Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 28th July 2019

An excellent day with rain bringing down large numbers of waders including 70+ Whimbrel passing over during the day, 120+ Black-tailed Godwits on the beach and moving east over the grazing marshes, with many landing on the NWT pools, at least 20 Common Sandpipers were around the Broadwater with 5 Wood Sandpipers, 5 Greenshank, 2 Ruff and at least one Green Sandpiper also seen. A Great White Egret was showing well early afternoon, and two Cattle Egrets dropped in briefly at the back of the grazing marsh before moving off east. A family of Stonechats was again around the east bank with Lesser Whitethroat also noted.

In the moth traps 7 Garden Tigers, 2 Pine Hawks, a male Oak Eggar, a Lilac Beauty, Buff Tip, Rosy Minor and Buff Ermine were among the catch.

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Norfolk 32.Wood Sands Cley NWT still mid a'noon from Daukes' Hide +Little Stint
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa; 1.colour-ringed) Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (ad +juv) Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.20pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Stiffkey Fen still midday +25+Spoonbills still
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide at 1pm +Little Stint
Norfolk 5.Wood Sands Holme Dunes at Broadwater at midday +Great White Egret
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +11.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Blakeney Point mid morning: 1.on Far Point, 3.flew west +Black Tern
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape late morning +Sanderling
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Northrepps circled over Hungry Hill then flew west
Norfolk c40.Wood Sands Cley NWT +16.Curlew Sands on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL Titchwell RSPB flew east over main footpath at 10.23am
Norfolk 30+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at c10.20am +12+Curlew Sands
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 21.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +2.Curlew Sands
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands y'day just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly