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2nd May 2024

Red-breasted Goose Ben Rackstraw

The Red-breasted Goose was with Brents on the fresh marsh during the morning moving onto the saltmarsh in the afternoon, and a Spoonbill, 3 Cattle Egrets, a Whimbrel, Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 7 Snipe, 2 Cuckoos, 12 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 20 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 20 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, a female Redstart near the Observatory, 9 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 4 Siskins were noted.

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Wall Brown, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. A Hairy Hawker dragonfly was flying in the shelter of the pines, and in the moth traps a Small Waved Umber, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Muslin were the only moths caught.

Norfolk 18.Whimbrels Ringstead flew north over Ringstead Common at 2.09pm c52.9344,0.5372
Norfolk LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Cley NWT still early a’noon on Simmonds’ Scrape from Dauke’s Hide 52.9580,1.0542
Norfolk RED-BREASTED GOOSE 1w Thornham Harbour again on saltmarsh with Dark-bellied Brent Geese viewed from 2nd bench north of Coal Barn at 1.53pm (+Wood Sand on flood) c52.9667,0.5704
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew east over Cley NWT again at 2.01pm +lost to view over Salthouse Heath c52.9584,1.0665
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew west over Cley NWT at 1.54pm c52.9584,1.0665
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON ad.male Hickling Broad NWT still 12.50pm over Bittern Hide 52.7349,1.5968
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male Hickling Broad NWT over Bittern Hide 52.7349,1.5968
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT again from Babcock Hide at 7.30am c52.9552,1.0758
Norfolk LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER ad Cley NWT still on Pat’s Pool from Bishop’s Hide 52.9563,1.0582
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Snettisham Coastal Park again at Ken Hill Marshes at south end of flood at 9.08am c52.8838,0.4620
Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises flew SE over West Beckham at 9am c52.9100,1.1754
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still at east end at 8.17am +Red-throated Diver still on River Yare c52.5918,1.4675
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Hickling Broad NWT still c1/3ml ESE of visitor centre at Brendan’s Marsh from mound at 8.05am c52.7399,1.6025
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Holkham flew south over A149 at 5am