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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 24th May 2020

Lighter winds today brought more birds and insects out into view. A Spoonbill was asleep on one leg near the Broadwater Hide, and a summer plumage Golden Plover was on the grazing marsh with 4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel also noted. Over 100 Swifts were counted moving through with 15 Swallows and 20 House Martins also heading west, and a Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers and 5 Whitethroats also seen. A Black Swan was at the back of the marsh.

Moths were a little more numerous today too, with 2 Cinnabars, 4 Small Elephant Hawks, a Pebble Prominent, one Muslin, 3 White Ermine, 2 Heart & Dart, a Light Brocade, Brown Rustic, 2 Turnip Moths, a Sand Dart, one Mottled Rustic, Common Wainscot, 2 Flame Shoulder, Single Square Spot Miller and Northern Drab in the traps.

Around the pond a Hairy Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, 8 Large Red Damselflies, 2 Blue-tailed and 2 Azure Damselflies were counted, and butterflies included Brown Argus, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown.

Below: Light Brocade, Miller and Azure Damselfly

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