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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 13th July 2020

Our first day of opening since the lockdown - it was great to welcome back our first visitors in three months!

A Great White Egret and 2 Spoonbills were seen during the day, with a Red Kite drifting over east of Holme Church and 8 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff on the flooded area near Thornham Harbour. On the sea 17 Common Scoters, 2 Little Terns and 128 Sandwich Terns were passing, with 2 Med Gulls also noted. An adult Cuckoo flew east mid-morning and during the afternoon a Yellow Wagtail flew over the pines calling.

A Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small and Large White and Comma butterflies were recorded. In the moth traps 2 Scarce Footmen, 9 Common Footmen, a Haworth's Pug, a Cinnabar, Smoky Wainscot, Swallowtail, 2 Uncertains, a Diamond-back, Cloaked Minor, Pine Hawk Moth, Kent Black Arches, Dark Arches, Brown-line Bright Eye and a Garden Tiger were recorded.

A stray Beewolf was found trying to escape the Obs building (below)!

Cloaked Minor

Garden Tiger

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Norfolk 35.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey again just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.20pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still +Turtle Dove
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide at 2pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Caspian Gull Cromer on beach at 11.12am
Norfolk 34.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water from South Wall early morning
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn