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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 21st June 2020

A wet and windy start with sunny spells developing later on. Highlights today included a passage of 650 Starlings west, 60+ Swifts and a drake Wigeon still around the Broadwater. Two Sandwich Terns and a Little Tern passed offshore with 3 Med Gulls also noted, a Turtle Dove was heard near the paddocks, a Barn Owl was hunting at the east end of the village, and in the dunes a male Lesser Whitethroat was still singing and 4+ Stonechats were noted.

Butterflies emerged during the day with 2 Painted Ladies, 6 Meadow Browns and 2 Red Admirals counted. A female Black-tailed Skimmer was near the bus-stop hide and in the moth traps 3 Cinnabars, 1 Buff Ermine, Eyed, Privet and Pine Hawk Moths, 3 Middle-barred Minors, a Silver Y, a Sand Dart, Buff Tip, Barred Straw, Bordered White, 4 Common Swifts, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, Clay, Mottled Beauty, Brown Rustic, Mottled Rustic and Spectacle were in the moth traps.

Eyed Hawk Moth:

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park mid a'noon
Norfolk 7+Little Gulls Cley off beach car park
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 4.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB on pits late morning
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Cley NWT
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls Cley NWT +Spoonbill Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at east end