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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 30th August 2019

On the sea today 3 Common Scoters were offshore, with 80 Sandwich and 140 Common Terns resting on the beach near Thornham during the afternoon. Three Wigeon were on the Broadwater and 7 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff also flew through, while on the Golf Course 2 Whinchats and 4 Stonechats were of note, and 2 Grey and 3 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Today's moths included another Poplar Hawk Moth, a Spectacle, White-lined Dart, Six-striped Rustic, Ruby Tiger and White Point.

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Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT from visitor centre
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Garganey 3.Gt.W.Egrets Spoonbill. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4+Whinchats Horsey Gap at east end of Nelson Head Track
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Weybourne at 7pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Horsey on coast path by southern steps to seal viewing area at 12.30pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still from sea wall west of path this morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Sidestrand on beach
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB over reception
Norfolk 6+Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +6.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sidestrand on cliff briefly +juv.Caspian Gull flew west
Norfolk Osprey Heacham flew south over South Beach at 7.10am