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Wednesday 19th October 2018

Strong winds meant little interest in the bushes and on the marshes but a tit flock in the pines held a Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs. Birds seen offshore included 7 Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua.

An impressive 119 Lunar Underwings and a Silver Y were in the moth traps among the usual autumn species.

 Common Kestrel hunting in the pines - Holme Bird Obs, September 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 22.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Cromer still on east side on beach opposite RNLI Museum at 1.16pm
Norfolk Osprey near Holt at Hempstead at Selbrigg Pond NR25 6NF
Norfolk Osprey Felbrigg Hall NT over lake at 3pm then flew south over Common Plantation
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still 4.38pm Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide tho mobile. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 2.15pm
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still 2.05pm Welney WWT from main observatory tho mobile (+Garganey still +6.Common Cranes still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still 11.30am Welney WWT from main observatory +showing well. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk c37.Spoonbills Burnham Norton flew over marsh
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes (7.ads +2.juvs) Welney WWT from main observatory. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still Welney WWT from main observatory at 10.20am +showing well. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh