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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 28th September 2019

Blustery and wet at times, on the sea today 85 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic Skuas and 5 Sandwich Terns were logged. Also of interest were a Great White Egret, a brief glimpse of a Bittern, Hobby over the east bank, a Green Sandpiper on the NWT pools, 2 Spotted Redshanks and 3 Greenshanks in Thornham Harbour, a Med Gull, 2 Jays, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs.

In the moth traps 4 Feathered Ranunculus, 64 Lunar Underwings, 16 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Brown-spot Pinion, a Large Wainscot, 6 Beaded Chestnuts, a Turnip, Square-spot Rustic, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing and a Vine's Rustic were recorded.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Hockwold Washes RSPB still 2.10pm
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Thornham at coal shed
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hockwold Washes RSPB at midday
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Potter Heigham Marshes at 10am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Wells on saltmarsh
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe in cattle field viewed from sea wall at 9am +Great White Egret