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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 4th August 2019

A warm day with some sunshine, two Spoonbills were circling over the Observatory at 3.30pm, and a group of 6 Greenshank were also of note. Two Whimbrel flew over calling and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits were around the Broadwater and NWT pools.

In the moth traps today, a Twin-spotted Wainscot was of particular interest and a wide range of butterflies included a Brown Argus and 15+ Painted Ladies.

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Norfolk Quail Salthouse in wheat field by footpath
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT again
Norfolk 10+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this morning
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 12.12pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +showing well (+2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) (ad.fem +juv (colour-ringed))
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.45am +7.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (ad +2.juvs) Cley NWT again from Babcock Hide late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad still flew over marsh between car park +Stubb Mill at 9am
Norfolk 8.Wood Sands y'day just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Stiffkey Fen +36.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls y'day Cley NWT in evng
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.20am (+ad.Spotted Redshank still)