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Thursday 16th August 2018

A day dominated by rain, clearing in the afternoon. Three Spoonbills were between Broadwater and Thornham Harbour during the day, 6+ Whimbrel flew over and 40+ Curlew came in over the marsh. A Hobby was hunting east of the Observatory, and hirundines were moving with 40+ Swallows, a Sand Martin and 2 House Martins of interest. Around the reserve 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, and a Sedge Warbler were noted, and a single Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail passed overhead.

A good selection of moths included Garden Tiger, Drinker, Yellow Tail, Dark Sword-grass, Yellow Shell, Fern and White Point.

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Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby till 1.09pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke then flew NNE TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 12.50pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk Spotted Crake ad still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 12.33pm. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 1,374+Med Gulls y'day Hemsby
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 12.18pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still late morning in stubble field near church
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby till 11.30am on beach then flew west
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT flew north over Simmonds' Scrape at 11.17am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west past Sheringham at 10.23am
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 10.50am on beach
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 10.35am on beach
Norfolk White Stork Hemsby still 10.09am on beach
Norfolk White Stork Hemsby on beach at 9.43am
Norfolk White Stork Winterton flew south over at 9.12am
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh still
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh still