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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 8th September 2020

On the sea today 262 Common Scoters, 19 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes, an Arctic Skua, 2 Guillemots, 2 Little Terns, 39 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns were recorded, with a Great White Egret, 2 Water Rails, 2 Avocets, 200+ Oystercatchers, 60 Lapwings, 25 Curlew, 45 Black-tailed Godwits, a late Swift, 25 Swallows and 50+ House Martins counted. A Whinchat and 3 Stonechats were along the east bank mid afternoon, and the dubious Bar-headed Goose was still on the grazing marsh.

In the moth traps 4 Brimstones, a White Point, 2 Flounced Rustics, 17 Square-spot Rustics, a Snout, 8 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Blood Vein, a Pale Mottled Willow, 6 Silver Ys, a White-line Dart, 6 Archer's Darts, 5 Large Yellow Underwings and a Turnip were caught, with a Huming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell.

A Common Lizard was basking in the morning sunshine on the viewing platform.

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Norfolk Wryneck 3/4ml NW of Weybourne still 3.11pm at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beachTG.103.437
Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Dickleburgh Moor NR this a'noon +released White Stork still this a'noon
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes in cattle field east of track between A149 +dunes at 2.19pm
Norfolk 46.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 1.04pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Welney WWT still from Friends Hide +Wood Sand
Norfolk Wryneck 3/4ml NW of Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach at 12.55pm TG.103.437
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Burnham Overy Marshes +Bittern
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet +SE of Money Lane at 11.23am TG.446.258
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Ortolan Bunting on 1st September flew over Norwich [identified from sound recording]
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 8.20am +juv.Curlew Sand
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still just SE of coast path junction by pool in cattle field at 8.37am TF.853.448
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets y'day Burnham Overy Marshes still