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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 6th May 2020

With the wind dropping for the early part of the day there was seemingly more bird activity with at least three active and vocal Cuckoos plus 15 singing Whitethroats and 4 Lesser Whitethroats. A Red Kite in heavy wing moult drifted across the marsh mid morning and around 90 Brent Geese were still present in Thornham Harbour.
The moth trap contained seven species, a small rise on yesterday, and a similar number of butterfly species were recorded which included Small Heath, Small Copper and Brown Argus.

The colour ringed Stonechat from Dersingham Bog is still present on site

Brown Argus

Female Orange-tip, smart even without 'Orange tips'

Small Copper


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