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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 8th May 2020

A warm day with hazy sunshine and a light easterly breeze. There were fewer migrants around today, but 2+ Cuckoos were still active, one giving a super view calling from the tops of the pines in the morning. On the grazing marsh 45 Black-tailed Godwits and 3+ Golden Plover were of note, the Common Sandpiper was still on the edge of the Broadwater, 10 Whimbrel were counted and at least 5 Common Terns were also of note. A Willow Warbler was singing on the reserve and a Yellow Wagtail flew over calling. Two Spoonbills were reported at Thornham.

In the moth traps a Sharp-angled Peacock was new for the year, and 5 Cinnabars, 2 Muslins, a White Ermine, Small Elephant Hawk, Northern Drab, Angle Shades, Small Waved Umber, Lgith Brown Apple Moth and Black-faced Conch were recorded.

Sharp-angled Peacock

It was a good day for butterflies with 2 Brown Argus, 3 Small Copper, a Small Heath, 3 Wall Brown, 4 Peacock, 10 Green Hairstreak, 5 Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White and a Holly Blue. A male Broad-bodied Chaser was at the pond near the Obs, and posed for photo as below.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still at Keeper's Marsh
Norfolk 2.Tree Pipits Kelling Hard briefly then flew west +Spotted Fly
Norfolk Turnstone Buckenham Marshes RSPB still this morning +5.Garganey (4.drks)
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 2.14pm +showing well
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Thornham
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Briston again 12.35pm high over village
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Briston till 12.30pm then flew SW over Graymere Beck +lost to view
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Point at 12.26pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Briston circling high over centre of village at 12.24pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse on pools behind duck pond late morning
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew west over Gloucester Street at 11.55am
Norfolk possible Black Kite just west of Norwich at Earlham flew high east over Earlham Cemetery at 11.40am
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male still 11.10am West Runton at Water Lane in last field on east side with cattle
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still (+3.Spoonbills)
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at c8.55am
Norfolk BLACK KITE NW of Gresham flew SW over East Beckham at 9.05am
Norfolk 2.Turnstones y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk BLACK KITE West Runton circling viewed SE from Incleborough Hill at 8.52am
Norfolk BLACK KITE flew NW over Felmingham at 8.19am
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at dusk +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail West Runton in fields on right by track