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28th June 2024

Bedstraw Hawk Moth Eric Yeomans

On the sea today 15 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmars, a Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Terns, 19 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were noted, and a Hobby flew in off the sea. At least 13 Spoonbills were on the Broadwater and a Bearded Tit was near the sea wall at Thornham. Also of interest were 18 Swifts, 20 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows, 8 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Stonechats and a Bullfinch.

In the moth traps Small Blood-vein, Buff Tip, 2 Small Elephant Hawks, 2 Sand Darts, a Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Common Footmen, a Heart & Club, 2 Striped Wainscots, 3 Uncertains, a Small Square Spot, Barred Straw, 2 Cinnabars, 2 Barred Yellows, 2 Dark Arches, a White Point, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Burnished Brass, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Brown Rustic, Lyme Grass.

Two Small Tortoiseshells, 10 Red Admirals, 25 Meadow Browns, a Comma, Common Blue, 4 Small Whites, a Ringlet, Small Heath, 2 Speckled Woods, 3 Large Skippers and a Green-veined White were recorded, along with Southern Hawker, 4 Black-tailed Skimmers and 6 Common Darters.

A Bedstraw Hawk moth cocoon hatched in the morning.

Norfolk Glossy Ibis Hickling Broad NWT c1/3ml ESE of visitor centre at Brendan’s Marsh at 2.37pm