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Friday 31st August 2018

On the sea today 25 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 4 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe and 4 Arctic Skuas were recorded. Two Red Kites and 24 Buzzards were over the grazing marshes late morning and a Great White Egret was also seen. A single Spoonbill, 8 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Common Sandpipers, a Tawny Owl, a Hobby hawking over the Broadwater, and 3 Yellow Wagtails were also of interest.

A Pale Eggar moth was unusual in the moth trap and a good selection of butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath and Small Copper.


Pale Eggar from the Observatory traps

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Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton South Dunes
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still this a'noon Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+2.Curlew Sands 4.Spoonbills)
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in North Section
Norfolk possible Honey Buzzard Cawston Heath at 9.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still mid morning Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk no sign of ad.Cattle Egret Breydon Water at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes by 9am
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes at east end just west of Holkham Pines at 9.05am
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Blakeney Point still in plantation
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy flew west over saltmarsh again 6.55am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 6.15am