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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 29th June 2020

Another unseasonal and blustery day with many birds keeping their heads down! A Common Sandpiper was on the edge of the Broadwater, and 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers were counted, while a juvenile Stonechat was near the Observatory, and 3 Crossbills flew west over the village at 8.45am.

A female Common Darter managing to settle in the strong winds.

Moths were down on previous days but even so 2 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, 2 Sand Darts, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, a Yellow Tail, Shore Wainscot, Uncertain, Bright-line Brown-eye, 3 Mottled Rustics, a Nutmeg, Buff Ermine, Clay and Common Rustic were in the traps.

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Norfolk 6,551.Swifts flew south over California 4.25-7.25am
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk no further sign of Alpine Swift Winterton by mid morning
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT still Winterton over The Holway at 5.49am