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13th October 2023

Barred Sallow

Highlights today were 265 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater, 50 Gannets, a Shag, 2 Great Crested Grebes, an Arctic Skua, 16 Razorbills and a Sandwich Tern. A Peregrine was on the beach catching migrants coming in off the sea, and 10 Cattle Egrets were still with the cows on the freshmarsh. A flock of 24 Barnacle Geese of unknown origin flew in off the sea during the morning and other sightings of note included a Bearded Tit, 2 Swallows and a House Martin, 23 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 3 Grey Wagtails, and 6 Rock Pipits.

Moths in the traps today were a Box Moth, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Beaded Chestnuts, 7 Large Wainscots, a Lunar Underwing, a Feathered Ranunculus, a Setaceous Hebrew Character, a Red-green Carpet and a Barred Sallow.

Despite much rain, 2 Red Admirals and 2 Wall butterflies were recorded, with 20 Common Darters and 10 Migrant Hawkers also seen.

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wighton at Copy’s Green in garden this morning [heard only] 52.9181,0.8922
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Fen Trail at 1.41pm c52.9638,0.6063
Norfolk Black Guillemot flew west past Cromer 7.20-10.30am +20.Little Gulls 52.9337,1.2963
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Winterton North Dunes on sea off Somerton Holmes at 11am c52.7371,1.6829
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters (both drks) Scratby still on sea at 10.49am c52.6786,1.7062
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle imm Holkham Freshmarsh still 10.09am c52.9639, 0.8219
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w flew NW past Walcott at 9.20am 52.8419,1.5050
Norfolk probable Y-br.Wblr Wymondham at Norwich Road in wood by S.bend before Esso petrol station briefly 7.20am [heard only] 52.5765,1.1274
Norfolk Lapland Bunting y’day flew east over Titchwell RSPB (+ad.Caspian Gull)