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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 30th April 2020

A cool, breezy and rather damp day with showers and heavy rain in the afternoon. A large mixed group of Swifts and hirundines was out in the middle of the marsh during the day, with at least 7 Swifts, 20+ House Martins, a Sand Martin and 6 Swallows counted. A few waders were also to be found, with 6+ Black-tailed Godwits and 4+ Ruff to be seen. A Cuckoo was in the paddocks in the morning and 4 Whimbrel flew over calling. The two Black Swans of unknown origin were on the east end of Holme village.

Moths were very scant today with just 3 Muslins, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts and a Northern Drab to be found in the traps, and no butterflies were observed.

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Norfolk Hobby flew NW over Grimston at c1.30pm
Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Burgh Castle
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier fem flew north over Felmingham at midday
Norfolk Osprey 1.5mls south of Thetford flew over Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem NW of Horsford at Haveringland