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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 12th September 2019

A strong south-westerly breeze kept most birds' heads down today, but 70 Wigeon, 130 Teal and 12+ Shoveler were on the Broadwater, and on the sea 30 Common Scoters, 2 Great Crested Grebes, and 3 Sandwich Terns were of note. A Green Sandpiper and a Snipe were on the NWT pools and a Jay was in the dunes early morning.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia briefly and in the moth traps a Frosted Orange, Silver Y and Archer's Dart were among the species caught.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew north over Horsey this morning (+Turtle Dove 2.Whinchats)
Norfolk no sign of Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 1.20pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister at old railway line by golf course this morning +showing well
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Garganey Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Welney WWT just north of visitor centre flew over Lady Fen at 10.13am
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks (both juvs) Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.47am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water
Norfolk Whinchat Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on fence at 8.39am
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day just east of Wells 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 Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still