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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 18th May 2020

A breezy but warm day, with a Red Kite drifting low over the Observatory mid morning, 2 Cuckoos, 6 Swifts, 25 Swallows, 10 House Martins and 3 Yellow Wagtails passing overhead. Offshore 10 Sandwich Terns were fishing and around the recording area 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 1 Reed Warbler were singing. A Bullfinch was in Holme village.

Moths were numerous today with 29 species in the traps. Highlights were 10 Small Elephant Hawks, 2 Eyed Hawks, a Poplar Hawk, 9 Cinnabar, 2 Buff Tips, 5 Muslin, a Coxcomb Prominent, 2 Dark Sword-grass, a Knot Grass, Pebble Prominent and a tardy Hebrew Character.

Top to bottom: Poplar Hawk Moth, Pebble Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Dark Sword-grass

Butterflies included Brimstone, 7 Brown Argus, 2 Small Heath, Peacock, Small White, 2 Common Blues and 5 Wall Browns.

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