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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 22nd August 2019

Seawatching today produced 2 Eider, 12 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 94 Sandwich and 18 Common Terns, while around the recording area 2 Stonechats were along the east bank, a Med Gull flew over the grazing marsh and a Yellow Wagtail flew over the pines calling.

In the moth traps a Rush Veneer, White Point and Small Wainscot were the highlights.

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Norfolk Pom Skua subad dark morph Cley flew west past beach car park at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Kelling Quags
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 10.40am Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Clifden Nonpareil moth Titchwell RSPB on display in visitor centre
Norfolk Whinchat Waxham at Poplar Farm
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton at plantation
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 9.42am Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 9.24am Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad on Tuesday Cromer on beach
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv again Cley on sea off beach car park at 8.47am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Aylsham in garden at 6.20am