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25th August 2023

Wryneck by Ben Rackstraw

Highlights today were a Wryneck in the Forestry on the NWT reserve, on the sea a Sabine’s Gull flew west off Gore Point, and 4 Common Scoter, 29 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic Skuas, a Black Tern east, 34 Sandwich and 15 Common Terns were recorded. Waders included 5 Whimbrel, 18 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Stints, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpipers and 5 Snipe. Also of interest were 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 12 Whitethroats, 14 Stonechats, a Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

An excellent catch of moths included a Common Carpet, 2 Drinkers, 42 Turnips, 3 White Points, 18 Flounced Rustics, 3 Nutmegs, 30 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Willow Beauties, a Silky Wainscot, 57 Archer’s Darts, 34 White-lined Darts, 51 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 22 Common Wainscots, 40 Large Yellow Underwings, a Crescent, 36 Vine’s Rustics, 5 Ferns, a Rusty Dot Pearl, 6 Square Spot Rustics, a Dingy Footman, a Blood Vein, 4 Single Dotted Waves, a Purple Bar, 4 Cloaked Minors, 8 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 5 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 3 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 2 Yellow Tails, 3 Straw Underwings, a Scorched Carpet, a Rosy Rustic, 2 Frosted Oranges, 2 Flame Shoulders, a Brown-veined Wainscot, Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Scarce Footman, Small Square Spot, Webb’s Wainscot, Pinion-streaked Snout and Common Wave.

Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT near bunker along path c52.9741,0.5401
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT still c52.5282,0.2779
Norfolk 3.Little Stints (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still c52.8538,0.4461
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cromer still by pier on beach c52.9330,1.3017
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still from East Bank c52.9606,1.0651
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat’s Pool c52.9579,1.0544
Norfolk LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Cley NWT still east of East Bank on Pope’s Pool at 11.15am 52.9579,1.0688
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Cley NWT still from East Bank +4.Wood Sands c52.9606,1.0651
Norfolk Curlew Sand Potter Heigham Marshes +Cattle Egret still c52.7185,1.5995. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) NR29 5JE
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Postwick in flight just south of masts viewed from A47 layby at 9.57am c52.6162,1.3906
Norfolk Sabine’s Gull Holme Dunes NWT flew west past Gore Point at c7.45am c52.9741,0.5401
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT flew west past beach car park c52.9662,1.0483
Norfolk Pom Skua y’day Weybourne c52.9497,1.1315
Norfolk Wood Sand y’day Felbrigg Hall NT still in stream north of Felbrigg Lak