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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 7th May 2020

A beautiful sunny day with a light east breeze. A Common Sandpiper was on the edge of Broadwater and 12 Black-tailed Godwits flew out across the grazing marsh. Two Cuckoos were calling during the day, and two Hobbies were hawking over the marshes late morning. A Garden Warbler was singing on the reserve and a male Stonechat was just south of the Broadwater. A White Wagtail was running around on the east bank briefly around midday.

Moths were scarce with a Garden Pebble, 2 Muslins, 2 Northern Drabs, a Pine Beauty, and a White Ermine caught in the traps, but a plague of tiny Emperor caterpillars ensued when eggs laid by one of the adult moths which emerged over Easter finally hatched!

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Norfolk 2.BEE-EATERS flew north west over Stiffkey
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Cley NWT this morning +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Turtle Dove Heacham South Beach still by green shed
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes (+Spoonbill)
Norfolk Temminck's Stint flew over Cley NWT at c9am