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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 25th May 2020

A beautiful bank holiday with light winds and sunshine throughout. Two Cuckoos were calling during the morning and 4 Cetti's Warblers were counted along the river Hun and Broadwater. Swifts were less numerous today but a Sand Martin, 6 Swallows and 10 House Martins were counted, with 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 11 Whitethroats, 13 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers also seen. A Whimbrel flew over calling.

A healthy catch of moths today included 23 Cinnabars, 5 Small Elephant Hawks, a Chinese Character, Knot Grass, 2 Bordered Whites, 3 Green Carpets, a Willow Beauty, Small Magpie, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 1 Brown Rustic, 2 Fern, 6 Common Wainscot, a Flame Shoulder, 11 White Ermine, 4 Mottled Rustic, a Breckland Plume, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Swallow Prominent, 6 Treble Lines, 3 Yellow Belles, a Pebble Prominent, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, a female Fox Moth, Pine and Privet Hawk Moths, Lyme Grass, Sand Dart and 2 Large Yellow Underwings.

Below: female Fox Moth, Pine Hawk and Fern moth

Hairy Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red and Azure Damselflies were around the pond today, and 2 Small Heath, 6 Brown Argus and 2 Green Hairstreaks were noted.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Narborough Railway Cutting NWT late morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad flew NE over Mulbarton at 3.05pm
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Downham Market flew east over 2.Ryston End at 2.30pm
Norfolk 5.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park this morning +Spoonbill
Norfolk Osprey Cley NWT early a'noon then flew south along River Glaven