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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 26th May 2019

A European Bee-eater was seen briefly by the car park in the morning and was the obvious highlight, but rain dampened interest otherwise, through the afternoon. The best of the rest included Grasshopper Warbler reeling, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Great White Egret.

Lime Hawk-moth f. brunnea from the traps - Holme Bird Obs, May 2019

The moth traps were busy and highlights included 2 Light Brocades, a Lime Hawk-moth (f.brunnea), 6 Cydia conicolana and the seemingly new for the area Aproaerema anthyllidella (Vetch Sober).

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell still 3pm by Gypsy Lane in cattle field
Norfolk no sign of ad.Rose-coloured Starling Hunstanton along cliffs between Queens Drive +Clarence Road TF.673.416
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Sheringham flew in off sea at 12.51pm then flew west along ridge at 12.58pm
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.35pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell by Gypsy Lane in cattle field
Norfolk White Stork Potter Heigham over Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.35am
Norfolk Serin Titchwell RSPB flew over Island Hide late morning
Norfolk White Stork Hickling Broad NWT over Heigham Sound at 10.55am then drifted north
Norfolk BEE-EATER Holme Dunes NWT by visitor centre at c10.35am then flew east
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still on Westlegate on Aviva at 8.30am
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in flight near dead trees east of screen at Patsy's Pool briefly
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB flew west from Volunteer Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water at west end +Spoonbill
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT still c7.55am viewable from Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT at 5.30am
Norfolk Garganey drk 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +5+Spoonbills. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195