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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 28th June 2020

A blustery day with squally showers. A morning seawatch produced 2 Fulmars west, 6 Gannets with 2 close inshore, 3 Little Terns east and 125 Sandwich Terns recorded. A summer plumage Golden Plover was on the grazing marsh south of the river Hun, 3 Sand Martins flew over the dunes, and a male Cetti's Warbler was singing near the west end of the reserve.

A few butterflies were struggling in the high winds with a Small Heath, 10 Meadow Browns, 4 Red Admirals and 6 Large Whites were counted. In the moth traps a Pine Hawk, 6 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Heart & Clubs, 2 Shore Wainscots, 3 Flames, 5 Sand Darts, a Bordered White, a Rustic, and Uncertain, 6 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, a Small Dusty Wave, 3 Striped Wainscots, 5 Lyme Grass, 2 Elephant Hawks, a Spectacle, 3 Buff Ermines, 9 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Heart & Darts, a Riband Wave, a Yellow Tail, a Swallowtail, a Peppered Moth, a Barred Straw, 2 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Grey Dagger agg, 2 Common Rustics, 2 Silver Ys, a Clay and a Marbled Minor sp.

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