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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 19th May 2019

At least one Grasshopper Warbler seen at the end of the east bank and heard this morning, ringing produced a Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler together with a family of young Dunnocks. Two Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo and 6 Swifts were also seen.

Two Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange Tips, a Brown Argus, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown were seen on the reserve, and in the moth traps 9 Diamond-backs and 2 Breckland Plumes were of note.

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Norfolk Bluethroat reported between Sheringham +Weybourne at Spalla Gap in gorse by coast path +anti-tank ditch at 2.03pm then flew west towards beach
Norfolk Garganey fem Sculthorpe Moor NR still from Whitley Hide at 2.56pm
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk no sign of any Temminck's Stints Holme Dunes NWT on scrape (but Spoonbill flew east)
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still this a'noon on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance (+2.Wood Sands Spoonbill). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 2.08pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Cattle Egret reported Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation by 1.05pm (but fem.Pied Fly)
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point in plantation early a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv.male just south of Burnham Market flew west
Norfolk 3.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance mid morning. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance mid morning (+2.Wood Sands). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +4.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Brisley on Harper's Lane
Norfolk Turtle Dove Kelling
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day New Buckenham Common NWT still