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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 16th July 2020

Two Great White Egrets were seen over the grazing marshes mid morning, and a Crossbill was calling in the pines early afternoon. Two Sandwich Terns flew along the Broadwater and 6+ Whimbrel, 10 Curlew and 9 Black-tailed Godwits were also counted over the marsh. Unsettled weather also produced a count of 30+ Swifts over the dunes.

In the moth traps 5 Garden Tigers, a Least Carpet, 13 Common Footmen, a Common Carpet, Single Dotted Wave, 6 Scarce Footman, 1 Peppered Moth, 2 Buff Ermine, 1 Small Emerald, 2 Kent Black Arches, a Striped Wainscot, Silver Y, 2 Rustic, 4 Uncertain, 3 Dark Arches, a Common Pug, 3 Dark Arches, 2 Cinnabars, a Latticed Heath, 3 Early Thorns, a Yellow Tail, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Brown-line Bright Eyes, a Brown Tail, 2 Oak Eggars, 2 Pine Hawks, 2 Ruby Tigers, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, a Smoky Wainscot, an Archer's Dart, a Clay, 2 Common Rustics, a Sand Dart, a Lyme Grass and a Lesser Cream Wave were caught.

Below: Least Carpet



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