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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 15th July 2019

On the sea today 100 Common Scoter were seen with a Gannet passing offshore and 2 Little Terns, a Common Tern and 100 Sandwich Terns, together with at least one Med Gull. Waders in the recording area included 2 Whimbrel over calling, 12 Curlew on the beach and 12 Black-tailed Godwits passing, with 75 Bar-tailed Godwits and 200 Knot also of interest. A Barn Owl was hunting first thing and a single Bearded Tit was in the reeds near the NOA entrance. A Spoonbill was also of note.

In the moth traps a Buff Footman and the first Garden Tiger of the summer were the highlights.