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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 2nd April 2020

A breezy day but dry, there was still little sign of migration and the main highlights today were 2 Red Kites drifting over, and 8 Ruff on the NWT pools, with 2 Cetti's Warblers singing along the northern edge of Broadwater and at least 6 Chiffchaffs around the recording area. On the sea a pair of Common Scoter were offshore and 7 Red-breasted Mergansers were counted, with 2 Great Crested Grebes also noted. A flock of 30 Goldfinches were in the pines and 6 Pochard were on the Broadwater.

In the moth traps a sudden surge in variety took the form of an Early Grey, Powdered Quaker, 2 Hebrew Characters and 4 Red Chestnuts!

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still mid a'noon in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 10+Common Scoters y'day flew over Hingham at 10pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret flew west over Binham this morning
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew north over Thorpe Hamlet at 12.30pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Heacham flew south over South Beach this morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth at South Denes
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR still 7.30am