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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 2nd August 2020

On the sea today 17 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 3 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 133 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns and 4 Little Gulls were recorded. A total of 61 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the beach and in Thornham Harbour, and 6 Whimbrel flew over calling, with a Med Gull also of interest. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen in the village. Four Stonechats were along the sea wall to Thornham and a Great White Egret flew over the grazing marsh.

Another very good selection of moths included 2 Least Carpet, 2 Oak Eggar, 9 Yellow Tail, 4 Pine Hawks, 16 Scarce Footmen, 4 Common Footmen, 2 Dusky Sallows, 6 Ruby Tigers, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Clay, 4 Marbled Clover, 8 Cloaked Minor, 16 Drinker, 2 Small Waved Umber, 17 Rustic, 3 Dingy Footmen, a Lime-speck Pug, a Crescent Striped, 4 Archer's Darts, an Early Thorn, 5 Straw Underwings, a Small Scallop, 3 Flounced Rustic, Lyme Grass, Fen Wainscot, 3 Straw Dot, a Pebble Hook-tip, a Pale Prominent, 2 Garden Tiger, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, a Coast Dart, Lychnis, Silver Y, 2 Tree-lichen Beauties, 2 Turnips and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth.

Butterflies today included Brown Argus, Small Heath and another brief appearance by yesterday's Silver-washed Fritillary.

Below: Another superb Tree-lichen Beauty

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Norfolk 8+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (all males)Thompson Common still late morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Cley NWT still at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Roydon Common NWT
Norfolk Little Gull ad flew west past Beeston Regis at 7.30am