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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 23rd May 2020

A windy day with variable cloud and a couple of much-needed showers! It was rather quiet today with 6 Common Terns and 20 Bar-tailed Godwits noted on the beach but very little moving offshore. Swifts were active over the grazing marshes again and a newly fledged family of Coal Tits was in the pines, with few warblers singing but Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler heard occasionally.

Insects were naturally fewer too in the strong winds, but in the traps a Buff Ermine, a Cinnabar, Small Elephant Hawk, Small Waved Umber, Muslin, Treble Lines, Fox Moth, Mottled Rustic, Smoky Wainscot, Swallow Prominent, White Colon and Silver Y were caught.

A Painted Lady was a true surprise near the west end of the reserve mid morning and a Wall Brown was also swept about, while a Four-spotted Chaser was around the pond again.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes over Bintree at c9.45am