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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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Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew between Thunder Lane +Station Marsh mid a'noon
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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Norwich over Waterworks Road at 11.55am
Norfolk Redstart male north of Wymondham in paddocks near Center Paws
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +showing well NR29 5JE