Holme Bird Observatory Friday 16th August 2019

A wet and blustery day, highlights were few but in the moth traps two Rusty-Dot Pearls were of note, a Painted Lady and 2 Migrant Hawkers were still struggling round the reserve in the high winds!

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Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still 2.50pm on freshmarsh from Island Hide
Norfolk 1+Wood Sand Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide +ad.fem Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) still
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT
Norfolk Dark Crimson Underwing moth Gorleston-on-Sea
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Goshawk juv Titchwell RSPB at Willow Wood
Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB flew over Thornham Point at 7.13am
Norfolk 21.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +juv.Purple Sand

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 14th August 2019

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Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cley NWT mid evng +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape this a'noon tho elusive +ad.Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Caspian Gull y'day Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this evng +Garganey still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still +Spoonbill Spotted Redshank Purple Sand
Norfolk Quail reported Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 4.13pm +showing well
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at c3.40pm

Holme Bird Observatory 12th August 2019

A Butterfly Conservation moth event took place today, with 4 traps run at the Obs. Highlights included a Bulrush Wainscot, 8 Silver Ys, a Pine Hawk Moth, Southern Wainscot, 3 Drinkers, 3 Knot Grass, White-lined and Archers Darts, Angle-barred Pug and Pale Prominent.

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Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this morning +Great White Egret 8.Spoonbills
Norfolk Purple Sand still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Cory's S'water Cley flew west past coastguards 8.18-8.22am
Norfolk 12.Wood Sands y'day Cley NWT

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 11th August 2019

On the sea today 2 Eider, 14 Common Scoters, 4 Fulmars, a Great Crested Grebe, 19 Little Terns, 14 Sandwich Terns and 28 Common Terns were counted. Other birds of interest included a Great White Egret, Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits all on the NWT pools, 2 Snipe were flying over at the village hides, a Whimbrel flew over the Observatory calling, and 14 Golden Plover were on the grazing marsh. On the beach 150 Knot, 120 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin and a Turnstone were also noted, while a movement of hirundines included 10+ Sand Martins, 40+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins and 8+ Swifts. a Cetti's Warbler was heard at the village hides, and a Willow Warbler was also of note.

In the moth traps, a Pine Hawk Moth, Cloaked Minor, 5 Drinkers, 5 White Points and a Dark Sword-grass were among the catch.

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Norfolk Purple Sand still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Great White Egret 15.Spoonbills
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Thornham harbour
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Cley at 8.10am
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 10th August 2019

A stormy day, highlights were a Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank on the NWT, together with 30 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Whimbrel with a party of Curlew heading east. The Great White Egret was also seen.

In the moth traps a Pine and a Poplar Hawk were of note, with a single White Point also of interest.

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Norfolk 47.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen still 2pm
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 1pm +8.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Cley NWT at 7am
Norfolk Storm Petrel flew east past Cley at 12.04pm tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 9.55am
Norfolk large s'water sp flew east past Cley at 10.15am
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas Cley offshore at 9.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 9th August 2019

Two Greenshank, two Green Sandpiper and an adult Med Gull were noted during the course of the day.

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Norfolk 12+Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 9+Wood Sands flew west over Weybourne Camp at 9.30am
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Rockland Broad at 10.45am
Norfolk Purple Heron juv y'day Upton Broad +Marshes NWT in dyke on grazing marsh at 7am

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 8th August 2019

A Great White Egret was seen on the grazing marsh and 20 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were recorded. A Med Gull, Turtle Dove and Cuckoo were of interest with a Yellow Wagtail flying over west.

In the moth traps a Tree-Lichen Beauty was caught.

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Norfolk Queen of Spain Fritillary butterfly Thetford at 1pm then flew off
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT again on Arnold's Marsh this morning
Norfolk 12+Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.46am +7.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still +Turtle Dove still
Norfolk 5+Wood Sands Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +Little Gull on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still +4.Spoonbills still +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)

 
Tree-lichen Beauty HBO

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 7th August 2019

A recently fledged Cuckoo was a surprise find along the approach road early morning. A Greenshank was on the NWT reserve and five Wigeon and a Pink-footed Goose on the Broadwater gave an early taste of things to come.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash late morning (+3.Curlew Sands Spoonbill)
Norfolk 37.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen this a'noon
Norfolk 9.Wood Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spoonbill again. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 8.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 12.37pm +9.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Dunes still with cattle by path at 10.51am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 10.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape from Avocet Hide at 7.10am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +10.Spoonbills Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +5.Spoonbills on beach

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 6th August 2019

Three Spoonbills over early morning were followed by sightings of three Common and three Green Sandpipers on the Broadwater, along with a single Greenshank.

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Norfolk Great White Egret flew west past Weybourne Camp 5.40-8.10am +2.Spoonbills flew east then inland
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still early a'noon Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+16.Wood Sands)
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER ad still midday Snettisham RSPB in roost from Shore Hide (+4.ad.Curlew Sands 15+Spotted Redshanks)
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER ad still Snettisham RSPB in roost
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse at Gramborough Hill in ditch in grazing meadow briefly mid morning then flew west
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT flew west over Billy's Wash at c9.45am
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still mid morning Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 9.04am
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +5.Wood Sands. 6.Spoonbills on beach

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 5th August 2019

A Spotted Redshank was on the NWT reserve and 11 Black-tailed Godwit flew over Thornham Harbour, with 5 summer plumage Golden Plover also of interest.

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Norfolk Garganey Cley NWT still in NE corner of Pat's Pool at 2.46pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Pope's Marsh this morning
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 1.56pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands Cley NWT still
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash off Shore Hide at 11.43am
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Cantley beet factory still
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 10.45am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape (+Wood Sand still +Spotted Redshank)
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB +5.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 10.11am +4.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 9.10am Cley NWT at NW end of Pat's Pool from Teal Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 6.45am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.16am (+Wood Sand Spotted Redshank

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 4th August 2019

A warm day with some sunshine, two Spoonbills were circling over the Observatory at 3.30pm, and a group of 6 Greenshank were also of note. Two Whimbrel flew over calling and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits were around the Broadwater and NWT pools.

In the moth traps today, a Twin-spotted Wainscot was of particular interest and a wide range of butterflies included a Brown Argus and 15+ Painted Ladies.

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Norfolk Quail Salthouse in wheat field by footpath
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT again
Norfolk 10+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this morning
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 12.12pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +showing well (+2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) (ad.fem +juv (colour-ringed))
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.45am +7.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (ad +2.juvs) Cley NWT again from Babcock Hide late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad still flew over marsh between car park +Stubb Mill at 9am
Norfolk 8.Wood Sands y'day just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Stiffkey Fen +36.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls y'day Cley NWT in evng
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.20am (+ad.Spotted Redshank still)

GO WILD AT DROVE 2019 - YESTERDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS!

A HUGE THANKYOU - to everyone who came and took part in our big day at Drove Orchards yesterday!

We had a fantastic turn-out and there was lots to see and enjoy. Some highlights included 330 moths of 64 species in two traps set in the reedbeds on the farm:
 Views of Marsh Harriers and Kestrels on the Wildlife Walk, as well as 14 species of butterflies

 
Some incredible views of captive-bred Death's Head Hawk Moths at the barn


And among the wild moths featured at the event was a petriburgensis Garden Tiger!
 
Thankyou for making Go Wild at Drove 2019 such a fun day! We hope to see you there in 2020...
 
Photos by Cat Buck

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 3rd August 2019

A Great White Egret was on the Broadwater for the first half of the day and two Spoonbills appeared briefly before flying off East. A calling Common Crossbill was around the Observatory Pines before it too flew off East.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon +7.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 2.50pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide (+10+Wood Sands ad.Spotted Redshank)
Norfolk 15+Wood Sands Cley NWT still this morning +ad.Spotted Redshank
Norfolk probable Black Tern Cley flew east past coastguards at 12.40pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.19am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 2.WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS (both ads) Snettisham RSPB: 1.on mud by 1st mud beyond houses at 10.40am TF.647.318, 1.still from Shore Hide at 9.36am
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still 10.40am Snettisham RSPB on mud by 1st pit beyond houses TF.647.318
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still 9.36am Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide at 8.53am
Norfolk Pec Sand ad again 8.53am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad till c8.18am Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh then flew off +lost to view
Norfolk Pec Sand ad Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 8.15am
Norfolk Balearic S'water reported y'day flew past Holme Dunes
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Great White Egret 2.Curlew Sands 3.Spoonbills

Holme Bird Observatory Friday August 2nd 2019

Most of the interest came from the beach and pools in the form of waders with highlights including 100 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Whimbrels, 12 Curlews, 12 Sanderlings, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshanks and 2 Snipe. Offshore a Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Balearic Shearwater were reported and 10 Common Scoter were on the sea.

Around the pines and Observatory were 2 Tawny Owls, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Sparrowhawks and 4 Stock Doves. Overhead were a Spoonbill, 30 Swifts, 16 Swallows and 2 House Martins and in the Dunes 2 Grasshopper Warblers were reeling.

Lots of Painted Lady butterflies were around the reserve again, with Wall Browns also in evidence and Humming-bird Hawkmoths seen around the buddlejas. Twin-spotted Plume, Wainscot Neb and Tree Lichen Beauty were the best of the moth traps.

Aberrant Garden Tiger from the moth traps - Holme Bird Obs, August 2019 © David Bratt


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Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still this evng +showing well
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Cley NWT still this a'noon
Norfolk 7. Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon +9.Spoonbills still. Keep to publiv rights of way +do not enter from railway station
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Burnham Norton early morning +3.Spoonbills. Cattle Egret Burnham Overy still by sea wall
Norfolk Black Tern juv flew east pats Sheringham 5.13-8.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +9.Spoonbills juv.Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's POol
Norfolk SOOTY TERN ad flew east past Weybourne at 6.42am
Norfolk Garganey fem Welney WWT from Friends Hide
Norfolk 17+ Wood Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide. 2.Spoonbills Pat's POol
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua ad flew east past Cley at 9am
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER Snettisham RSPB at 6am at high tide roost (+4 Curlew Sands)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cromer tsill on beach by Rocket House Cafe
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills y'day Warham Greens at 12.30pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad y'day Titchwell RSPB at 8.30pm +1s.Yellow-legged Gull 1s.Little Gull ad.Great White Egret 8.Wood Sands 4.Little Stints 3.Spotted Redshanks 17.Spoonbills
Norfolk repeat: SOOTY TERN ad flew east past Sheringham at 6.57am [slowly moving east distantly offshore]
MEGA Norfolk SOOTY TERN ad flew east past Sheringham at 6.57am

GO WILD AT DROVE 2019

We do hope that you can join us at Drove Orchards this Saturday 3rd August for Go Wild at Drove between 10am and 4pm, to see the farm's wildlife at close quarters.

This year we are offering a wildlife walk around the farm in the morning, and a shorter family walk suitable for children in the afternoon. This should give everyone a chance to look at plants, bugs and birds on the site. We will be emptying two moth traps, and there will be kid's crafts and activities throughout the day.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

Moth trap 1 – 10.15am
 

Wildlife Walk – 11.30am 

Moth trap 2 – 1pm
 

Family Walk – 2.30pm
 
Checking the moth traps
 
 
Wildlife Walk
 
 
 

Come and join us, entry is free!

 

Holme Bird Observatory 31st July 2019

The biggest surprise today was a Fieldfare in the pines behind the Observatory. More expected were a Great White Egret on the Grazing Marsh, Green Sandpiper in front of the NWT hides and two Wood and two Green Sandpipers on Redwell Marsh.

South Westerly winds, at the end of July, and just what you'd expect, a Fieldfare !

Migrant Hawker staying down low out of the wind.

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 Norfolk 10+Wood Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in SE corner. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Fieldfare Holme NOA
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still +2.Curlew Sands still +Wood Sand still
Norfolk Wood Sand Holme Dunes still by entrance track +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Wood Sand Holme at Redwell Marsh NOA still

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 30th July 2019

A Great White Egret was viewable on the marsh from the approach track early morning and a Cuckoo was also around the pines near the Obs. A Wood Sandpiper was on Redwell Marsh, with both Common and Green Sandpiper present too.

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Norfolk 4.Wood Sands just east of Wells still 3.15pm on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton South Dunes by oaks tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide
Norfolk 21.Wood Sands Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 10.Wood Sands Cley NWT still from Daukes' Hide at 8am
Norfolk Wood Sand Walsey Hills NOA still at Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk Quail male singing Choseley drying barns by pig field
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Pied Fly Brancaster on fence by beach car park at 8.45am. 3.Spoonbills on saltmarsh
Norfolk Black Tern Breydon Water briefly +Spoonbill
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth Holme trapped

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 29th July 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders and 2 Gannets were of note and elsewhere a Red Kite drifted along the ridge, and a Great White Egret was on the NWT reserve together with 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and 5 Wood Sandpipers.

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Norfolk 28+Wood Sands Cley NWT still +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water still late morning +Little Stint
Norfolk 20+Wood Sands Cley NWT still at Pat's Pool /Simmonds' Scrape +Little Stint
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still
Norfolk Turtle Dove juv Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Walsey Hills NOA at Snipe's Marsh early morning
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Sheringham flew west early morning
Norfolk Quail male singing y'day Kelling Water Meadow +3.Wood Sands
Norfolk 2.Garganey Titchwell RSPB +Great White Egret
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still +7.Curlew Sands 11.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wood Sand south of Cawston flew north over Brandiston at 6.14am
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Norwich flew west over New Costessey at 11.08pm [heard only]. Wood Sand flew NW over Hellesdon at c10.55pm [heard only]
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Norwich flew west over New Costessey at 11.08pm [heard only]. Wood Sand flew NW over Hellesdon at c10.55pm [heard only]
Norfolk 5.Ruddy Shelducks flew west past Sheringham at 5.50am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 28th July 2019

An excellent day with rain bringing down large numbers of waders including 70+ Whimbrel passing over during the day, 120+ Black-tailed Godwits on the beach and moving east over the grazing marshes, with many landing on the NWT pools, at least 20 Common Sandpipers were around the Broadwater with 5 Wood Sandpipers, 5 Greenshank, 2 Ruff and at least one Green Sandpiper also seen. A Great White Egret was showing well early afternoon, and two Cattle Egrets dropped in briefly at the back of the grazing marsh before moving off east. A family of Stonechats was again around the east bank with Lesser Whitethroat also noted.

In the moth traps 7 Garden Tigers, 2 Pine Hawks, a male Oak Eggar, a Lilac Beauty, Buff Tip, Rosy Minor and Buff Ermine were among the catch.

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Norfolk 32.Wood Sands Cley NWT still mid a'noon from Daukes' Hide +Little Stint
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa; 1.colour-ringed) Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (ad +juv) Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.20pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Stiffkey Fen still midday +25+Spoonbills still
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide at 1pm +Little Stint
Norfolk 5.Wood Sands Holme Dunes at Broadwater at midday +Great White Egret
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +11.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Blakeney Point mid morning: 1.on Far Point, 3.flew west +Black Tern
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape late morning +Sanderling
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Northrepps circled over Hungry Hill then flew west
Norfolk c40.Wood Sands Cley NWT +16.Curlew Sands on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL Titchwell RSPB flew east over main footpath at 10.23am
Norfolk 30+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at c10.20am +12+Curlew Sands
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 21.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +2.Curlew Sands
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands y'day just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 27th July 2019

A juvenile Purple Heron was seen briefly on the NWT grazing marsh at 9.20. A Hobby flew east over the pines mid morning.

In the moth traps an Elephant Hawk moth, Poplar Hawk and 2 Pine Hawks, Oak Eggar, Buff Footman, 3 Least Carpet, 2 Flounced Rustic, 1 Antler, Kent Black Arches and Scalloped Oak were among the species caught.

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Norfolk c33.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB +21.Spoonbills
Norfolk 5+Wood Sands Potter Heigham Marshes this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB flew over Patsy's Reedbed towards Freshmarsh att 11.45am
Norfolk 2+Wood Sands Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.45am
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes +Garganey 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.23am +2.Spotted Redshanks Garganey Continental Black-tailed Godwit
Norfolk Purple Heron juv Holme again on oxbow at 9.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +18.Spoonbills 4.Curlew Sands
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 5.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool opposite hide

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 26th July 2019

A Great White Egret was seen during the morning and a Great Crested Grebe was on the Broadwater. 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were of note together with a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank and a Snipe. A Turtle Dove was in the dunes and 150+ Swallows were gathering around the village and reserves. A family of Stonechats was on the east bank.

Moths included Pine Hawk, another Marbled Clover, Knot Grass, Rosy Minor, 2 Drinkers, 2 Garden Tigers, a female Oak Eggar and a Leopard Moth.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT still in NE corner of Pat's Pool mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +11+Spoonbills still
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv y'day Cley NWT on Pat's Pool in evng. Recently 7.Caspian Gulls
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 8.30am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Cley flew west past beach car park at 10.10am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Purple Heron juv still Titchwell RSPB early morning then flew west over Thornham village

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 25th July 2019

A day of record heat, with an easterly breeze bringing some respite in the afternoon. Highlights included 65 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper, a Green Woodpecker in the pines, single Lesser Whitethroat and Stonechat.

In the moth traps 86 species included 2 Marbled Clover, Shore Wainscot, 7 Garden Tigers, a White Point, 2 Drinkers, and a Buff Tip.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Common Crane still
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills (3.juvs) Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception
Norfolk Little Gull 2w Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB again
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Purple Heron juv still Titchwell RSPB in flight over East Bank

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 24th July 2019

An Osprey initially picked up heading west over Titchwell, was seen circling over the western edge of Thornham Harbour from the Observatory mid morning. A flock of 53 Black-tailed Godwits were on the edge of the Broadwater and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling early morning along the entrance track.

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Norfolk Black Tern Wells over channel north of coastguard station mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +17.Spoonbills still
Norfolk no sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB 9.30am-1pm
Norfolk Purple Heron Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still at Tank Road
Norfolk Osprey Thornham harbour
Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB again flew west mid morning
Norfolk 1,900+Med Gulls y'day Breydon Water in evng
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spoonbill 3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Caspian Gull near-ad y'day Cley NWT in evng +3.juv.Spoonbills Wood Sand 2w.Little Gull

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 23rd July 2019

A Great White Egret was present on the Broadwater early morning, with at least eight Little Egrets also present.

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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still mid a'noon Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape this morning +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Wood Sand still this a'noon Cley NWT on west side of Pat's Pool
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Marsh late morning
Norfolk Wood Sand still Cley NWT at north end of Pat's Pool from Teal Hide at 10.07am
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +11.Spoonbills Great White Egret 3.Spotted Redshanks Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field c300yds west of pumping station

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 22nd July 2019

On the sea today 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmars, 14 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 3 Little Terns, 5 Common Terns and 70+ Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Spoonbill flew west along the Broadwater mid afternoon and a Green Sandpiper was on the NWT reserve. A Knot, 7 Dunlin, 35 Sanderling, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were also reported.

An Obscure Wainscot was a good moth for the Observatory, among an otherwise small catch of common species.

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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again 1.57pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk 2.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Felbrigg Hall NT still at lake this a'noon
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 1.11pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field c300yds west of pumping station
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB this morning at high tide +2.Little Stints ad.Black Tern 11.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk still no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by midday (nor Curlew Sand but 9.Spoonbills still)
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station by c12.30pm TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2s +juv) Cromer still on beach this morning
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by c10.15am
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station at 9.59am TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Marsh at 8.01am
Norfolk Quail y'day Sheringham in morning
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) y'day Titchwell RSPB in evng

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 21st July 2019

An Osprey flew over south west. 2 Turtle Doves and a juvenile Cuckoo were in the dunes and a Green Sandpiper was on the NWT pools. Other birds of note included 137 Black-tailed Godwits, 280 Sandwich Terns, 66 Little Terns and 3 Common Terns fishing in Thornham Harbour at high tide.

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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still 3.35pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Honey Buzzard again 1.5mls WNW of Hevingham over Buxton Heath at 10.30am
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 3pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 1.30pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still 1.20pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Curlew Sand still)
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 12.20pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk Osprey flew SW over Holme Dunes at 12.15pm
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still midday Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Curlew Sand still)
Norfolk TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL fem/juv Titchwell flew west past In Focus at 11.41am
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still 10.45am Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Curlew Sand still +17.Spoonbills)
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still 9.30am Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Quail male singing c3/4ml SW of Blakeney off B1156 in field near Galley Hill Farm early morning
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer still near pier
Norfolk reported Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at c7.10am is a Common Sand
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at back of fenced area from path by Island Hide at c7.10am tho distant then walked out of view
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh

HEMPTON MOTH DAY RESULTS!!

Many thanks to those who came to our moth day at Hempton Marsh today. We had a terrific catch despite wet and windy conditions, with some species remaining to be identified, but overall 545 moths of 105+ species were counted!!

This included 18 Poplar, 4 Elephant, and Eyed Hawk Moths, Garden Tiger, Large Emerald, Dingy Shears, 2 Suspected, Minor Shoulder-knot, Rosy Footman, 3 Sharp-angled Carpet, Black-neck, Peppered Moth, Beautiful Hook-tip, 3 Burnished Brass, 2 Antler, Iron Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent, Buff Tip, White Satin, Crescent, Scalloped Oak, Broad-barred White, Lesser Cream Wave, 2 Water Veneer, Small Dotted Buff, 7 Double Lobed, not to mention 75 Mothers-of-Pearl!

Don't forget we will be moth trapping at Drove Orchards on Saturday 3rd August 2019 so please come and see what we have caught!

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 20th July 2019

On the sea today 15 Common Scoters, 1 Gannet, 210 Sandwich Terns, and 6 Common Terns were seen. Also of interest were a Spoonbill, and 64 Black-tailed Godwits.

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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still 3.13pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Curlew Sand)
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still mid a'noon Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 1.45pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this morning 2w.Little Gull
Norfolk Scaup Snettisham RSPB this morning +7.Spoonbills 11.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 11.55am Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 11.10am Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station +showing well TG.486.063
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad again Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump at 10.45am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Cley NWT from Babcock Hide
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water off South Wall by mid morning
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham RSPB on beach near causeway between southern pits mid morning
Norfolk 16.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk no sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk no news on Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB. 2.Spotted Redshanks Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB. 2.Spotted Redshanks Buckenham Marshes RSPB

HEMPTON MARSH MOTH DAY SATURDAY 20TH JULY

Our moth day at Hempton Marsh is taking place as planned. Come and join us as we empty the traps on the marsh at 10 am. It may be a wet morning, but we hope to have plenty of moths on display!

We are not expecting to be able to give a ringing demonstration on Saturday due to rain, but if conditions improve we will go ahead with this also.

See you there!

NOA

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 19th July 2019

Seawatching today produced 8 Common Scoters, 4 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 5 Common Terns and over 300 Sandwich Terns on the beach, and 3 juvenile Med Gulls also seen. A flock of 190 Black-tailed Godwits was on the Broadwater.

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Norfolk probable Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 4pm tho distant
Norfolk Honey Buzzard 1.5mls WNW of Hevingham flew west over Buxton Heath
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) still
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer still at beach this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this morning +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT again on Lady Fen from visitor centre
Norfolk still no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump by 8.45am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide at 8.08am +Wood Sand
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +3.Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump by 6.41am