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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 13th June 2020

On the sea today 3 Fulmars, an adult Gannet and 203 Sandwich Terns were the highlights, while around the Broadwater 6 Spoonbills were still present. A Sand Martin flew east through the dunes and 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge and 5 Reed Warblers were counted. A female Black Redstart was on the east bank briefly and a male Stonechat was also there chasing her away!

Two Red Admirals and two Small Heaths were counted during the day, with a pair of Azure Damselflies seen in the morning. A Drinker moth caterpillar was rescued off the road in the village.


In the moth traps 5 Cinnabars, 13 Bordered Whites, an Angle Shades, 13 Diamond-backs, a Flame, a Fern, Short-cloaked Moth, 2 Marbled Minor sp, a Striped Wainscot, White Point, Sand Dart, Silver Y, Heart & Dart, 3 Mottled Rustics, Brown Rustic, Uncertain, Common Swift, Privet Hawk, Swallow Prominent, White Ermine, Poplar Hawk, Iron Prominent, Light Emerald, Heart & Club, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Large Yellow Underwing and Elephant Hawk Moth were all caught.

Privet Hawk Moth

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Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still early a'noon 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh. Restricted viewing from path
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 2.36pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 3pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk Corncrake male singing Welney WWT still at Summer Walk +Garganey Great White Egret
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still early a'noon 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 +showing on +off TG.268.083
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes late morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still c11.15am 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 TG.268.083
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still late morning 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh +showing on +off. Restricted viewing from path
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Hickling Broad NWT +5.Spoonbills 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 5.Garganey (3.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +4.Spoonbills. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195