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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 5th April 2020

A strong south breeze and sunshine today, but migrants were surprisingly scarce with highlights being a flock of 10 Barnacle Geese landing on the grazing marsh at lunch time, and a pair of Black Swans were on floods near the sea wall mid morning. A total of 5 Red Kites passed over and on the NWT pools 20 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Ruff were of note, together with 16+ Avocets. Two Cetti's Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs and 3 Blackcaps were heard, and a pair of Stonechats were near Thornham Harbour.

Two Peacocks and a Comma were the only butterflies noted and in the moth traps a disappointing catch consisted of just one each of Hebrew Character and Small Quaker.

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Norfolk Black Redstart West Runton
Norfolk Great White Egret near Wormegay by River Nar this morning
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew south over Hunstanton at c2pm
Norfolk Little Gull Filby Broad +4.Common Terns. Y'day c10.Common Terns Martham Broad
Norfolk Little Gull Filby Broad +4.Common Terns. Y'day c10.Common Terns Martham Broad
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew SE over Sparham at 12.20pm
Norfolk House Martin Roydon at 12.19pm
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) Welney WWT at Lady Fen. Also Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Northrepps at Hungry Hill
Norfolk Woodlark Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Hen Harrier male just SE of Wereham flew south over A134
Norfolk 5.Sandwich Terns Norwich flew low east over garden
Norfolk 4+Little Ringed Plovers Wymondham GPs (no general access)
Norfolk 3.Common Terns west of Norwich at Colney GPs
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wormegay west of high bridge in cattle field by River Nar
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches near Cockley Cley flew over
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Limpenhoe in paddock east of Marsh Road then flew west
Norfolk probable Lesser Whitethroat y'day Wymondham at sewage works at 1pm [heard only]
Norfolk 4+Common Scoters y'day Norwich flew over Hellesdon at 1.04am +1.21am