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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 26th June 2020

A very humid and warm day with rain mid morning, and warm winds in the afternoon. A drake Wigeon was near the Broadwater and 12 Black-tailed Godwits were on the grazing marsh. A Common Tern drifted over high west, and a Cetti's Warbler was calling near the Firs. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling briefly in the dunes and a male Yellowhammer was singing on the edge of the village.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the wing at the west end of the reserve, and in the moth traps 5 Cinnabar, 11 Common Footmen, 3 Riband Waves, 2 Bordered Whites, a Sharp-angled Peacock, 5 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Privet Hawk, a Flame, 2 Common Swifts, 3 Buff Ermine, a Kent Black Arches, 3 Haworth's Pugs, a Latticed Heath, Mottled Rustic, 4 Lyme Grass, 3 Pine Hawk, 6 Sand Darts, 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, 2 Dark Arches, 6 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Rustics, 3 Uncertains, 3 Shore Wainscots, 3 Diamond-backs, a Brown Rustic, a Beautiful Hook-tip, a Lime-speck Pug, Smoky Wainscot, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, an Obscure Wainscot, a Peach Blossom, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, the Clay, Barred Straw, Heart & Club, Double Square-spot, and Shaded Pug!

A Banded Demoiselle drifted up Kirkgate in the village and two Black-tailed Skimmers were noted.

The Obscure Wainscot was the moth of the day, even if it didn't look it...

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1s flew east past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Pat's Pool +Spoonbill flew west
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad till 11.35am Snettisham RSPB on mud opposite Rotary Hide then flew into The Wash (+Turtle Dove 4.Spotted Redshanks)
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad Snettisham RSPB on mud opposite Rotary Hide at 10.35am (+ad.Little Gull)
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still +Wood Sand 4.Spotted Redshanks Knot 2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (ad +1s) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape