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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 19th June 2020

A day of showers and strong winds, a surprising sighting of 35 Teal and a drake Wigeon near the Broadwater early in the afternoon, with 2 Med Gulls flying over calling and 10+ Swifts feeding near the Observatory. It was otherwise rather quiet, apart from the Black-headed Gulls!

An excellent night for moths with plenty of species. These included Willow Beauty, 6 Silver Ys, 5 Cinnabars, 27 Diamond-backs, Marbled Minor sp, Small Dusty Wave, Brown Rustic, 3 Lyme Grass, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Sand Darts, 4 Ferns, 2 Common Footman, 2 Barred Yellow, 2 Sharp-angled Peacock, a Water Veneer, Painted Neb, Bordered White, 2 Middle-barred Minor, Pine Hawk Moth, 2 Dwarf Cream Wave, 1 Small Elephant Hawk, a Peppered Moth, the Rustic, Marbled Brown, 3 Barred Straw, a Buff Tip, a Common Swift, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Privet Hawk, Flame, Dog's Tooth, Heart & Club, Beautiful Hook-tip, Poplar Hawk, Heart & Dart, and Marbled White-spot.

Below: Marbled White-spot, Beautiful Hook-tip and Barred Yellow

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Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape. Spoonbill flew west. Also 7.Little Gulls
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +2.Spoonbills +Great White Egret briefly. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh in a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3s Cley on beach +6.Little Gulls (2s +5.1s) 85.Med Gulls
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge