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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 28th May 2020

Another dry and sunny day with a cooling breeze. A Common Tern was flying over the Broadwater and 3 Sand Martins were feeding above the pines. A Red Kite drifted over west mobbed by Shelduck, and a summer plumage Golden Plover was still south of the River Hun. The Cuckoo was calling id morning from the back of Drove Orchard, and a young Stonechat was near the Observatory in the afternoon.

A female Black-tailed Skimmer was directed out of the Heligoland trap and around the pond 4 Large Red and 3 Azure Damselflies were counted. Butterflies included Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus and a single Green Hairstreak.

In the moth traps a White Point, 13 Cinnabar, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 6 Small Elephant Hawks, 2 Treble Lines, a Sand Dart, 3 White Ermines, 6 Mottled Rustics, a Heart and Dart, a Swallow Prominent, Angle Shades, Iron Prominent, Common Wainscot, 2 Brown Rustics and a Rosy Wave.

The Emperor Moth caterpillars continue to grow apace:

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Norfolk 15+Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT +1w.Spoonbill
Norfolk White Stork flew over Hickling Broad NWT at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Alderford Common
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Burnham Overy Marshes over pool east of track to dunes mid morning
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still west of Horsey Mere tho distant