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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 20th June 2020

A day of sunny spells and an moderate southerly breeze. A drake Wigeon was still around the Broadwater and at least 26 Lapwings were on the grazing marshes. Two Med Gulls flew overhead and a Cuckoo was calling near Thornham Harbour. Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 4 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers were singing.

Moths were rather lacklustre today with a Silver Y, Common Footman, Riband Wave, Small Dusty Wave, Marbled Minor agg, 2 Mottled Rustics, 4 Barred Straws, a Common Swift, Smoky Wainscot, Common Emerald, 4 Cinnabar, White Ermine, Flame, Heart & Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Brimstone, Sand Dart and Bordered White caught in the traps.

A few more butterflies today with a Painted Lady, 4 Small Heath, 5 Meadow Brown and 2 Red Admiral seen. At least 4 Large Red Damselflies were around the pond.

Emperor caterpillars have been eating themselves silly and most have begun to spin their cocoons. A last photo is below before they disappear for the next 9 months!

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Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad till 1pm then flew towards Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad at 12.56pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.RED-FOOTED FALCONS (ad.fem +1s.fem) Wells flew inland 11.55am-12.03pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance early morning. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Stone Curlew Winterton Dunes then flew north
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 at 5am +showing tho distant