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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 10th August 2020

A hot and sunny day with a brisk easterly breeze, seawatching between 9am and 10am produced 7 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, 61 Gannets, a Balearic Shearwater east close in, 1 Little Tern, 80 Sandwich Terns and 10 Common Terns. Waders included 85 Curlew, 49 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Common Sandpipers. Passerines included 4 Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat (ringed), 6 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge and 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers were also ringed (first year male and first year female), 4 Stonechats were on the east bank, and 6 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Emperor, Southern Hawker and Migrant Hawker dragonfly were seen around the reserve with Common Darter also noted. Butterflies included 4 Common Blues, 3 Small Coppers and a Small Heath.

In the moth traps a Red Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Garden Tigers, Common Carpet, 2 Yellow-tails, 11 Dingy Footmen, 7 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 2 Single Dotted Waves, 10 Archer's Darts, 13 Cloaked Minors, a Dark Arches, Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 Tree-lichen Beauties, a Dusky Sallow, 4 Scarce Footmen, a Nutmeg, 10 Straw Underwings, 2 Common Footmen, 2 Flame Shoulders, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 White-line Darts, 12 Flounced Rustics, a Drinker, 2 Angle-barred Pugs, a Rosy Wave, Breckland Plume, Beautiful Plume, 2 Ruby Tigers, a Spectacle, White-point, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Pine Hawk, 2 Turnips, a Clay and a Rustic were recorded.

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Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Thornham Point
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