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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 16th May 2020

A greyer and cooler day, there was a clear movement of 25 Swifts, 25 Swallows and 10 House Martins around Holme with many feeding out over the grazing marsh. A Little Tern was fishing over the Broadwater and 2 Red Kites were drifting over south of the A149. A Golden Plover was on the grazing marsh and an adult Med Gull, Cuckoo, Barn Owl and single Yellow Wagtail were also noted today.

There were 22 species of moths in the traps today, including 3 Cinnabars, 3 Green Carpets, a Small Waved Umber, Small Elephant Hawk, Garden Carpet, a Peppered Moth, 3 White Ermines, 2 Treble Lines, 2 Vine's Rustic, an Ochreous Pug and 2 Angle-barred Pugs.

Butterflies were less numerous today but still included 3 Brown Argus, 4 Green Hairstreak and 2 Small Heath.

Below: Ochreous Pug


Peppered Moth



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Norfolk Red-necked Phal fem still Cley NWT tho mobile
Norfolk 3.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 2.45pm (+Spoonbill Wood Sand). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Cromer this morning
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Weybourne Camp 6.20-9.50am
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew west over West Runton at c5.35am
Norfolk Temminck's Stint still 12.15pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance (+Wood Sand still). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at midday +2.Spoonbills still +Lesser White-fronted Goose. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Honey Buzzard fem Sidestrand then flew west over Northrepps
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Temminck's Stint still just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance (+1+Wood Sand still). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves y'day Kelling Heath
Norfolk White Stork y'day flew over Claxton Marsh