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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd May 2020

A rough south-west wind kept many birds hunkered down, though sunshine dominated in the afternoon. A group of 11 Brent Geese flew east towards Thornham mid-morning and 2 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns flew west along the Broadwater. There was a marked passage of Swifts west during the day, with many seen over the pines and grazing marshes. Four Swallows and a House Martin were also noted around the village with Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroats, 7 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers also seen.

Moths were the highlight of the day with 35 species recorded. There were singles of Poplar, Eyed and Privet Hawk, 6 Small Elephant Hawks, a male Fox Moth, Scalloped Hazel, a Flame Wainscot, 5 Sand Darts, an Iron Prominent, one White Colon, a Buff Tip, Grey Pine Carpet, Dark Brocade, 2 Brown Rustics and a Spectacle among the catch.

Below: Privet Hawk Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Fox Moth, Flame Wainscot

Butterflies were scarce in the strong winds but 8+ Brown Argus were counted and a Common Blue was of note as well. A Four-spotted Chaser was on the pond.

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Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk RED-THROATED PIPIT West Runton briefly c6.30am then flew west