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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 13th April 2020

A change in the weather brought very strong and cold winds overnight and into the morning, but relenting during the day. On the sea 3 Red-breasted Mergansers passed east and 2 Fulmars also passed close inshore travelling towards Thornham. There were still plenty of Sedge Warblers singing with 6 recorded, and 6 House Martins were counted out over the grazing marsh during the afternoon, with a Red Kite drifting over and a single Ruff on the marsh. A Yellowhammer was singing at the east end of Holme village.

No butterflies on the wing today and only 4 moths, with a Northern Drab, 2 Small Quakers and an Early Thorn all that the inhospitable night had to offer. In the Obs a female Emperor had hatched overnight.

Female Emperor Moth hatched out today.

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Norfolk Redstart male Holt in garden
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male east of Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marsh