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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 30th May 2020

Yet another sunny day but with a brisk east-north-east breeze. A single Spoonbill was asleep south of Broadwater Road early morning and a Whimbrel came up off the grazing marsh. A Med Gull flew over calling and 2 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Whitethroats were around the reserve.

In the moth traps it was relatively quiet but 20 Cinnabar, White Ermine, Vine's Rustic, 6 Treble Lines, 3 Mottled Rustics, 2 Sand Darts, 3 Small Elephant Hawks, a Yellow Belle, Angle Shades, Brown Rustic, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Heart & Dart were caught.

Butterflies were similarly sparse with the cold winds, but 2 Green Hairstreaks, 4 Small Heaths and a Red Admiral were recorded today.

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Norfolk repeat: SQUACCO HERON ad 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall at SE end of lake at 2.41pm. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ad 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall at SE end of lake at 2.41pm. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON ad.fem Hickling Broad NWT still 1.29pm over reedbed near Bittern Hide
Norfolk Purple Heron Hickling Broad NWT flew west over Rush Hill Scrape viewed from Weavers' Way at 11.35am
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still flew over visitor centre at 11.10am (+released White Stork (blue-ringed) still)
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) Hickling Broad flew NNW over Rush Hill Scrape at 10.40am
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) Filby flew over road at 9.59am