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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 20th April 2020

A strong north-east breeze increasing through the day left things very quiet on the reserve with relatively few birds singing. A Whimbrel flew over calling and 2 Cuckoos were in the dunes during the morning. Two Whitethroats were also heard. A light passage of Swallows was noted during the early afternoon with 20 seen flying east along the Broadwater and grazing marsh.

In the moth trap cold winds had reduced the catch to just two moths; Small Quaker and Pine Beauty. In sheltered spots there were still plenty of butterflies with 12+ Green Hairstreaks seen around the reserve, a Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined Whites and an Orange Tip noted. A further 2 Emperor Moths hatched during the day.

Speckled Wood, Pine Beauty and male Emperor Moth





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Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich till 12.32pm at Colney GPs then flew north
Norfolk 8.Arctic Terns flew east past Weybourne Camp 7.15-10.15am
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich at Colney GPs at 12.31pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wymondham still 12.04pm in 3rd paddock north of abbey along Tiffey Walk
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wymondham in 3rd paddock north of abbey along Tiffey Walk at 11.05am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male y'day between Blakeney +Morston still in field south of coastal path. male.Pied Fly on SW side of Kettlehill Plantation briefly 5pm
Norfolk 18.Arctic Terns flew NE over Felbrigg Park at 7.04am. male.Redstart Aylmerton in village
Norfolk 18.Arctic Terns flew NE over Felbrigg Park at 7.04am. male.Redstart Aylmerton in village
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water