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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 6th July 2020

A mixed day of sunshine and showers, with a strong breeze easing during the day. A Common Tern flew along the edge of the Broadwater carrying a fish, and a Whimbrel flew over calling early afternoon. A total of 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers were counted around the recording area and at least 4 Stonechats were of note, with a family of Pied Wagtails sitting on the NOA truck and 2 Bullfinches at the east end of the village.

The first Gatekeepers were out today, with 2 recorded at the Obs and 5 Ringlets, 12 Meadow Browns, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Small Whites, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Comma and 2 Small Skipper sp.

In the moth traps 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, a Common Rustic, a Flame Shoulder, a Buff Tip, 3 Common Footmen, a Silver Y, 2 Pebble Prominents, 5 Large Yellow Underwings, a Clay, a Heart & Club, 4 Uncertains, 2 Dark Arches and a Heart & Dart were caught.

A beautifully stripey Woodpigeon was about on the reserve today, and below that a beautifully stripey Archer's Dart moth!

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Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 12.50pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant +elusive (+Spoonbill. 14.Crossbills briefly in bushes by road then flew west)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk BLACK KITE Hopton-on-Sea flew south past cliffs at c12.10pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich at Castle Meadow Gardens late morning
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 11.30am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant
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 c11.45am +4.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT still 6.45am then drifted east
Norfolk Hoopoe y'day Weybourne in garden early morning only [trailcam images]
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (1.ad) Salthouse east of Beach Road at 8.50am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant