Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 18th August 2019

There was plenty of activity on the sea again today with 8 Teal, 2 Eiders, 7 Common Scoters, 7 Fulmars, 8 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, a single Arctic Skua, 5 Little Terns, 72 Sandwich Terns and 44 Common Terns counted early morning. A Whimbrel, 160 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were of note around the NWT pools, and a marked passage of hirundines dominated by Sand Martins could be seen perching on the fences on the grazing marsh, with 45+ Sand Martins, 21 Swallows and 4 House Martins counted but many more probably passing through during the day. Also of interest were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 8 Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, a Stonechat and 3 Bullfinches.

In the moth traps a Coast Dart was of particular interest with 42 species recorded, also including a Rusty-dot Pearl, Willow Beauty, Dusky Sallow, 4 White Points, 2 Straw Underwings, a Copper Underwing, Pale Prominent and Scarce Footman.

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Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 12+Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers' Way +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret between Ongar Hill +Admiralty Point (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly fem still Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Weybourne
Norfolk 2+Whinchats Cley NWT by fence east of beach car park at 8.30am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Snettisham RSPB at 10.30am