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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 20th September 2019

A sunny day at times with a south-east breeze, a noticeable movement of Meadow Pipits including 43 ringed this morning, together with 22 Blackcaps, 15 Blue Tits, Stonechat and Sedge Warbler. Of note on the sea were a Red-throated Diver, 40 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Terns and 3 Gannets, with the Great White Egret on the NWT pools during the morning and 4 Spoonbills on the Broadwater. Two Hobbies were scrapping and hawking insects over the Observatory, with Kingfisher also of note and a Barn Owl in the dunes, with Greenshank and Spotted Redshank also on the NWT reserve.

In the moth traps two Sallows, a Shore Wainscot and 3 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings were the highlights.

Small Copper and Small Heath were still on the wing on the east bank.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier flew west over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh at 2.03pm +Little Stint still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in cattle field east of sea wall early a'noon tho elusive +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Weybourne east of coastguard cottages at 11am
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh at 11.18am +Little Stint Whinchat
Norfolk Willow Emerald damselfly Cley by West Bank 100yds north of North Drain
Norfolk 40.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Bank Farm
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) Burnham Deepdale trapped +ringed
Norfolk Redwing Thetford
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 9.50am +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 31+Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Whinchat Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.32am +juv.Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme still on Broadwater at 8.55am
Norfolk Knot y'day Cantley beet factory in evng
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in cattle field east of sea wall at 8.25am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Little Stint