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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 17th August 2019

On the sea today there was marked tern passage with 71 Little Terns, 1 Black Tern, 38 Sandwich Terns, 21 Common Terns and 21 Arctic Terns counted. Also of interest were 4 Teal, 9 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, a Gannet and a Great Crested Grebe. A Great White Egret was on the NWT pools and 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 216 Black-tailed Godwits and a Med Gull flying over the grazing marsh were other sightings of note.

In the moth traps 2 White Points, a Coxcomb Prominent, White-line Dart and Copper Underwing were species of interest. Brown Argus and Painted Lady were seen around the reserve.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 1.30pm +showing well
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Wells
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks at 11.25am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water at east end at high tide
Norfolk Little Gull 2w Hopton-on-Sea flew south then in field south of Radar Lodge track at 8am
Norfolk Little Gull juv Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 10.40am
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer on beach +showing well
Norfolk Osprey Burgh Castle
Norfolk possible Pallid Swift Salthouse over Gramborough Hill at 9.10am then flew south
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Reedbed at 8.46am