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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 11th June 2020

A warm but damp day with rain starting in the afternoon. At least 5 Spoonbills were still around the Broadwater, flying off west in the afternoon. A Red Kite drifted over the village and 15 Golden Plover were seen over the grazing marsh. Three Common Terns were also seen over the Broadwater and a large mixed group of 40 Swifts, 20 House Martins and 2+ Swallows were feeding near the Firs while a Cetti's Warbler was calling near the west end of the reserve.

Moths included 4 Bordered Whites, a Sharp-angled Peacock, 4 Cinnabars, an Uncertain, a Silver Y, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Common Swift, a Pine Hawk Moth, Heart & Dart, Straw Dot, Mottled Rustic, Vine's Rustic, Heart & Club and Dog's Tooth (pictured).


Emperor Caterpillars are getting huge!


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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 2.31pm in Sprowston in back garden of 6.Linacre Avenue
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 1.40pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Spoonbill Warham Greens on saltings at Warham Pit
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance mid morning then flew east. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill flew east past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 11.46am in Sprowston behind 6.Linacre Avenue
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.31am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Blakeney Harbour still
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 9.17am in Sprowston in garden of 17.Blithemeadow Drive NR7 8PX
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 7.40am in Sprowston at Linacre Avenue in gardens towards Blithemeadow Drive viewed from behind car park of old shop
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills y'day 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.436.195
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling just NE of Norwich still in Sprowston at Linacre Avenue flew over old shop at 6.10am