Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 12th May 2019

A beautiful day with some good birds and butterflies, highlights included a Spoonbill on the Broadwater, an Osprey both on Thornham beach and then at Gore Point eating a large fish, at least " Cuckoos at the Observatory including a hepatic bird, a Barn Owl was seen in the morning, 150+ Swallows were passing steadily west during the day, and 3 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 2+ Grasshopper Warblers (1 ringed), 12 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, a Redstart, 2 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail were all of note.

The Tamarisk bushes were teaming with Green Hairstreaks and Comma, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Copper, Holly Blue and Orange Tip were all noted. A Hairy Hawker dragonfly was near the sycamore and in the moth traps a Chocolate Tip was of interest.

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Norfolk 4+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 27+Dotterel still mid a'noon 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in paddock by pumphouse track
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER still 1.20pm Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Pool in bush left of viewing screen
Norfolk 16.Dotterel still early a'noon 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER again this a'noon Titchwell RSPB flew from Fen Hide towards Patsy's Pool
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still 12.20pm north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill by pillbox tho distant. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still at far end of car park. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still c200yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp still late morning by radar station from footpath just beyond gun emplacement
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing again late morning Titchwell RSPB near viewing screen at start of East Trail tho elusive
Norfolk no further sign of Great Reed Warbler Titchwell RSPB near Fen Hide by 10.20am
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp still by radar station from footpath just beyond gun emplacement at 9.45am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still mid morning north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill by pillbox. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk BLACK KITE Burnham Deepdale flew north over campsite at 9.10am
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still mid morning Titchwell RSPB in ditch near Fen Hide tho elusive
Norfolk Garganey drk Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape +Spoonbill Great White Egret. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water mid morning
Norfolk Black Tern Burnham Deepdale east of The Drove
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end at 8.35am
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing Titchwell RSPB near viewing screen at start of East Trail
Norfolk 27.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Osprey Thornham on post on beach viewable from harbour car park
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at east end at 7.35am then flew west
Norfolk Wood Wblr Cockley Cley
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill by pillbox at 7.25am. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk BLACK KITE y'day Cockley Cley NW of layby c11.10-11.17am then flew south
Norfolk 21.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 6.15am