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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 30th April 2019

Further migration was noted today with a Swift heard passing over the Observatory, 19 Carrion Crows heading east, a Firecrest heard briefly near the Richardson Hide, 2 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 10 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 18 Sedge Warblers, a Redstart on the NWT reserve, 1 Yellow Wagtail over calling, and 2 Tree Pipits of note. Also of interest today were a Spotted Redshank in Thornham Harbour, 2 Common Terns east over Broadwater, 5 Med Gulls on the grazing marsh, and 2 Cuckoos around the recording area.

Both Swallow and Lesser Swallow Prominent were in the moth traps and a great range of butterflies were on the wing with Comma, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Wall Brown, and Speckled Wood all seen during the day.

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Norfolk Common Crane flew SE over Northrepps Airfield at 4.10pm
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 3.50pm in cut reeds from Tower Hide
Norfolk Common Crane Sheringham flew east over south end of Beeston Common at 3.48pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey just east of Wells still 3.24pm on scrape from track north off A149 +Wood Sand TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane Cley NWT flew east over Billy's Wash and Simmonds' Scrape at 2.56pm
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.04pm Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall 200yds NE of car park TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 1.31pm east of track
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh this morning +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1.39pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby in 2nd field west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Horsey by Nelson Head Track at 10.10am
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle SW of Great Yarmouth flew south over Gapton Marshes at 1.15pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park +Whinchat
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.23pm. Velvet Scoter on sea
Norfolk Osprey flew north over Pentney GPs at 11.48am
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool west of track
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad WNW of Little Walsingham flew east over Egmere at 10.45am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT over Eye Field at 9.13am then flew west
Norfolk repeat: GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of north end of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill at 8.58am then flew south to Meadow Lane
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 8.58am then flew to Meadow Lane
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Strumpshaw Fen RSPB on Lackford Run Pool
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Claxton Marshes still
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Garganey just east of Wells still on scrape from track north off A149 at 7.25am TF.932.431
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby +east of track at 7.50am TF.855.445
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still