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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 6th May 2019

A male Firecrest was trapped and ringed and remained on the reserve for the rest of the day. On the sea 3 Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Fulmars, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Little Terns, 11 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were recorded. An adult Arctic Tern flew west over the grazing marsh and a Golden Plover in breeding plumage was also of interest. Two Cuckoos, 4 Swifts, 35 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Stonechats, and 7 Yellow Wagtails were also counted during the day.

Firecrest trapped and ringed, photo by Theo Declermont

In the sunshine many butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Wall Brown and Small Heath, while in the moth traps a Chocolate Tip and 3 Pine Beauties were of note.