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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 29th April 2020

A mixed day weather wise today on the coast with a period of low cloud bringing the first Swifts of the year, a small flock of fourteen birds heading west. Four Grasshopper Warblers were heard reeling  with at least ten Common Whitethroats and five Lesser Whitethroats also noted. Three Cuckoos were heard and seen during the day and a Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.
The moth trap was understandably quiet with only five species recorded.

A short (one second) sonogram of one of the reeling Grasshopper Warblers revealed an amazing 24 notes!
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Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Heacham at start of coastal park at 8.30am
Norfolk c30.Whimbrel Hickling at Stubb Road at 1.30pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 22.Arctic Terns flew NE over Welney WWT
Norfolk 2+Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at 12.15pm
Norfolk Osprey Cley flew south over Glaven Valley viewed from Glandford Road at 11.38am
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 45.Arctic Terns flew east thru Breydon Water