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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 17th June 2020

Spoonbills, an adult and two juveniles, were again on the Broadwater today and the Starling flock increased to around 500 birds, though numerous searches through them during the day revealed nothing different in amongst them! A  Water Vole was  a nice surprise, watched for several minutes along the River Hun early morning.

More interesting moths in the traps included a Coxcomb Prominent, Barred Straw, Privet Hawkmoth and a rather smart Puss moth.

Puss Moth

Water Vole

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Norfolk 6.Spoonbills 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 7.Spoonbills Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh this morning
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 9.10am 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge +showing well TG.268.083
Norfolk Black Redstart male y'day Norwich at All Saints Green at Heart Foundation shop at 4pm tho mobile
Norfolk no sign of Marsh Warbler 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh in reeds viewed from midway along track
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge at 6.24am +showing well TG.268.083