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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 24th August 2019

Some early autumn migrants arriving including 20 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper around the Broadwater and 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools. A Greenshank, 26 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Snipe were also of interest. On the sea 5 Little Terns, 102 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns and 4 Arctic Terns were counted, with 12 Gannets passing offshore. A single Spotted Flycatcher and 3+ Pied Flycatchers were in the pines during the afternoon with 4 Whinchats (one at the west end of the dunes and 3 near Thornham Harbour), a Wheatear, 7+ Yellow Wagtails over calling and a single Crossbill also noted.

In the moth traps a Frosted Orange was new for the year, with a Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 White Points, 4 White-lined Darts and 3 Square-spot Rustics also of interest among the catch.

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Norfolk 3.Whinchats Thornham SW of coal barn from coast path this morning
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Great White Egret flew over. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 2.45pm Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes Welney WWT from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 1.23pm Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Quail male singing Salthouse near Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 12.48pm Cley on sea off beach car park tho elusive
Norfolk Pied Fly Kelling on Meadow Lane by copse this morning. 3.Whinchats north of pool
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still Cley on sea off beach car park early morning then flew north
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.25am +Whinchat
Norfolk Pied Fly Cley NWT by path to Dauke's Hide at 11.10am
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Blakeney in willows by track opposite Manor Hotel late morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Brancaster east of car park in bushes by beach huts at 10.43am
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Heacham just south of South Beach Road at north end of chalets at 8.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse at Gramborough Hill +Whinchat
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holme NWT +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh