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18th May 2024

Privet Hawk-moth

A cool start but highlights today included 32 Dark-bellied Brents over the grazing marsh, a Garganey and a Wood Sandpiper at Thornham, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, an Arctic Tern west along the Broadwater, a Cuckoo, 150+ Swifts, 2 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, 2 House Martins and 2 Siskins.

In the moth traps 8 Cinnabars, a Small Waved Umber, 3 White Ermines, 7 Yellow Belles, 3 Muslins, 2 Angle-barred Peacocks, a Turnip, 4 Flame Shoulders, Waved Umber, Willow Beauty, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Green Carpets, 3 Treble Lines, Purple Bar, Pale Tussock, Privet Hawk, Common Carpet, and Pinion-streaked Snout were caught.

A Broad-bodied Chaser and 2 Azure Damselflies were noted, and butterflies came out in the afternoon sunshine with Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown among the species seen.

Norfolk reapt: THRUSH NIGHTINGALE Blakeney Point WNW of Halfway House at The Hood at 2.22pm 52.9758,1.0003
Norfolk THRUSH NIGHTINGALE Blakeney Point at 2.22pm 52.9758,1.0003
Norfolk Osprey Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at 2.19pm c52.9544,1.0966
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Kelling Heath still midday 150yds north of Holgate Hill at eastern edge of Kelling Heath on footpath c52.9319,1.1214
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception hide at 12.15pm NR13 4HS 52.6065,1.4558
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still near Reedbed Hide at 11.48am c52.9747,0.5917
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Kelling Heath 150yds north of Holgate Hill at eastern edge of Kelling Heath on footpath at 11.33am c52.9319,1.1214
Norfolk Garganey drk Hickling Broad NWT still c1/3ml ESE of visitor centre at Brendan’s Marsh at 10.43am c52.7399,1.6025
Norfolk Wood Sand Thornham Harbour still on western pool by sea wall at 9.30am (+Garganey still) c52.9667,0.5704
Norfolk no sign of any Temminck’s Stints 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen c52.9572,0.9599. Use A149 layby, walk east +take path north along W.side of River Stiffkey 52.9546,0.9512
Norfolk Temminck’s Stint Wymondham at site with no general access at 7.30am c52.5696,1.1212
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marshes just north of cross bank gate c52.8838,0.4620
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Cley NWT still east of East Bank on The Serpentine then flew west at 6.27am