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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Looking at the Welney WWT sightings for today note list of butterfly species seen includes Marbled White.
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Lots of Painted Lady’s in the dunes at Winterton today and similar story at Hickling NWT where they seemed to be everywhere.
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    There seems to be quite a few about at present. Had one in garden in Norwich tonight and a brief walk in North Denes (Yarmouth) on Wednesday disturbed several in relatively small section of overall area. RSPB Minsmere twitter feed also confirms many present and also referred to large numbers in...
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    Norwich Birding

    8 Whooper Swan over Trinity Street flying west this morning, assuming en route to Welney.
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Camberwell Beauty in flight near Mile Cross Birdge in Norwich lunchtime today - flew across road in the direction of the City on opposite side of river to Gibraltar gardens. All too brief sadly but clear enough to positively ID.
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    Norwich Birding

    Red Kite this morning flying over Trinity Strret towards city centre. Tawny Owl was calling from nearby at the same time, to offer another distraction to the senses!
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    Norfolk birding

    Mick, despite some initial confusion (on my part for the first photo), I must say that you have posted an excellent set of photos. Getting good glimpses of some of these birds is never easy, so hats off for getting the quality of photos you have captured. I agree with Paul that the Stoat is...
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    Norfolk birding

    I agree, this does not look like a gropper. If not a Reed Warbler them the most obvious candidate is Savi's.
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Holt CP & Sheringham Park The car park at Holt CP was simply awash with Silver-washed Fritillaries, including a single valenzina, which showed briefly on the buddleia near the toilet block but spent the majority of the time in brambles nearby. A number of showy but worn White Admiral also...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Holly Blue in the garden this afternoon in Norwich and one briefly in flight yesterday afternoon.
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Caterpillars Thanks John. I agree that there appears to be a gap in the market, although I guess with the number of UK moth species outnumbering butterflies by 'gazillions' to one, that it's perhaps not too surprising that the moth guides tend to omit caterpillars - whereas these can be easily...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Thanks James and Marsh Wobbler for confirming Cinnabar caterpillar ID. My wife has an excellent wild flower guide which lo and behold associates Cinnabar caterpillars with Common Ragwort, so clearly I need to brush up on my wild flowers too! If there are any good field guides for moth...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Butterfly Shopping A male Meadow Brown was busy doing some window shopping in the Superdry store in Norwich this morning but unfortunately on the wrong side of the glass, whilst a Small/Essex Skipper was busy browsing the shop windows as it made its way up St.Stephens this lunchtime. On...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Chalkhill Blues Looks like the first few males have emerged at Warham Camp, with no more than 10 males on the wing at present. All were in the furthest 'burrow'. A lot more vegetation than last year, much to the pleasure of the Meadow Browns which were abundant. Other highlights from today...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Foulden Skippers Second visit of the week, following the first on Monday, which despite some sunny intervals only produced singles of Peacock and Speckled Wood respectively. Many more insects on the wing this morning and the first Grizzled Skipper was seen briefly just beyond the gate near the...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Cantley & Strumpshaw My first butterflies of the year with two male Brimstones seen in Lingwood en route to Cantley Marshes (for distant views of the Glossy Ibis), plus four Peacock and a Comma at Strumpshaw. Another surprise at Strumpshaw in non-butterfly form was a Grass Snake.
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Warham Camp Visited the camp yesterday afternoon for my first views of Chalkhill Blue, a really striking butterfly. Without doing a formal count, I would estimate over 100 males on the wing and that was just from doing a half circuit of the camp. Only one female seen. The hedgerows along the...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Foxley Wood Late morning walk on Saturday. Speckled Woods abundant particularly along some of the shaded pathways. Observed five Large Skippers in total, at various points around the reserve. Other butterflies seen included two male Common Blues, including one faded specimen, plus 4-5...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Foulden Common Spent couple of hours on the common yesterday. Common Blues most notable on the wing as well as day-flying moths including; Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion, Latticed Heath and Common Heath. Personally saw one Grizzled Skipper, although another observer had 7-8 sightings of at...
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Thanks for confirming position on Grizzled Skippers. Planning a trip out tomorrow - hopefully winds will have abated.
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Plenty of butterflies at Holme on Saturday, but in less windy conditions. Good numbers of Common Blues and Small Heath, plus a few Brown Argus and Wall Brown and one Green Hairstreak. Yet to make a trip out to see Grizzled Skippers - am I still in time and is Stoke Ferry Cut-off Channel the...
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    Norfolk birding

    James aka Frootshoot, thanks for the pics of Icterine Warbler. Still having problems reconciling with the bird I saw due to the very obvious grey tones to the upperparts and contrasting wing-panel, large appearance and bill. I saw the bird best when it was on the ground as it was side on...
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    Norfolk birding

    Hi, this is my first post. I have had some problems getting my account up and running which fortunately has now been resolved - hence the delay in posting this item. The reason for my post is related to the articles re. samamisicus Redstart and possible 'Eastern' Bonelli's Warbler and the...
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