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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 4th July 2020

A grey and windy day with light rain on and off, the highlights today were a Great White Egret over the grazing marsh mid morning, a Spoonbill on the Broadwater, 8 Black-tailed Godwits flying east, a Greenshank flying over calling, an adult Med Gull over the dunes, and 2 Stonechats along the east bank.

A Southern Hawker was flying in the shelter of the pines, and Small Heath, a Small Skipper sp, Red Admiral, Ringlet and Meadow Brown were around the reserve. In the moth traps a meagre offering included an Elephant Hawk Moth, 2 Cinnabars, a Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Common Footmen, a Smoky Wainscot, a Scarce Footman, a Rustic and a Nutmeg.

Elephant Hawk Moth

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Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon +5.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes early a'noon +Great White Egret still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 35.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.15pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall +2.Great White Egrets 6.Spoonbills
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT at 9.17am
Norfolk 3+Cattle Egrets (2+juvs) recently Holkham NNR