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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 18th June 2020

A relentlessly wet day with a strong southerly breeze, there was not a lot to report today but a Spoonbill was on the Broadwater and a Cuckoo was flying west over the reserve mid morning. Otherwise things were dominated by the noisy nearby colony of Black-headed Gulls!

Moths were fairly numerous with a Silver Y, 8 Cinnabars, 5 Bordered Whites, an Uncertain, 3 Barred Straw, 2 Common Swifts, a Dwarf Cream Wave, Brown Rustic, Flame, Grey Dagger ag., 2 Diamond-backs, a Dark Arches, Sharp-angled Peacock, Marbled Minor ag., Fern, 2 Sand Dart, 2 Common Footman, a Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Heart & Dart, Small Elephant Hawk, Treble Brown-Spot, Willow Beauty, and a Grey Pine Carpet.

Below: Grey Pine Carpet and Grey Dagger/Dark Dagger ag.

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