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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 26th April 2020

A brighter and sunnier day with a moderate south-westerly breeze. On the grazing marsh 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 4+ Ruff were counted. Two Cuckoos were calling and other highlights were 2 Swallows, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers and 4 Yellow Wagtails heading west. The two Black Swans were again at the back of the grazing marsh.

Moths today were a Brindled Beauty, White Ermine, Hebrew Character, 2 Northern Drabs and a White Ermine. Butterflies were plentiful with 14 Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange Tips, 2 Brimstones, 4 Peacocks, 2 Green-veined Whites and a Large White.

Below: Holme Bird Observatory Reserve

Below: White Ermine Moth

Below: Orange Tip male

Below: Little Egret

Below: Holme Bird Observatory Reserve


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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets on Friday Blakeney
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Great Moulton near Downsland Park at 2pm NR15 2DR
Norfolk Ring Ouzel WSW of Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh in scrub behind West Earlham Estate at midday
Norfolk Turtle Dove flew west over West Runton at 8.18am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Sheringham south of Skelding Hill at 9am +2.Whinchats
Norfolk 2.Bar-tailed Godwits Cantley Marshes RSPB this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills near Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 2.Sandwich Terns west of Norwich flew south over Bowthorpe towards Colney GPs
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves New Buckenham Common at 8.14am +Nightingale (not Old Buckenham Common)