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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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