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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 23rd July 2020

A one and a half hour seawatch today produced 10 Teal passing west, 73 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 23 Gannets, 6 Turnstones, 5 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 3 Little Terns, 86 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns. Five Med Gulls were in Thornham Harbour, and 15 Sand Martins passed west along the dunes, with a juvenile Wheatear along the east bank and single Grey and Yellow Wagtails passing overhead. A Whimbrel flew over calling and 100+ Curlew and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were also recorded. The suspicious Bar-headed Goose was still with the Greylag flock.

There were plenty of moths with 13 Common Footmen, 11 Scarce Footmen, 4 Least Carpet, a Shaded Broad-bar, Small Emerald, 17 Rustic, 6 Ruby Tiger, Single Dotted Wave, Smoky Wainscot, Sharp-angled Peacock, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Yellow Tails, 1 Small Scallop, Oak Eggar, 2 Pine Hawk, 1 Poplar Hawk, 2 Kent Black Arches, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, a Garden Tiger, a Rosy Rustic, a Tree Lichen Beauty (which flew straight out of the trap!), a Bright-line Brown-eye, 2 Archer's Darts, 2 Southern Wainscots, 6 Uncertains, 3 Dark Arches, a Sand Dart, a Lyme Grass, a Latticed Heath, a Small Elephant Hawk, 2 Shore Wainscots, a Haworth's Pug, a Fen Wainscot, a Buff Ermine, 2 Common Rustic, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, a Riband Wave, a Drinker, and during the day a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the Viper's Bugloss.

Butterflies included Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, a Ringlet, 2 Brown Argus, Peacock, Red Admiral and Large White.

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Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Snettisham RSPB still this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew NW over Runham at 12.45pm
Norfolk 6.Garganey (ad.fem +5.young) still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew west over Winterton-on-Sea at 11.25am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew north over Hickling Broad late morning
Norfolk no sign of reported male.Little Crake SE of Irstead by River Ant just south of Irstead Staithe last night 10.30pm-1.30am TG.368.203
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Roseate Terns (both ads) Eccles-on-Sea on beach
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT