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Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 23rd June 2020

A beautiful sunny day with temperatures rising to 26 degrees. There was little new to report in the balmy conditions, with a Spoonbill still near the Broadwater, two Med Gulls around the dunes, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling early morning and a Cuckoo still calling on the Golf Course.

A Painted Lady was near the Observatory on the Viper's Bugloss, with 3 Small Heaths along the bank and 2 Azure Damelflies, 3 Blue-tailed Damselflies and 4 Large Red Damselflies around the pond.

The moth trap was rather quiet today with 2 Cinnabar, 2 Swallowtails, 4 Sand Darts, 2 Silver Ys, a Barred Yellow, 4 Middle-barred Minor, a White Ermine, Dwarf Cream Wave, Diamond-back, Spectacle, Common Wainscot, Small Blood-vein, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Mottled Rustic, Buff Tip, and Setaceous Hebrew Character the best that the day had to offer.

A backlit Swallowtail, which was only prepared to be photographed on the window!

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Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 8.45am
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 7.59am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes in evng. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 23.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen 6.26am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey