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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 13th September 2020

A very breezy but sunny day. A Great White Egret and a Red Kite were seen during the day, and on the grazing marsh 2+ Whimbrel, 2 Avocets, 35+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and 4 Snipe were noted.

The moth trap contained a Dewick's Plusia, 2 Willow Beauties, an Archer's Dart, 7 Large Yellow Underwings, an Angle Shades, a Fern, 5 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 8 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Flounced Rustics, 2 White-line Darts, 5 Lunar Underwings, a Double-striped Pug, Snout and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth.

Dewick's Plusia Moth

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Norfolk Black-throated Diver ad flew east past Weybourne Camp 6.45-9.15am +Spotted Redshank flew west
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT from Main Observatory +4.Great White Egrets 4.Common Cranes
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still mid a'noon Burnham Overy at north end of saltmarsh then flew east +appeared to land in fields towards Holkham Pines
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Burnham Overy at north end of saltmarsh
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NE corner of South Section
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 12.20pm Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton off Water Lane in eastern cattle field late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still on South Pool from visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Breydon Water at NE end
Norfolk Great White Egret Ranworth at Malthouse Broad
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR at 7.43am (+3.Spotted Redshanks still)