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Friday 18th May 2018

Bright sunshine, light northerly wind and clear skies led to a fairly quiet day. Highlights in the area included at least 3 Cuckoos putting in regular appearances around the Observatory and Dunes, 2 Spoonbills on the marsh and seen once in flight, one or two Hobbies in the late afternoon and a Mediterranean Gull over the grazing marsh. On the beach were 10 Sanderling - some looking very fine in summer plumage, a lone drake Common Scoter was close in offshore whilst 7 Little Terns and 2 Common Terns were fishing in the breakers.

In the scrub and reeds were 19 Common Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 7 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers and 2 pairs of Stonechat. Noted overhead were 2 Swifts and around 20 Swallows.

The fine weather produced a good showing of butterflies including 21 Wall Browns, 2 Brown Argus, 10 Green Hairstreaks, 8 Small Coppers, 5 Small Heaths, 2 Orange-tips, 2 Small Whites, Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Woods, Holly Blue and a Peacock. The moth traps were relatively quiet but 3 Silver Y were of note during the day.

Small Heath and Brown Argus - Holme Bird Obs, May 2018 © David Bratt

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