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24th July 2023

2091 Dark Sword-grass (Wing span 35-50mm)

On the sea today 4 Fulmars, 37 Gannets, 3 Arctic Skuas, 76 Little Terns, 221 Sandwich Terns and 30 Common Terns were logged, with 2 Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper, 30 Black-tailed Godwits and 60 Curlew also of interest.

In the moth traps today a female Oak Eggar, 17 Scarce Footmen, 2 Shaded Broad-bars, a White Satin Moth, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Common Footmen, 2 Uncertains, 2 Drinkers, a Small Fan-footed Wave, 8 Rustics, 3 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 7 Ruby Tigers, a Yellow-tail, 3 Smoky Wainscots, 3 Dark Arches, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, 11 Large Yellow Underwings, a Dingy Footman, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings, a Cloaked Minor, Mouse Moth, Dark Sword-grass (pictured), Early Thorn, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Diamond-back, a Clay, Dusky Sallow, Nut-tree Tussock, Mother of Pearl, Small Blood-vein, a Kent Black Arches and Shore Wainscot.

Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Welney WWT still from Main Observatory at 1.31pm 52.5282,0.2779
Norfolk Balearic S’water flew east past Cromer at 9.40am c52.9333,1.2998
Norfolk LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Cley NWT still early a’noon on Pat’s Pool from Bishop’s Hide (+2.2s.Caspian Gulls still) 52.9563,1.0582
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT c1/3ml ESE of visitor centre again at Brendan’s Marsh at 11.20am +Spotted Redshank 52.7397,1.6000
Norfolk 4.Caspian Gulls (2s +3.1s) Cley NWT on Pat’s Pool from Bishop’s Hide 52.9560,1.0582
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cley NWT on Pat’s Pool 52.9572,1.0564
Norfolk LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Cley NWT still on Pat’s Pool at 9.50am 52.9577,1.0545
Norfolk again no sign of any Bee-eaters 1/2ml SE of Trimingham from viewpoint. Park in designated field south of Gimingham Rd/ Mundesley Rd jctn 7am-7pm +view only from viewpoint. £5 per person 52.8943,1.3957 NR11 8DZ
Norfolk Arctic Tern Cley flew east past beach car park at 9.05am 52.9651,1.0477
Norfolk Caspian Gull Sheringham again