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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 8th August 2020

Seawatching today produced 12 Teal, 380 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 110 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 19 Little Terns, 125 Sandwich Terns, 25 Common Terns, and an adult Kittiwake. Waders included 4 Avocets, 2 Whimbrel, 20+ Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common and a Green Sandpiper. A Cetti's Warbler was along the east bank.

A total of 105 species of moths were trapped overnight, including a Treble Bar, Narrow-winged Pug, 3 Angle-barred Pugs, a Coxcomb Prominent, Small Rivulet, Shore Wainscot, 2 Least Carpets, 7 Silver Ys, 3 Willow Beauties, 12 Archer's Darts, 6 Garden Tigers, 5 Yellow-tails, 2 Latticed Heaths, 21 Cloaked Minors, 2 Mother of Pearl, 3 Rosy Footman, 2 Dusky Sallow, a Tawny-barred Angle, 2 Ear sp, 2 Sharp-angled Peacocks, a Lychnis, 8 Tree Lichen Beauties, 3 Fen Wainscots, 3 Small Waved Umbers, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, a Yellow Shell, a Small Blood-vein, a Rosy Rustic, 7 Drinkers, 2 Black Arches, 7 Straw Underwings, 2 Lyme Grass, 3 Pine Hawks, 2 Rosy Minors, 3 Spectacles, 7 Rustics and 2 Nutmegs.

Above, Treble Bar and Narrow-winged Pug

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Norfolk 3.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (all males) near Horsey in area with no general access this morning
Norfolk 38+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew over Welney WWT
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Nar Valley Fisheries at c1.10pm [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on east pool +Great White Egret 4.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB off main boardwalk
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Holme Dunes flew west at 7.53pm