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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 2nd July 2020

A cool and breezy day with light showers in the afternoon. A group of 7 Black-tailed Godwits flew east over the Obs and 3 Stonechats, a male and 2 juveniles, were seen around the reserves. A Treecreeper was at the west end of the pines mid morning.

In the moth traps 3 Cinnabars, 2 Buff Ermines, 20 Garden Grass Veneers, 3 Swallowtails, 2 Haworth's Pugs, a Privet Hawk Moth, a Heart & Dart, a Bordered White, 3 Common Footman, 2 Uncertain, 3 Flame, 2 Rustic, a Dark Arches, 2 Kent Black Arches, a Beautiful Hook-tip, a Ruby Tiger, a Brown Tail, 2 Small Magpies, 2 Lyme Grass, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Common Emeralds, 2 Pine Hawks, a Peppered Moth, a Sand Dart, 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, 2 Fen Wainscots, a Smoky Wainscot and a Mottled Rustic were caught.

Below; Fen Wainscot, Ruby Tiger and Small Magpie

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