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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 31st May 2020

Another lovely sunny day with a brisk east-north-east wind. On the sea today 5 Eider flew close inshore, 2 adult Gannets, 12 Little Terns, 63 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns were counted. At least 2 Cuckoos were calling, and a movement of 30+ Sand Martins east was noted during the afternoon. Also seen were 6 Swallows, 13 House Martins, 2+ Cetti's Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats and a Bullfinch.

In the moth traps 18 Cinnabars, a Willow Beauty, 2 Sand Darts, a Freyer's Pug, Green Carpet, Small Waved Umber, Smoky Wainscot, White Point, Vine's Rustic, Mottled Rustic, Heart & Dart, Brown Rustic, Flame Shoulder and a Treble Lines were caught.

Below: Willow Beauty and White Point

Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood. Azure and Large Red Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Hairy Hawker and 2 Black-tailed Skimmers were also seen during the day.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse Heath early a'noon
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) Horsey in flight SW of Horsey Mill at 2.05pm
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ad still 12.32pm 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall flew north along Bayfield Lake. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ad still 11.30am 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall midway along lake opposite chapel +showing well. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk possible Bonaparte's Gull 1s Buckenham Marshes RSPB then flew over River Yare
Norfolk Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT still from path to Stubb Mill
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON ad.fem Hickling Broad NWT still 7.30am
Norfolk Hoopoe West Runton flew SE over paddocks at Water Lane at 6.30am
Norfolk Quail male singing south of Bawburgh in field at 2am
Norfolk Hoopoe Sheringham flew SW over west end of golf course towards Weybourne at 7am