Saturday 27th August 2016

A mixed day with rain on and off, and thunder late afternoon. Highlights included Green Sandpiper and Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 2 Hobbies came in off the sea, 48 House Martin passed over, 7 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, and 8 Reed Warblers.

In the moth traps another Twin-spotted Wainscot was of interest, while Small Copper and Brown Argus were noted around the reserve.

Friday 26th August 2016

A beautiful summer day today, with plenty of bird activity. On the seawatch 23 Teal, 1 Fulmar, 5 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 170 Sandwich Terns, 140 Common Terns, a Greenshank and 15 Swallows were among the highlights, with Golden Plover, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Dunlin, a Little Stint, a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers and 20 Snipe were all recorded. Also of interest were a Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroats, 2 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, and single Yellow and Grey Wagtails.

In the moth trap an Antler Moth, 2 Twin-spotted Wainscots and a Brown-veined Wainscot brought some unexpected excitement!

Thursday 25th August 2016

Much was expected today, with north-easterlies and a cold front moving southwards, however this appeared to bring recent movement almost to a stop during the course of the day. Highlights were 14 Gannets, a Fulmar, 7 Little Terns, and at the Golf Course 2 Black Terns, 183 Sandwich Terns and 1123 Common Terns together with a further 131 tern sp. Of note were 5 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Whitethroats, 5 Reed Warblers, and near the NWT payhut a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstarts and 3 Whinchats, with 2 Stonechats also present.

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Smaller numbers of Willow Warblers were again present on the site today with a further nine trapped and ringed. A new species from a ringing perspective was added to the Observatory list, Yellow Wagtail, which was a surprise find in the Meadow Pipit nets on the east bank along side a Pied Wagtail an usual species in itself. Green Sandpiper and Greenshank were again on the Broadwater, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the pines, and up to three Arctic Skuas chasing Terns over the sea.
Pied Wagtail- Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Yellow Wagtail- Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Being greeted by singing Willow warblers as I arrived this morning gave an insight as to what todays most numerous bird was to be ! Around fifty were estimated to be around the observatory and at the rear of the pines, with 24 trapped and ringed during the day.  A Garden Warbler was a surprise catch as well and other birds of note included Green Sandpiper and Greenshank on the Broadwater. Single Pied and Spotted Flycatcher were on the NOA reserve with one more of each also present on the NWT reserve.
One of today's Willow Warblers- Holme Bird Obs, Aug 2016

Monday 22nd August 2016

A blustery day with rain early morning and again later. At least one Pied Flycatcher was still in the east end of the pines behind the Observatory with a Redstart also seen. Two Wheatears were also reported.

Moths were better today with Brimstone, Rustic, Archer's Dart and Setaceous Hebrew Character among the 10 species caught. Despite the weather a Holly Blue, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were around the buddleia.

Sunday 21st August 2016

A sunny and breezy day with plenty of bird activity around the recording area including 21 Shelduck, 7 Teal, a Fulmar over the pines, a Gannet offshore, 5 Whimbrel, 217 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 30 Snipe, a Little Tern, 2 Black Terns west over Thornham Marsh, 150 Sandwich Terns, 19 Common Terns, a juvenile Arctic Tern along the Broadwater, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warblers, 6+ Pied Flycatchers in the pines, 2 Redstarts - also in the pines, 2 Whinchats opposite Thornham Harbour sluice, and a Wheatear in the dunes.

Only 3 moths were caught; Flame Shoulder, Archer's Dart and Rusty Dot Pearl, while on the buddleia many butterflies included Painted Lady and Holly Blue.

Saturday 20th August 2016

A blustery day with occasional showers, some passage migrants were present with a Pied Flycatcher in the pines just behind the Observatory, and 3 Wheatears and a Whinchat along the sea wall to Thornham. Also of note were 4 Yellow Wagtails low over Gore Point early morning.

Moth numbers were affected by the high winds and only 7 species included Archer's Dart, Flame Shoulder, Flounced Rustic and Lesser Yellow Underwing.

Friday 19th August 2016

On the sea today 80 Common Scoters, 11 Gannets, 68 Sandwich Terns, and 51 Common Terns were counted, together with a small movement of ducks with 11 Teal and 3 Wigeon passing offshore. Of note on the marshes were 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 6+ Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank, while other migrants included Turtle Dove and juvenile Cuckoo, 7 Willow Warblers, 5 Blakcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, 7 Reed Warblers, 5 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears on the coastal footpath towards Thornham, and 7 Yellow Wagtails passing over calling.

Juvenile Cuckoo on east bank

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Wryneck Hemsby this a/noon NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike West Runton 19:45 on clifftop by hide Woodhill Park (new bird)
Norfolk Wryneck Sidestrand this mrng NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 17:10 from Washington Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB + Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper & Little Tern TF650328 Norfolk 14 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Pied Flycatcher West Runton by clifftop c/pk at 18:30
Norfolk 4 Pied Flycatcher Salthouse this evng NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB by Fen Hide + Black Tern offshore & Little Stint on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Pied Flycatcher Happisburgh mid a/noon, 3 at Cart Gap & 1 between cricket club & pillbox + 2 Whinchat NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Winterton North Dunes late a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 26 Pied Flycatcher 1.5mls NNE/of Wells at East Hills this a/noon + 3 Redstart & 3 Whinchat TF924456 Norfolk 32 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 27 Curlew Sandpiper (1 Adult + 26 Juvenile) Cley NWT late a/noon on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on North Scrape at 11:00 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Pied Flycatcher Great Yarmouth Cemetery in North Section NR30 1DW TG526082 Norfolk 2 Whinchat Horsey + Redstart NR29 4EP TG477228 Norfolk 5 Whinchat Holme Dunes NNR on lavender marsh at 11:00
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Beeston Bump in scrub S/of pit at 11:28 NR26 8DB TG167432
Norfolk Whinchat Winterton North Dunes + 3 Redstart NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water early mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Juvenile Black Tern off Cley Beach c/pk 10:05 to !0:08 then flew NW/ NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Kelling Water Meadows + Turtle Dove NR25 7ED TG095436
Norfolk Turtle Dove Tivetshall St.Mary at 08:15 Norfolk Little Gull Sheringham by Funky Mackerel Cafe NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 3rd Summer Curlew Sandpiper Cley NWT at 08:00 on Pat's Pool + Wood Sandpiper on Simmond's Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441

Thursday 18th August 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 27 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB + 4 Little Stint TF650328
Norfolk Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point at 17:00 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Wryneck Snettisham Coastal Park 1ml N/of beach c/pk, 200yds N/of cross bank TF653350 Norfolk 21 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this mrng + Little Stint & 2 JUV Arctic Tern PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Holme NOA + Whinchat Burnham Overy Dunes TF717450
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Kelling Water Meadows this a/noon + 3 Whinchat NR25 7ED TG095436 Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water early mrng + 3 Little Gull NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 7 Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 14:00 NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk Little Stint Buckenham Marshes RSPB at midday from hide + Whinchat by mill NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at 09:00 NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Little Stint Hockwold Washes at 08:20 from Washland Viewpoint IP26 4LQ TL727882 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe W/past Sheringham NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Sheringham in NE/corner of Dead Man's Wood + Redwing, no general access NR26 8BQ TG159435

Wednesday 17th August 2016

A similar day weather wise as yesterday which allowed for ringing early morning, but the increasing wind strength curtailed activities after lunch. Five Meadow Pipits and another Stonechat were the ringing highlights. Other birds recorded included two Common and one Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank with the Stonechats along the East bank numbered at least four.  The moth trap was again on the quiet side, but a rather smart Red underwing was some consolation for that.
Today's Stonechat - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Red Underwing- Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Tuesday 16th August 2016

A fine sunny day with a welcome freshening breeze during the afternoon. Birds today included a selection of waders over and around the Broadwater, which included Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Green and Common Sandpiper. A kingfisher was noted on the Broadwater, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Pines and Green Woodpecker and at least three Stonechats and a Wheatear along the East Bank.

Monday 15th August 2016

A calm and cloudy morning with a mild easterly breeze gave way to a hot and sunny afternoon. Several Kestrels, Buzzards and Marsh Harriers were seen out over the marsh, 2 Green Woodpeckers were present in the pines and the Great Spotted Woodpecker remained. Two juvenile Stonechats were present near the Dell Hide, neither with a ring - so different birds to those previously caught on the 6th of August.

A single Holly Blue was again present around the Buddleias as were 2 Painted Ladies; a Wall Brown was seen around the Observatory building. Black Arches, Garden Tiger and Fen Wainscot were enjoyed from the moth traps whilst micros included Saltmarsh Plume, Platytes alpinella and Clavigesta purdeyi.

Lozotaeniodes formosana - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Sunday 14th August 2016

Highlights today were 6 Teal, 5 Common Scoters, 19 Gannets, 8 Little Terns, 84 Sandwich Terns, and 270 Common Terns passing offshore. A Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were around the Broadwater in the morning, and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were around the pines. Ringing was productive with 17 new birds and 10 retraps, including a Lesser Whiethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and many Long-tailed Tits!

In the moth traps today a White Satin Moth, Blood Vein, Gold Triangle, Southern Wainscot and Nutmeg were among the catch of 28 species.

Saturday 13th August 2016

On the sea today over 1000 Common Scoters were seen and at least 4 Arctic Skuas were counted passing west, together with 21 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 24 Sandwich Terns, 29 Common Terns. Also of interest were a Green Woodpecker and a Yellow Wagtail flying over calling. A group of 50+ Swallows were feeding near Thornham Harbour in the afternoon.

Moths included Latticed Heath, Vine's Rustic, Mother of Pearl, Ruby Tiger, Archer's Dart and Southern Wainscot. Holly Blue was again on the buddleia outside the Observatory.

 One of two of Muntjac showing well in front of the hide - Hempton Marsh, August 2016

Friday 12th August 2016

A beautiful summer day with a strong westerly breeze, highlights today were 5 Golden Plover west over the grazing marshes, 2 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper around the Broadwater, 9 Black-tailed Godwits flying east, 2 Greenshank flying west calling, a Great Spotted Woodpecker around the pines, and a juvenile Wheatear along the sea wall near Thornham Harbour.

Moths were in modest numbers today but highlights were a Water Veneer, Silver Y, Garden Tiger and a Black-tipped Ermine. Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small Skipper, Brown Argus and Wall Brown were among the butterflies recorded on site.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB at 16:00 from Shore Hide + 12 Spotted Redshank TF650328
Norfolk Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB late mrng from Shore Hide TF650328 Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 1.5mls E/of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe on saltmarsh then flew W/ PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk 12 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Quail Hickling flew over The Greyhound Pub at 2:26, heard only NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB in dunes PE31 8BB TF759436

Thursday 11th August 2016

A damp start and a blowy afternoon meant a slow day bird wise. On the sea counts included 16 Gannets, 7 Fulmar and a dark phase Arctic Skua. Two Green sandpipers were on the Broadwater, viewed from the car park hide and other waders seen during the day included 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe and 5 Golden Plover.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB at 16:20 from Shore Hide + Spotted Redshank TF650328
Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier (bearing satelite transmitter) near Snettisham RSPB this mrng TF650328
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Potter Heigham at Candle Dyke Marsh
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB this evng from hide NR13 4HW TG351056 Norfolk 2 Juvenile Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436

Wednesday 10th August 2016

Birds of note today included a flock of six high flying Spoonbills over the reserve early morning, Green Sandpiper and Greenshank around the Broadwater, a small passage of Whimbrel with 21 birds counted during the day and a Juvenile Stonechat again on the East Bank.
Non Avian highlights included at least two Painted Ladies and Holly Blues on the Buddleia and Antler Moth in the moth trap.

The aptly named Antler Moth - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016 

Holly Blue outside the Observatory building - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Ringing was productive at the Obs reserve today with 2 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers, a Meadow Pipit, 5 Whitethroats, 4 Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tit and Wren among the catch. Around the reserve a Great Spotted Woodpecker was of interest and over the marshes a Red Kite and 4 Common Buzzards were also seen. A group of 5 Teal were noted passing east along the Broadwater.

After last night's low temperatures moths were very sparse but Swallow and Pebble Prominent, Southern Wainscot, Ruby Tiger and Drinker were still found in the traps today.

Monday 8th August 2016

A quiet day, but with more tern passage noted offshore, including 550 Sandwich Terns, 23 Common Terns and 3 Little Terns. A Whimbrel also flew over calling, and a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff were on the reserve.

Moth highlights were a Rush Veneer and an Antler moth in the traps.


A huge thank you to everyone involved in our new event 'Go Wild at Drove' which took place at Drove Orchards on Saturday. The event was a great success and attracted NOA members and the general public throughout the day.

Beautiful weather helped to make this a great day, with a very interesting tour of the orchards led by owner Andrew Jamieson, and two wildlife walks led by Estate Manager Sue Hall, and NOA Warden Sophie Barker.

The NOA welcomed visitors to displays about moths and caterpillars, feathers and nests, ringing and migration, and a slideshow of the wildlife to be found on the estate was running throughout the day.

Two moth traps were run in the reedbeds on the north side of the estate, producing a superb catch of moths. A total of 71 species were recorded including Webb's, Brown-veined, Fen and Silky Wainscots, Saltmarsh Plume, Oak Hook-tip, Pine Hawk Moth, White Satin Moth and Garden Tiger to name just a few.

Bird highlights included over 2000 gulls flocking over the south side of the marshes during the afternoon to feed on hatching insects, a Peregrine which came up to join them, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and Kestrel out over the marsh, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker and Jay around the orchards, and at least 20 Swallows around the farm shop.

Eleven species of butterflies were also recorded including Large and Small Skipper, Ringlet, Wall Brown, Speckled Wood and Common Blue. Common and Ruddy Darter dragonflies were also plentiful, with Southern Hawker also seen.

The wildlife walks also drew attention to the varied and valuable habitats on the estate, much of which is in Higher Level Stewardship, and features a wonderful array of different trees, shrubs and wild flowers. One of the highlights was flowering Grass Vetch found on the route of the walk, and extensive patches of Fleabane which attracted lots of butterflies.

On the second wildlife walk a young Swift which had become stranded on the ground was rescued and later taken to the RSPCA wildlife hospital at East Winch. Staff there confirmed the bird was not injured and needed feeding for about another week, then it should be fit for release, and the bird was left in their care.

The NOA would like to thank Drove Orchards for making this event possible, for all their support in organising and running the event. And thank you to everyone who came to take part, it really was a special day. See you next year!

Sunday 7th August 2016

Another beautiful sunny, but breezy day. Seawatching produced 400 Common Scoters, 6 Gannets, 52 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns, 4 Little Terns, 5 Grey Plovers and 6 Bar-tailed Godwits. Elsewhere birds of interest included a Turtle Dove, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, and 4 Black-tailed Godwits.

Windy overnight conditions did limit the moth catch but a Garden Tiger, an Antler, 2 Archers Darts and a Southern Wainscot were among those in the trap today.

Saturday 6th August 2016

A breezy morning gave way to a particularly hot afternoon with birds of interest including a Spoonbill seen flying west, Crossbill over and an Arctic Skua and Little Stint seen in Thornham Harbour. In the pines Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers were present whilst Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank were also noted. Two young Stonechats were caught along the east bank and the first Meadow Pipits of the autumn also, with 3 ringed.

At Walsey Hills highlights were limited to 8 Spoonbill seen feeding on the marshes and a Hobby hawking over the East Bank. On the scrapes a Garganey was seen from Bishop Hide, and in the evening 2 Caspian Gulls and 7 Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB this mrng at high tide + 3 Little Stint TF650328 Norfolk 1.1 3rd Summer Caspian Gull Cley NWT + 7 Yellow-legged Gull NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Cley NWT 7 on Simmond's Scrape & 1 at Watling Water + JUV Garganey & Black-tailed Godwit on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers Way + Wood Sandpiper NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 22 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this mrng on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier Sculthorpe Moor flew towards Sculthorpe Mill at 11:30 NR21 9GN TF901303
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB 11:20 at S/end from Shore Hide TF650328
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Cley NWT on Pope's Pool viewable from East Bank + Garganey from Bishop Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB at S/end from Shore Hide at 09:05 TF650328
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua W/past Titchwell RSPB + 2 Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Spoonbill W/over Holme NOA + Common Crossbill TF717450 Norfolk Juvenile Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Welney WWT at 14:15 from main observatory PE14 9TN TL548946


We’re busy making our final preparations for ‘Go Wild at Drove’ tomorrow. Drove Orchards will be hosting the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association for an event that celebrates the wildlife at Drove and the work of it’s near neighbours the NOA. This free event will feature guided walks around the farm, demonstrations of bird ringing if weather permits, and a chance to get involved in counting and identifying moths and butterflies. We will have a series of displays including caterpillars and moths, feathers and nests, ringing and migration, Drove’s wildlife and lots of other information. There will be a bird song quiz and goodie bags for kids, so please come along and see us, and enjoy the day at Drove Orchards.
First moth trap emptied - 10am
Orchard Walk with owner Andrew Jamieson – 11am
Wildlife Walk – 12pm
Second moth trap emptied – 1pm
Further wildlife/orchard walks available after 2pm
Ringing demonstrations as and when birds are caught

Thursday 4th August 2016

On the sea today an adult Black Tern flew past east, with 30 Common Scoters, 4 Gannets, 22 Little Terns, 142 Sandwich Terns, 28 Common Terns and an unidentified auk also noted. 4 Black-tailed Godwits and 50+ Curlew were on the grazing marsh, and 2 Juvenile Stonechats were along the east bank for much of the day.

Moths were very sparse with a Dusky Sallow, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Straw Underwing and Flounced Rustic among the species caught. Butterflies included 1 Wall Brown, 6 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 4 Peacocks, 3 Red Admirals, 20+ Meadow Browns, 10 Gatekeepers, 12 Large Whites and 5 Painted Ladies.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Cley NWT briefly at 19:50 on Simmond's Scrape then flew w/& lost to view + 5 Spoonbill, Garganey & Continental Black-tailed Godwit NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 18 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 15 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Cley NWT S/over A149 by East Bank at 13:48 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT + Wood Sandpiper & Garganey NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 12 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + Wood Sandpiper & 5 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

A blowy day meant difficult viewing conditions and very little seen or reported. Best birds were a group of four Stonechats on the east bank during the morning and a Green Sandpiper viewable from the NWT end of the Broadwater.

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Early morning wader activity saw a flock of eight Snipe and around thirty Black-tailed Godwits flying east over the grazing marsh. On the Broadwater there were two Green and one Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank. One of the two vocal Green Woodpeckers around the reserve at the moment was trapped and ringed and the moth trap again held a nice selection of moths, which included 8 Garden Tigers and a Pine Hawkmoth.

Juvenile Green Woodpecker - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016 

Pine Hawk Moth - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016  

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh 11:30 at W/end near Joe Kordan Hide showing well NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Short-eared Owl 3.5mls W/of Great Yarmouth at 18:35 along railway line by A47 NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this evng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT + Curlew Sandpiper & 2 Arctic Tern NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 2 Juvenile Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066 Juvenile Green Woodpecker- Holme Bird Obs, August 2016 Pine Hawk Moth- Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Monday 1st August 2016

A warm pleasant day, clouding over in the afternoon. Of interest today were 55 Black-tailed Godwits east, a Green Sandpiper east, and a Little Egret near the Broadwater.

In the moth traps highlights were a Small Scallop, a Nut-tree Tussock, 4 Garden Tigers, 3 Fen Wainscots, a Rosy Footman, and a Beautiful Hook-tip.

Sunday 31st July 2016

A warm and pleasant day with little bird activity, the highlights were 5 Black-tailed Godwits around the NWT pools, a Cuckoo in the dunes, and 2 juvenile Stonechats along the east bank in the afternoon.

A good catch of moths included 2 Pine Hawks, a Poplar Hawk, 7 Garden Tigers, Swallow and Pebble Prominents, a Fern, Flounced Rustic, Straw Underwing, 20 Ruby Tigers, a Knot Grass and 2 Kent Black Arches.

Obvious birding highlights at Walsey Hills included 2 Cattle Egrets seen for much of the day in the Eye field, 4 Spoonbills on Pope's Pool and the Serpentine and a good variety of waders scattered around the area including 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, around 20 Whimbrel and Little Ringed Plover. A Hobby was also seen hawking for dragonflies over the main scrapes on the reserve.

Dichrorampha vancouverana - Walsey Hills, July 2016

Saturday 30th July 2016

Highlights from Walsey Hills were fairly limited but a flock of 19 Whimbrel flying west over the pinic benches and a Green Sandpiper on Snipe's Marsh were both interesting. A single Silver Y was seen along with around 30 Diamond-back Moths and 3 Painted Ladies. The first of a new wave of Wall Browns was also noted.