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Tuesday 12th June 2018

A Short-eared Owl was seen low over the marsh mid-morning before flying off high and west and a Spoonbill was seen late afternoon flying east along the Broadwater. Two Grasshopper Warblers were reeling on arrival and a Cuckoo showed well at times near the Observatory. Little and Sandwich Terns were noted feeding along the Broadwater throughout the day.

Pine, Elephant, Small Elephant and Privet Hawkmoths were in the traps with reasonable numbers of common species. Butterflies recorded included Small Heaths, Common Blues, Speckled Woods, Wall Browns, Green Hairstreak and a Meadow Brown.

Early Marsh-orchid ssp. coccinea - Holme Bird Obs, June 2018 © David Bratt

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