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Tuesday 24th May 2016

An exceedingly quiet day with highlights limited to 2 Mediterranean Gulls over the scrapes in the afternoon, 1 House Martin, 11 Swifts, 25 Swallows and a Siskin which came down to the pond by the Observatory mid-morning. Reasonably good numbers of butterflies were on the wing including 8 Brown Argus', 4 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Wall Browns and 2 Small Coppers, but the moth traps were relatively quiet with only 13 species noted; the best of which were a fresh Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a single Isotrias rectifasciana.

Crambus lathoniellus at rest near the Observatory - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT (sd + 1s) + Continental Black-tailed Godwit this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk White Stork Burgh St.Peter this mng in field being ploughed by farmer NR34 0BF TM469918
> Norfolk 1st Summer Spoonbill Cley NWT flew E/over A149 early evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB 18:40 in 2nd ditch E/of track this evng NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on the Lake this a/noon NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Hooded Crow Holkham Pines 1/3ml E/of Lady Ann's Drive by seat at 07:30