rose-coloured Starling Winterton North Dunes (but Fieldfare)
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes still late a'noon just west of Holkham Pines near toad pools +showing well
Norfolk PADDYFIELD WARBLER again late a'noon Blakeney Point near The Fairway. Keep away from tern fencing. From Cley beach car park walk WNW along shingle. Car park closed cTG.034.456 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk unconfirmed report of possible Marmora's Warbler Blakeney Point east of Halfway House 50yds west of wreck in flight briefly early a'noon tho elusive +no further sign by late a'noon
Norfolk still no further sign of Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point east of Halfway House by mid a'noon. Short-toed Lark still 300yds west of The Marrams in fenced area east of tern hut mid a'noon (1s.Caspian Gull Far Point early a'noon)
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes still 2pm midway between boardwalk +Holkham Pines
Norfolk no sign of male.White-spotted Bluethroat 2/3ml north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow. From A149 walk north along track for 1/2ml then fork right +view north TG.094.438 NR25 7EE
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes still late morning midway between boardwalk +Holkham Pines
Norfolk no further sign of Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point east of Halfway House near wreck by 12.10pm. Keep away from tern fencing. From Cley beach car park walk WNW along shingle for 3/4ml. Car park closed cTG.034.456 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes just west of Holkham Pines tho mobile
Norfolk PADDYFIELD WARBLER still Blakeney Point east of Halfway House near wreck at 10am tho elusive. Keep away from tern fencing. From Cley beach car park walk WNW along shingle for 3/4ml. Car park closed cTG.034.456 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on Prince of Wales Road on roof of Tesco Express at 9am