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24th June 2023

Pretty Chalk Carpet 22nd June 2014 Chris Mills

On the sea today 14 Common Scoter flew east and 2 Fulmars, an adult Gannet, Little Tern, 2 Common Terns and 111 Sandwich Terns were counted. Also of interest were 2 Spoonbills, a drake Teal on the Broadwater, a Barnacle Goose over Lavender Marsh, a Med Gull, Cuckoo, 13 Swallows, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Lesser Whitethroats.

A bumper catch of moths today included 3 Barred Yellows, 4 Buff Tips, a Willow Beauty, Privet Hawk Moth, Eyed Hawk Moth, 4 Cinnabars, 4 Sharp-angled Peacocks, a Small Blood-vein, 3 Small Elephant Hawks, 13 Common Swifts, 8 Mottled Rustics, a Ringed China-mark, 6 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Southern Wainscots, a Burnished Brass, 3 Flames, 2 Pretty Chalk Carpets (one pictured), 2 Heart & Darts, 3 Haworth’s Pugs, 2 Turnips, a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Bedstraw Hawk Moth, a Small Dusty Wave, 2 Heart & Clubs, a Fanfoot, a Treble Brown-spot, Breckland Plume, Mottled Beauty, 3 Dark Arches, 5 Sand Darts, 2 Lyme Grass, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Striped Wainscots, 2 Uncertains, a Common Footman, Small Square-spot, Brown Rustic, Bordered White, 2 Rustic, Nutmeg, Rustic Shoulder-Knot, Common Wainscot and a Knot-grass.

Meadow Browns were numerous with 30+ recorded and 2 Small Heaths were also on the wing.

Norfolk American Golden Plover ad Cley NWT still 10.25am 1/3ml ESE of beach car park on North Scrape from screen 52.9628,1.0565
Norfolk 2+BEE-EATERS 1/2ml SE of Trimingham still in sand quarry from viewpoint. Park only in designated field south of Gimingham Rd/ Mundesley Rd junction 7am-7pm +view only from viewpoint. £5 per person 52.8943,1.3957 NR11 8DZ
Norfolk American Golden Plover ad Cley NWT still 7.19am on Simmonds’ Scrape from Daukes’ Hide then flew towards North Scrape
Norfolk American Golden Plover ad Cley NWT still 1/3ml ESE of beach car park on North Scrape from screen.