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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 1st May 2020

An improving day, with some warm sunny spells. A rather quiet day but a Cuckoo was calling in the village, and 6 Whimbrel and 8 Black-tailed Godwits were at the back of the marsh, while a mixed group of Swifts and hirundines was still to be found at the east end of the village, with one of the mystery Black Swans there also. Five Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers were counted and a Wheatear was south of the river Hun.

Butterflies were seen in the afternoon with single Peacock and Green Hairstreak, and at least 2 Green-veined Whites.

After a cold damp night there were very few moths, with just singles of Shuttle-shaped Dart, White Ermine and Northern Drab in the traps. However during the day a colony of Green Long-horn moths were dancing around near the Dell Hide. This attractive species with its iridescent black wings and incredibly long antennae can easily be overlooked but is well worth closer examination.

Green Long-horn Moths



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