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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 25th July 2020

A breezy start with rain and thunder developing later. On the sea 2 Common Scoter, 12 Gannets, 3 Little Terns, 61 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns were recorded, and 2 Great White Egrets were around the grazing marsh all day. A Whimbrel flew over and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from Redwell Marsh. The mysterious Bar-headed Goose was still with the Greylags on the Broadwater.

Moths were varied today with 12 Scarce Footmen, 5 Common Footmen, a Dingy Footman, 7 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Cloaked Minors, 3 Mother of Pearls, 36 Rustic, 5 Drinker, 7 Ruby Tigers, a Least Yellow Underwing, a Dusky Sallow, 4 Uncertains, 6 Garden Tigers, a Scalloped Oak, 4 Fen Wainscots, 4 Dark Arches, 2 Straw Underwings, an Archer's Dart, 4 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Riband Waves, 2 Brown Tails, a Yellow Tail, a Black Arches, Mouse Moth, 2 Shore Wainscots, Buff Ermine, 2 Pine Hawks, 2 Marbled Clovers, 2 Clays, a Latticed Heath, a Rosy Minor, Single Dotted Wave, 2 Southern Wainscots, 3 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Rosy Footmen, Poplar Hawk, Pale Prominent, White-line Dart, Kent Black Arches 2 Lesser Cream Wave, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Bright-line Brown-eye, a Spectacle a Campion, 2 Common Rustics and a Light Arches.

Below: Black Arches and Straw Underwing




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Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT
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Norfolk 2.Garganey just east of Wells still 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 TF.932.431
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