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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 8th April 2020

A reeling Grasshopper Warbler was a nice surprise on arriving at the Observatory this morning, very much the bird highlight of the day.  The moth trap unsurprisingly only produced two species of moth, Red Chestnut and Early Grey, both typical for this time of year. Butterflies though continue to emerge with several Green Hairstreaks noted today.

Green Hairstreak

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Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly y'day High Kelling in garden
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT in Eye Field then flew high NNE
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Sunday Hemsby
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Claxton in grazing field
Norfolk Little Gull Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Reepham at 10.19am +singing Garden Warbler
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley flew south past 11.Glandford Road at 10.30am then landed in ditch by poplars west of sewage works
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe again in grazing marsh viewed south from Well Road tho distant TG.395.031
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh +5.Yellow Wagtails Sedge Warbler
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hooded Crow Cley flew south over Glaven Valley at 9.07am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Grimston Warren
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still in main drain early evng