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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 3rd May 2019

A dull day with fairly persistent rain and low cloud meant limited highlights. Two Yellow Wagtails overhead were the best of it whilst migrants around the reserve included 8 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Common Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs.

A Mediterranean Gull was calling along the Broadwater and 2 Cuckoos were heard throughout the morning.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse flew west over Iron Road
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse flew over Gramborough Hill at 2.05pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse still 12.37pm at Gramborough Hill then flew towards Meadow Lane +lost to view. View from a sensible distance
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe east of sea wall in field by 1st bend 200yds NE of car park at 11.35am +showing well TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still at Castle Mall at garden terrace at 11am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail on Wednesday Burnham Overy Staithe with cattle by path from layby in a'noon
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse again at Gramborough Hill at 10.30am then flew towards Meadow Lane +lost to view
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 10am flew towards Kelling Water Meadow +appeared to land
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Snettisham Coastal Park (but Great White Egret from inner sea bank)
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves (both males singing) New Buckenham Common NWT at 9.22am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp at 8am-8.30am then flew east to woodland in village