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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 23rd August 2020

A Wryneck was on the NWT reserve again throughout the day, and 2 Whinchats were also noted in the dunes. A small arrival of Willow Warblers was observed with 12+ on the NOA reserve, and at least 2 Stonechats also along the east bank. On the sea 2 Fulmars, 2 Gannets, 26 Little Terns, 57 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Purple Sandpiper west were the highlights. At least 12 Whimbrel flew through calling.

In the moth traps today a few scarcer species were noted with Scarce Bordered Straw, Antler and Dark Spectacle. Also recorded were 4 Dingy Footmen, 6 White-lined Dart, 30 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 15 Silver Ys, a Gold Swift, 50 Flounced Rustics, 7 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 5 Vine's Rustics, 13 Turnips, 3 Flame Shoulders, 5 Archer's Darts, 3 Straw Underwings, 23 Large Yellow Underwings, 7 Common Wainscots, 6 White Points, a Common Rustic, a Nutmeg, 2 Six-striped Rustics, a Small Sqaure-spot, Rosy Rustic and Smoky Wainscot.

Below: Scarce Bordered Straw, Dark Spectacle and Antler Moth.




Butterflies included 2 Brown Argus and 3 Small Heath.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Cley NWT still 2.15pm from Bishop's Hide
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 2.17pm 100yds west of pillbox south of electric fence +showing well
Norfolk Wood Sand 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road flew over Gramborough Hill early a'noonTG.085.441
Norfolk Wood Sand Walsey Hills NOA still 2.02pm on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still 1.53pm 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on south side TG.085.441
Norfolk no sign of any Wood Sands Dickleburgh Moor early a'noon
Norfolk Pied Fly Sheringham at Beeston Common in rowans behind pillbox at 12.43pm
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 43.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen this morning. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 100yds west of pillbox on bramble south of electric fence at 12.46pm
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still 12.50pm Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on south side
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Breydon Water from hide at midday at high tide
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2w +juv) Cromer from pier at 10.30am at high tide
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still late morning Salthouse at Gramborough Hill tho elusive
Norfolk 4+Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton +4.Spoonbills Little Stint
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) y'day Claxton still on Claxton Marshes
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Dickleburgh Moor NR at 10am
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at scrape before The Holt at 10.46am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney at Kettle Hill on telegraph wires at 10.23am
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Holme NWT by electric fence at 9.37am
Norfolk Icterine Warbler Salthouse at Gramborough Hill (+4.Whinchats)
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT on main lagoon
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley on Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Garganey still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT east of East Bank still on The Serpentine
Norfolk Pom Skua ad pale morph Cley flew east past beach car park at 8.20am
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Kelling Water Meadows still 3.10pm +Whinchat