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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 16th June 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 25 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, 3 Gannets, 25 Little Terns, 66 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were recorded. A Great White Egret flew west over the grazing marsh and 2 adult Med Gulls were still vocal around the Broadwater, with Blackcap, 3 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers singing on the reserve and a male Stonechat on the east bank.

27 coccinea Early Marsh Orchids were counted around the Obs pond, with 4 Southern Marsh Orchids near the Broadwater Hide, and 4 Pyramidal Orchids along the northern fence line east of the Obs. In the moth traps a stunning Elephant Hawk Moth, Pale Mottled Willow, Spectacle and 21 Diamond Backs were among the catch, and 15+ Painted Ladies were still around the reserve with 2 Brown Argus and 2 Small Heath also noted.

 Lillies out on the pond

 Early Marsh Orchid Coccinea variety at the pond

 Painted Lady on Viper's Bugloss

 Elephant Hawk Moth in trap

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Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still 3.30pm Horsey north of Nelson Head Track NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Burnham Norton flew east over track at c3.10pm
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes again with cattle viewed from coast path
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still this a'noon Horsey north of Nelson Head Track tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Burnham Overy flew west at 1.40pm
Norfolk 10+Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.55pm Titchwell RSPB in flight at East Trail PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hide
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in reedbed at East Trail at 11am PE31 8BB
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still mid morning Horsey north of Nelson Head Track tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still: 2.on Thornham Marsh, 3.on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end early morning
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still Horsey north of Nelson Head Track 200yds west of green shed at 5.45am NR29 4AD