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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 23rd April 2020

High pressure continued to dominate our weather today, with hazy sunshine and a light north-easterly breeze. Two Pink-footed Geese are still loitering on the marshes and a party of 35+ Teal are still concealed there, with 16 Avocets, 30 Lapwing and a single Snipe also counted. A surprising view of 5 Jays in a loose group piling into the pines and then chased out by a female Sparrowhawk suggested some migration and 5 Sand Martins and at least 3 Swallows were also seen. Two Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats and 2 Grasshopper Warblers were around the recording area and a pair of Stonechats in the dunes, with a single Yellow Wagtail dropping onto the reserve briefly before heading off east.

Moth trapping was more productive today, with a Waved Umber, Pine Beauty, 5 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 1 Northern Drab, a Powdered Quaker, Muslin and our first Black-faced Conch!

Butterflies enjoyed another balmy day of sunshine with at least 10 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Green-veined Whites, a Brimstone and 12+ Orange Tips all seen.

Waved Umber Moth

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Norfolk Arctic Tern Breydon Water flew east past South Wall late morning
Norfolk 4.Black Terns Hockwold Washes RSPB at 12.48pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes between Lenwade +Lyng Easthaugh flew SW over River Wensum at c11.20am
Norfolk 3+Spotted Redshanks Cley NWT this morning then 1.flew high north
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Cley NWT this morning +Short-eared Owl by beach car park
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe Marshes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Felmingham +4.Whimbrel flew NE early morning
Norfolk Serin flew west over Thetford at 7.30am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk Stone Curlew Blakeney Freshmarsh at 10.30am then flew off
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wymondham still NW of abbey on pasture by west side of River Tiffey then flew into willows +lost to view TG.101.020
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh again in SW corner in a'noon