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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 14th May 2020

A pleasant sunny day with light winds. A group of 30 Brent Geese flew east into Thornham Harbour, and a Spoonbill was asleep on the edge of the Broadwater mid morning. At least 3 Whimbrel and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were on grazing marsh, and at least 3 Common Terns were around the Broadwater. Two Tawny Owls were calling in the pines and colour-ringed Stonechat 'Nigel' was around the east bank.

Moths were rather scant today but a superb Buff Tip was on the side of the ringing shed, and a Small Waved Umber, Green Carpet, Northern Drab and 3 White Ermines were recorded. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Red Admiral, Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip and Wall Brown. Two Large Red Damselflies and a Four-spotted Chaser were around the pond.

Buff Tip Moth

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