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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 27th March 2020

The sunny weather continued with an increasingly cold north-easterly breeze. As yesterday, it was rather quiet, with little in the way of visual migration. A flock of 26 Black-tailed Godwits was on the NWT pools, and a Cetti's Warbler was still around the heli trap area, with singing Chiffchaff and Goldcrest on the Obs reserve and just offshore 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were floating while 60 Sanderling were scurrying around on the beach. A male Blackcap was heard again in the village and 2 Stonechats were on the east bank, but overall much the same as yesterday.

In the moth traps the regulation 3 Hebrew Characters were caught but also today an Early Thorn was seen flying in the sunshine in the area of the Dell. A Peacock butterfly was in the same area and the day was punctuated by a succession of rather fat and hairy bumble bees of various species!

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Norfolk Firecrest Southrepps Common by Bradfield Road
Norfolk Tree Pipit flew NW over Thetford at 10.05am
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley in garden
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley flew east along A149 viewed from garden along Glandford Road at 10.30am
Norfolk Firecrest male singing Wymondham at north end of Norwich Road near Waitrose