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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 27th April 2020

The day started chilly and overcast with light rain mid morning but brightened later on. A half hour seawatch produced 11 Brent Geese, a female Red-breasted Merganser flying west, 4 Little Terns and 32 Sandwich Terns passing offshore. A Red Kite landed out on the marsh and at least 5 Whimbrel passed overhead, with 2 Swallows, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats and 12 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers all recorded, while 2 Wheatears were south of the river Hun and a Yellow Wagtail flew over calling. Two Bullfinches were near the village.

Butterflies emerged in the afternoon with 4 Green Hairstreaks and 2 Green-veined Whites of interest. The first Small Copper of the year was also noted. Moths deserved their own post today!

Small Copper

Newts were active in the pond, with the male showing his splendid, spotty tail.

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Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Welney WWT still +Garganey
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Belton Marshes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water by North Wall
Norfolk Great White Egret on Saturday Welney WWT still +Garganey
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets west of Ludham near Johnson Street at Buttle Marsh NR flew north over River Ant at 8.45am