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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 17th April 2020

A strong east wind dominated today although again it was pleasant and sunny in sheltered spots.

Four Pink-feet were still lingering on the marsh and a Red Kite flew low over the pools. At least 3 Sedge Warblers could still be heard though the wind made detecting warblers more difficult than usual! Two Spoonbills flew west along the Broadwater during the afternoon, and two Sandwich Terns flew past offshore making quite a racket.

With the cool breeze overnight there were not many moths, but 2 Muslins and a Clouded Drab were to be found in the traps, and a further 2 male Emperors also emerged during the day and were released near the Observatory.

Butterflies were scarce but at least 2 Green Hairstreaks were seen around the reserve together with some very large Bumble Bees.

A tiny case-bearer moth caterpillar was creeping across the windows of the Obs building and a Mallard duckling was worthy of a photograph.

Unidentified case-bearer caterpillar

Recently hatched Mallard duckling


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