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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 2nd May 2020

Seawatching this morning produced 11 Brent Geese east, 2 Fulmars west, an adult Gannet, one Little Tern, 22 Sandwich Terns and 3 Auk sp flying east. The Cuckoo was calling on and off during the day, and an adult Med Gull was of note, with 6 Swallows passing and 3 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroats, 8 Sedge Warblers, and a Reed Warbler recorded.

The moth traps were a little busier but no new species today; 4 Northern Drabs, a Pine Beauty, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, 5 Muslins, a Powdered Quaker and a Chocolate Tip were caught.

Butterflies included 2 Small Coppers, 2 Green Hairstreaks, a Wall, 4 Peacocks, 4 Orange Tips and 3 Green-veined Whites.

The Yellow Flag is beginning to come out around the pond, and the newts are still to be seen.

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Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels west of Aylmerton this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Heacham flew north over Lamsey Lane at 2.10pm
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Sheringham flew west over Beeston Bump at 8.55am