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Holme Bord Observatory Friday 3rd July 2020

A very blustery day with light showers. A Tawny Owl flew across from the corner of Broadwater to the pines during the morning.

A Blue-tailed Damselfly and a Common Darter were on the wing in the afternoon, and in the moth traps 3 Cinnabars, 14 Common Footmen, 3 Buff Ermines, 2 Ferns, a Currant Pug, 2 Short-cloaked Moths, a Burnished Brass, a Middle-barred Minor, Riband Wave, Mottled Rustic, Striped Wainscot, Kent Black Arches, 3 Flames, Fen Wainscot, Pine Hawk, Peppered Moth, Common Emerald, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Flame Wainscot, 2 Uncertains, a Leopard Moth, a Rustic and a Turnip.

Below: Currant Pug, Flame Wainscot and Leopard Moth

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