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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 25th April 2020

A day of two halves with a very cool breeze and cloud cover gradually breaking up during the day.

A flock of 55 Golden Plover flew west over the back of the grazing marshes and 11 Ruff were on the NWT pools , with at least 2 Whimbrel also noted. A Cuckoo was calling at the back of Drove Orchards and 6 Swallows, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, a late Fieldfare near the car parks, a female Wheatear on the grazing marsh, a Siskin over calling and the two mysterious Black Swans were all seen during the day.

In the moth traps 4 Muslin, a Northern Drab, Hebrew Character, Shuttle-shaped Dart and the first Cinnabar of the year.

Butterflies were plentiful with 12+ Green Hairstreaks, 2 Speckled Woods, 2 Wall Browns, 2 Red Admirals, 6 Orange Tips, a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell.

Top: Cinnabar Moth, Above: Wall Brown

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