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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 12th July 2020

A rather uneventful day bird-wise unfortunately, with several small flocks of Black-tailed Godwit, 15 and seven the highlight.
Butterfly wise, a Painted Lady albeit a worn example, was a nice find near the Dell Hide.
The Moth trap produced 36 species, which included Brown-line Bright-eye, two Rosy Footman, two Peppered Moths, three Small Emerald and single Clouded Border, Round-winged Muslin and Garden Tiger.

Peppered Moths, two forms, the darker 'insularia' the more unusual.

Garden Tiger

Brown-line Bright-eye.
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Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) flew east past Cley
Norfolk 37.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey +just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Wood Sand. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser Yellowlegs just E.of Wells at North Point Pools W.of track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance from N.side (but 4.Spoonbills). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431