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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 26th March 2020

Today was another beautiful day to look at, but strangely lacking in substance, with a cold easterly wind the notable feature. A seawatch in the afternoon, at a very low tide, produced a single drake Common Scoter east, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers just offshore, and a winter plumage Great Crested Grebe the main highlights. At least 10 Avocets were on the NWT pools and a pair of adult Med Gulls were seen over the Broadwater, but small birds were relatively scarce with 4 Chiffchaffs present, and a pair of Stonechats on the east bank.

In the moth traps the regulation 3 Hebrew Characters were caught, and a Pale Pinion which flew off the moment the trap was opened, so no photo can be posted!

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Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Ditchingham in garden
Norfolk Osprey flew north over King's Lynn early a'noon