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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 31st July 2020

On the sea today 10 Gannets, one Little Tern, one Black Tern, an adult Arctic Tern, 156 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were counted. Waders included a Green Sandpiper at Gore Point, 2 Whimbrel over calling and 15 Black-tailed Godwits. A Juvenile Cuckoo was in the dunes.

With very high temperatures it was a good day for insects with male Emperor Dragonfly on the wing and butterflies included Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Red Admiral and Wall Brown.

In the moth traps a Dark Crimson Underwing was a special addition to the Observatory list and other moths were 5 Drinkers, 6 Garden Tigers, 4 Ruby Tigers, 4 Scarce Footman, 3 Common Footman, 6 Straw Underwing, 11 Rustic, 4 Cloaked Minor, a White-point, Brown-line Bright-eye, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Flounced Rustic, Small Waved Umber, Silver Y, 2 Yellow Tails, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Prominent, Common Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, Kent Black Arches, Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, White-line Dart and Least Carpet.

Dark Crimson Underwing

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Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Blickling Hall Lake
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk 3.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Honey Buzzard fem Sutton flew east over Moor Road at midday
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool