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Holme Bird Observatory Friday 7th August 2020

A very hot and sunny day developing but some interesting sightings including 70 Golden Plover, 26 Whimbrel and 30 Black-tailed Godwits flying east over the grazing marsh, a Greenshank flying over calling, and a Grey Wagtail passing west.

Moths today included a Black Arches, Red-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 6 Scarce Footmen, a Marbled Clover, 3 Ruby Tigers, 9 Flounced Rustics, 15 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 2 Common Rustics, 6 Archer's Darts, a Vine's Rustic, 5 Straw Underwings, a Wormwood Pug, a Mother of Pearl, 5 White-line Darts, 3 Dingy Footmen, a Rosy Footman, 2 Yellow Tails, a Small Elephant Hawk, Knot Grass, Willow Beauty, 5 Silver Y, Least Carpet, Tree-lichen Beauty, Cream-bordered Green Pea, 3 Rosy Minors, a Rosy Wave, a Garden Tiger, and an Oak Processionary, one of a few to be caught in the area in recent days.



Above: Black Arches, Oak Processionary

Butterflies included Common Blue, Brown Argus, Comma, Wall Brown and Gatekeeper, and there were 3+ Migrant Hawkers feeding around the reserve, 2 Common Darters and an Azure Damselfly were also noted.

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Norfolk 7.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad at 2.10pm then flew towards Filby Broad. male Lesser Emperor dragonfly Ormesby Little Broad. 3.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Filby Broad
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad at 2.10pm then flew towards Filby Broad. male Lesser Emperor dragonfly Ormesby Little Broad. 3.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Filby Broad
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad at 2.10pm then flew towards Filby Broad. male Lesser Emperor dragonfly Ormesby Little Broad. 3.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Filby Broad
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +14.Common Cranes still
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Snettisham RSPB at 8am at high tide +Spoonbill 10+Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 5+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Tree Pipit Gramborough Hill on Bump at 10.38am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1s Kelling on beach at 9.35am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Hickling flew SE over Heigham Sound at 8.18am
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) ad Ringstead still on SW side on roof at Glebe Farm at 5.57am