Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 19th September 2019

Some early morning signs of migration with small numbers of over flying Chaffinches and Skylarks noted. Larger numbers of Meadow Pipits were evident, which enabled  34 to be ringed and one trapped was found to be bearing a ring already and had originated from Stavanger in Norway.
A Great White Egret was on the Broadwater early morning, a Manx Shearwater was noted on the sea and two Hobby were hawking over the western end of the Broadwater mid afternoon.

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Norfolk 43.Common Cranes Welney WWT still early a'noon at Lady Fen viewable from road 300yds from visitor centr
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle near boardwalk at 3p
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle near boardwalk +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Hawfinch 1.5mls south of Thetford at Barnhamcross Common LN
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB still on pits +4.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 43.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen +3.Whooper Swans Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Autumn Trail viewpoint at 9.47am +9.Spoonbills
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool at 9.20am
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER ad.drk y'day flew west past Titchwell RSPB

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 18th September 2019

A much quieter day today, with sea watching producing only three Great and two Arctic Skuas and three Red-throated Divers. A Greenshank was also on the Broadwater.

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Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets still 2.58pm Burnham Norton in cattle field east of track
Norfolk 30.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +16.Spoonbills
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 1.40pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Cley NWT still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Norton west of main track from car park

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 17th September 2019

Seawatching during the day produced counts of 285 Gannets, 56 Great and 29 Arctic Skuas, 37 Kittiwakes, 10 Red-throated and one Great Northern Diver, 8 Manx Shearwaters and three Puffins. Two Great White egrets were again on the grazing marsh and a Spotted Redshank was on the Broadwater viewable from the NWT hides.

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Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception hide mid a'noon
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew west past Cley 9.20-10.40am +Arctic Tern
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew east past Cley 8am-midday +2.Puffins
Norfolk 33.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Bank Farm/ Lady Fen
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from reception at 11.20am
Norfolk Little Auk reported flew east past Sheringham at 7.45am
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 7.50am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 16th September 2019

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham flew north over South Beach at 7.05pm
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide this morning +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer on beach this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still: 6.by pool from sea wall footpath, 1.in fields north of car park +2+Spoonbills
Norfolk Wood Wblr Waxham this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male still Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still 12.30pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe still 12.27pm
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still +3.Curlew Sands Great White Egret 18.Spoonbills
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme still on Broadwater +2.Spotted Redshanks

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 15th September 2019

A further 72 Pink-feet came in during the day, and on the sea 49 Teal, a single Eider, 104 Common Scoters, 7 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 58 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, an Arctic Skua and 7 Sandwich Terns were recorded. Two Great White Egrets were on the marshes and 3 Green Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank were on the NWT pools. A Hobby flew west past the Observatory and 3 Sand Martins, 15+ Swallows, 3 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, single Sedge and Reed Warblers and 2 Stonechats were also of note.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleias.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still mid a'noon by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB on pool midway between sluice channel +Tower Hide
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still early a'noon by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 27+Spoonbills Burnham Norton still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 37+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again near Tower Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 14th September 2019

A sunny warm day with light winds, 9 Little and a single Great White Egret were recorded, with a single Spoonbill flying west. Raptors included 2 Red Kites, 2 Hobbies and a juvenile Peregrine. On the Broadwater 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Greenshank were of note, and a Med Gull was with Black-headed Gulls hawking insects over the grazing marsh. A Barn Owl was hunting on the NWT reserve and a Tawny Owl was heard at the Obs, with Grey and Pied Wagtails over calling. Ringing produced 66 birds and a notable movement of Blackcaps with 19 caught during the morning, as well as 10 Meadow Pipits, 9 Blue Tits, and 2 Lesser Whitethroats among the catch.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still 3.15pm by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle west of main footpath north of car park from 2nd gate
Norfolk 30+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 13th September 2019

 A balmy day of sunshine with a decreasing wind swinging into the north, seawatching was good early on with 17 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmars, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 68 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pom Skua, 7 Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie, 1 Little Tern, 17 Sandwich Terns, 13 Common Terns and a Med Gull all recorded. Around the reserves a notable arrival of Pink-feet took place throughout the day with over 762 birds passing through between 6am and 4pm, also of note were 2 Red Kites, 8 Buzzards, a Great White Egret, 20 Golden Plover, one Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, single Snipe, a Kingfisher, juvenile Peregrine hunting wildfowl over the marsh and Broadwater, a Lesser Whitethroat was trapped and ringed as was a single Tree Sparrow, with 2 Stonechats on the east bank.


Tree Sparrow Photo by Carol Mann

This was the first Tree Sparrow ringed at HBO since April 2013

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was still on the buddleias and Ruddy and Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were on the wing near the Observatory. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Painted Lady and Speckled Wood.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still 3pm by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Osprey Thetford flew north over The Nunnery early a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea this morning
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk 2+Curlew Sands y'day Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide in a'noon
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still midday by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station
Norfolk Great White Egret Thornham on saltmarsh
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew west past Sheringham
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still mid morning by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception hide
Norfolk Garganey Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew west past Kelling at c8.25am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 12th September 2019

A strong south-westerly breeze kept most birds' heads down today, but 70 Wigeon, 130 Teal and 12+ Shoveler were on the Broadwater, and on the sea 30 Common Scoters, 2 Great Crested Grebes, and 3 Sandwich Terns were of note. A Green Sandpiper and a Snipe were on the NWT pools and a Jay was in the dunes early morning.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia briefly and in the moth traps a Frosted Orange, Silver Y and Archer's Dart were among the species caught.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew north over Horsey this morning (+Turtle Dove 2.Whinchats)
Norfolk no sign of Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 1.20pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister at old railway line by golf course this morning +showing well
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Garganey Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Welney WWT just north of visitor centre flew over Lady Fen at 10.13am
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks (both juvs) Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.47am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water
Norfolk Whinchat Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on fence at 8.39am
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day just east of Wells 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 Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 11th September 2019

As usual the Great Egret was on the grazing Marsh, two Pintail were on the Broadwater and unusual for the reserve was a Treecreeper found in the roving tit flock in the pines at the rear of the Observatory. Two Eiders were just off shore mid morning and a Grey wagtail flew west along the dunes.

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Norfolk Spoonbill 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 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Blakeney Harbour at 9.28am

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 10th September 2019

A quieter day than was hoped, with ringing totals at only 20 new birds, though a 1CY Kingfisher was a nice surprise. Some signs of migration early morning with Swallows and House Martins moving west along the dunes with two Swifts also noted. A Great White Egret was again out on the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 3.16pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 3.13pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Happisburgh at old Coastwatch in elder
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Breydon Water from pumphouse on South Wall
Norfolk Clifden Nonpareil moth Cley
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER still this a'noon Blakeney Point in Plantation (for 2nd day). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER Blakeney Point in Plantation (+Whinchat). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male still Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk Common Crane y'day still Welney WWT
Norfolk 28.Common Cranes y'day still Welney WWT
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk probable Citrine Wagtail y'day Salthouse flew west over north end of Beach Road at dusk
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Salthouse at Gramborough Hill late evng
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still in tree from hide at 7.30am tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Titchwell RSPB +Purple Sand

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 9th September 2019

Highlights today included 8 Shelduck, 48 Wigeon, 28 Gadwall, 200+ Teal, 1 Pintail, 107 Common Scoters, 14 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 51 Golden Plover on the grazing marsh, 19 Black-tailed Godwits on the broadwater, a Greenshank, 10 Sandwich and 1 Common Tern, 7 Swifts were still present, with a Kingfisher noted, both Hobby and Peregrine were seen, with a Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechats and 3 Yellow Wagtails also recorded.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon over the pines - Holme Bird Obs, September 2019 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets y'day Burnham Norton still in a'noon with cattle
Norfolk Turtle Dove ad Titchwell RSPB still this morning
Norfolk 3.Whinchat Blakeney Freshes
Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB flew over car park
Norfolk Osprey Welney WWT flew south past main observatory at 11am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still flew over visitor centre at c10.40am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks (both juvs) y'day Cley NWT still at 7pm

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 8th September 2019

Northerlies today produced some migrants with a kettle of 16 Buzzards over Holme village, a Whimbrel, 1 Sand Martin, 12 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroats, a Pied Flycatcher trapped and ringed, a Redstart near the NWT hides, 5 Stonechats on the east bank, and 2 Yellow Wagtails over calling. Also of interest were 2 Great White Egrets, 40 Pintail offshore past the NWT early morning, 75 Black-tailed Godwits, an Arctic Skua, 2 Kingfishers, Barn and Tawny Owl.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Green-veined White and Painted Lady, with a Humming-bird Hawk Moth visiting the buddleia.

 

Pied Flycatcher ringed at Holme Bird Observatory - photo by Theo de Clermont

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sidestrand
Norfolk Little Stint Mundesley on beach briefly this morning then flew NW
Norfolk Scaup flew past Sheringham
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad again. Y'day Great White Egret
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Welney WWT still +Common Crane
Norfolk 34.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 still at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk Curlew Sand 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 Icterine or Melodious Warbler Wells Woods in birches just south of toilet block briefly mid morning
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley flew west past beach car park at c7.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in meadow at 7.30am then flew towards Buckenham
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Skuas y'day Cley flew west past beach car park 6pm-6.40pm (+4.juv.Black Terns)

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 7th September 2019

Seawatching continued throughout the day producing 15 Teal, 34 Common Scoter 23 Fulmars, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 160 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, one Pom Skua, 40 Arctic Skuas, 33 Bonxies, 29 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and 2 Med Gulls. A Spotted Redshank and 68+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the NWT reserve, with 12 Spoonbills also reported there.

Ringing included 42 birds with two juvenile Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats and 3 Blackcaps among the catch.

In the moth traps a Feathered Gothic was the highlight.

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Norfolk Sooty S'water Cley flew west past beach car park 6am-8.40am
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells 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 Black Tern juv flew east past West Runton this morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk 32.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 still at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv flew past Sheringham (+juv.Black Tern)
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew past beach car park 6am-9am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 1+Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Cley flew west past beach car park 10.10-10.15am
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 8.25am

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 6th September 2019

Highlights today included an Osprey in off the sea and heading south over the grazing marshes mid afternoon, a Great White Egret seen briefly near the village hides, 7 Great Skuas passing offshore, and a Hobby hunting low over the Observatory and east bank.

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Norfolk 2.Ospreys y'day Ranworth Broad
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB from Roost Hide at 12.54pm +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley flew past beach car park
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w flew west past Cromer

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 5th September 2019

Sea watching this morning produced a total of 33 Common Scoter, 29 Gannet, 27 Arctic and 22 Great Skua's, 14 Great Crested Grebes, two Manx Shearwater and a single Red-throated Diver. On the grazing marsh there was a Great White Egret, a Whinchat in the dunes and 3 Spoonbills in Thornham Harbour. A Humming bird Hawk-moth was again on the Buddleia next to the Obs building.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv again Cley on sea off beach car park at c11am
Norfolk reported possible Pacific Golden Plover Cley NWT in Eye Field is a Golden Plover
Norfolk possible Pacific Golden Plover reported Cley NWT in Eye Field mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT still on Richardson Scrape
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe flew west past Weybourne at 7.05am
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Cley flew west past beach car park 7.30-10.15am +3.Sooty S'waters flew west

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 4th September 2019

Highlights for a rather quiet day overall were a Great white Egret early morning , a single Swift, fifty Golden Plover over the grazing Marsh, a Greenshank and 60 Black-tailed Godwits on the Broadwater.

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Norfolk c45.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 2pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT again
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water still
Norfolk 4.Garganey Cley flew west past beach car park

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 3rd September 2019

A short sea watch early morning produced five Gannet, two Eider and three Little Terns. On the NWT reserve track pool early morning there were eight Spoonbills, with three more noted on the Broadwater.

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Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Deepdale in cattle field at 1.28pm
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.47am +2.Whinchats. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 1+Spoonbill Burnham Norton at 11.03am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.37am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Deepdale at 10.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day just east of Wells 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 Black-throated Diver ad Cley flew east past beach car park at 8.32am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB again on pits at 7.39am

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 1st September 2019

On the today a Black-throated Diver flew past east, 18 Common Scoters were offshore, 27 Sandwich and 29 Common Terns were recorded, a single Gannet and a Razorbill were also of note. A Kingfisher was at the NWT hides. Four Spoonbills were on the grazing marsh.

A Pale Eggar, 2 White Points, 2 Frosted Oranges, a Poplar Hawk and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth were recorded.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer on beach this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still this morning
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Welney WWT still this a'noon
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Friends Hide
Norfolk Osprey west of Titchwell RSPB over dunes at Thornham at 11.20am
Norfolk 3+Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still +38.Spoonbills
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT again mid morning on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 61.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen at 10.30am
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands y'day Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew east past Holme at c8.28am
Norfolk 2+Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still early morning +Wood Sand
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT till 8.15am on Pat's Pool then flew west over West Bank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT again on Pat's Pool

AGM THANKYOU

A huge THANKYOU to everyone who came and took part in our AGM yesterday. The meeting was well attended and as always the Village Hall was an excellent venue for our annual members' get together. The meeting was followed by some very good refreshments!

Thanks to everyone for their support and we look forward to seeing you on our reserves in the coming twelve months!

From all at NOA

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 30th August 2019

On the sea today 3 Common Scoters were offshore, with 80 Sandwich and 140 Common Terns resting on the beach near Thornham during the afternoon. Three Wigeon were on the Broadwater and 7 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff also flew through, while on the Golf Course 2 Whinchats and 4 Stonechats were of note, and 2 Grey and 3 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Today's moths included another Poplar Hawk Moth, a Spectacle, White-lined Dart, Six-striped Rustic, Ruby Tiger and White Point.

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Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT from visitor centre
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Garganey 3.Gt.W.Egrets Spoonbill. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4+Whinchats Horsey Gap at east end of Nelson Head Track
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Weybourne at 7pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Horsey on coast path by southern steps to seal viewing area at 12.30pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still from sea wall west of path this morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Sidestrand on beach
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB over reception
Norfolk 6+Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +6.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sidestrand on cliff briefly +juv.Caspian Gull flew west
Norfolk Osprey Heacham flew south over South Beach at 7.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 29th August 2019

A Pied Flycatcher was still in the pines during the morning. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, a Whinchat along Thornham Bank, and 3+ Stonechats on the East Bank.

A Grayling was seen in the pines and moths of interest in the traps included a Rosy Wave, Gold Spot, Latticed Heath, and a Poplar Hawk Moth.

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Norfolk 2.Ruddy Shelducks Breydon Water from South Wall
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide mid a'noon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 4+Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide this a'noon
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton +Osprey flew east at 1.40pm +47.Spoonbills
Norfolk 26.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk 53.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen from coast path at 1.02pm
Norfolk Little Gull 2w Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 12.50pm
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills 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 Wryneck Winterton North Dunes still in birch clump west of highest dune 25yds from fence
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 10.12am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +4.Wood Sands still
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Titchwell RSPB in grazing meadow
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys y'day Holme Dunes
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still on Autumn Trail
Norfolk 1+Wood Sand on Tuesday flew east over Holme Dunes at 4.38pm
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +2.Great White Egrets still. 6.Spoonbills still Thornham Marsh +Spotted Redshank still

NOA AGM THIS SATURDAY 3PM HOLME VILLAGE HALL

Don't forget it's our Annual General Meeting and review of the year this Saturday afternoon at Holme Village Hall. The event is at 3pm and is open to all our members. It will be followed by refreshments. Please do come along and find out the latest developments at NOA, and our plans for the future.

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 28th August 2019

On the sea today 14 Common Scoter were of note, together with 4 Little Terns, 86 Sandwich Terns and 13 Common Terns. Elsewhere 7 Avocets, 2 Whimbrel, 44 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Green Sandpipers were among the waders of interest, with a Whinchat, 5 Stonechats, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Tree Pipit and a Lesser Whitethroat also recorded.

Highlights in the moth traps included a Gothic, Rusty-dot Pearl and Humming-bird Hawk Moth.

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 26th August 2019

Highlights today included 6 Whimbrel over calling, 29 Black-tailed Godwits on the Broadwater, one Common and 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT reserve, a Greenshank, one Med Gull, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, 12 Reed Warblers, around the pines 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Pied Flycatchers and 2 Redstarts, and along the east bank 3+ Stonechats.

Moth highlights included Humming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia and a Poplar Hawk Moth in the traps.

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Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 3.53pm +2.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wryneck Horsey midway along Nelson Head track by gate at 1.45pm
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton North Dunes c100yds south of totem pole at 3.25pm (3.Pied Flys in South Valley this morning)
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Trimingham Church
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys between Horsey Gap +Winterton North Dunes 8am-1pm
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Stiffkey along belt of sycamores near static caravans at campsite at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 12.24pm on west side from Tower Hide
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney Point in plantation at 11am
Norfolk 5+Pied Flys Winterton Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool then flew towards freshmarsh +Pied Fly in car park
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 5.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 8am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills 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 Dotterel y'day Salthouse flew west over Gramborough Hill in evng (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on grazing meadow briefly early morning then flew west +Quail singing still +2.Whinchats
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump at level crossing by white house
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on west side of north end of Lady Anne's Drive at 9.06am
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump flew in off sea on west side
Norfolk Whinchat Brancaster on suaeda behind car park at 7.25am
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB along road near toilets +2.Curlew Sands 2.Spotted Redshanks Great White Egret

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 25th August 2019

Another very warm and sunny day, a Great White Egret was feeding on the Broadwater first thing, and 600+ Golden Plover were flying around above Thornham Harbour, with 18 Whimbrel flying over calling during the day, 10 Black-tailed Godwits counted, single Common and Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools, 2 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 8 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 15 Reed Warblers, 3 Pied Flycatchers were still in the pines behind the Observatory during the day and 4 Stonechats were also of note.

Ringing produced a total of 29 birds for the day including a Garden Warbler and a juvenile male Stonechat.

In the moth traps highlights were 12 Archer's Darts, a Rosy Rustic, a Beautiful Plume, 2 White Points, a Rusty-Dot Pearl and on the buddleias a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was also of note.

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Norfolk Pied Fly Old Hunstanton in scrub on north side of golf course +Black Redstart
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Whinchats south of Horsey Gap between pillbox +Nelson Head Track at 3.20pm
Norfolk Whinchat Salthouse east of Gramborough Hill along posts at 3.07pm
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew over Bowthorpe towards Colney early a'noon
Norfolk Dark Crimson Underwing moth Great Yarmouth trapped overnight
Norfolk Quail Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad in trees on NW side at 12.21pm
Norfolk 4.Pied Flys Warham Greens at Garden Drove near copse at north end at 7.15am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk report of Turtle Doves y'day Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe Marshes was erroneous
Norfolk 28.Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.04am +Curlew Sand Little Stint
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide early morning
Norfolk 26+Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.23am
Norfolk 4.Pied Flys east of Titchwell along footpath to Brancaster West Beach
Norfolk 20+Wood Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT from Dauke's Hide +5.Wood Sands
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation at 8.58am
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Holme behind bird observatory at 8.10am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 24th August 2019

Some early autumn migrants arriving including 20 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper around the Broadwater and 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools. A Greenshank, 26 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Snipe were also of interest. On the sea 5 Little Terns, 102 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns and 4 Arctic Terns were counted, with 12 Gannets passing offshore. A single Spotted Flycatcher and 3+ Pied Flycatchers were in the pines during the afternoon with 4 Whinchats (one at the west end of the dunes and 3 near Thornham Harbour), a Wheatear, 7+ Yellow Wagtails over calling and a single Crossbill also noted.

In the moth traps a Frosted Orange was new for the year, with a Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 White Points, 4 White-lined Darts and 3 Square-spot Rustics also of interest among the catch.

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Norfolk 3.Whinchats Thornham SW of coal barn from coast path this morning
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Great White Egret flew over. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 2.45pm Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes Welney WWT from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 1.23pm Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Quail male singing Salthouse near Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 12.48pm Cley on sea off beach car park tho elusive
Norfolk Pied Fly Kelling on Meadow Lane by copse this morning. 3.Whinchats north of pool
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still Cley on sea off beach car park early morning then flew north
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.25am +Whinchat
Norfolk Pied Fly Cley NWT by path to Dauke's Hide at 11.10am
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Blakeney in willows by track opposite Manor Hotel late morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Brancaster east of car park in bushes by beach huts at 10.43am
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Heacham just south of South Beach Road at north end of chalets at 8.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse at Gramborough Hill +Whinchat
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holme NWT +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 23rd August 2019

A fairly steady steam of migrants and interest with 51 birds ringed. Highlights from ringing included 3 Stonechats, 7 Sedge Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers, 4 Willow Warblers, Blackcap, 4 Whitethroats and 4 Chiffchaffs whilst overhead waders included 2 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, at least 30 Whimbrels, 96 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Snipe, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Spoonbills, Great White Egret, 25 Meadow Pipits and a large numbers of gulls anting - at least 5 Mediterranean Gulls were with them. Swallows were present in the morning and evening with several hundred throughout the day and a Tawny Owl was heard in the pines late afternoon.

Offshore were 3 Arctic Skuas, 66 Sandwich Terns, 18 Comomn Terns, 6 Gannets and 13 Common Scoters and the best of the moth traps included Gold Spot, 2 White-points, 4 Silver Ys, Iron Prominent and Six-striped Rustic.


A young male Stonechat after processing - Holme Bird Obs, August 2019

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Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still late a'noon Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly Weybourne flew east at end of Mill Lane by bramble patches this evng
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2+Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still west of track to sea wall this a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Kelling Quags on fence shingle ridge on north side at 3.20pm
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 2.30pm Cley on sea off coastguards car park
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 1.20pm Cley on sea off coastguards car park
Norfolk probable Great Northern Diver flew west past Cley 7.30-11am
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still this a'noon Cley on sea off coastguards car park +showing well
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton Dunes NNR
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad Winterton Dunes NNR offshore at 12.25pm
Norfolk 1,960.Med Gulls Breydon Water RSPB this morning
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls Cromer on beach this morning
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still Cley on sea off coastguards car park +showing well
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Salthouse at Meadow Lane by cattle
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still in reedbed +juv.Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank still +Turtle Dove flew over

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 22nd August 2019

Seawatching today produced 2 Eider, 12 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 94 Sandwich and 18 Common Terns, while around the recording area 2 Stonechats were along the east bank, a Med Gull flew over the grazing marsh and a Yellow Wagtail flew over the pines calling.

In the moth traps a Rush Veneer, White Point and Small Wainscot were the highlights.

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Norfolk Pom Skua subad dark morph Cley flew west past beach car park at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Kelling Quags
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 10.40am Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Clifden Nonpareil moth Titchwell RSPB on display in visitor centre
Norfolk Whinchat Waxham at Poplar Farm
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton at plantation
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 9.42am Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 9.24am Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad on Tuesday Cromer on beach
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv again Cley on sea off beach car park at 8.47am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Aylsham in garden at 6.20am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 19th August 2019

Seawatching again today produced 2 Eiders, 100 Common Terns, 37 Sandwich Terns, 24 Little Terns, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone and 823 Knot. Between the Observatory and Thornham Harbour 86 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 27 House Martins, 2 Swifts, 3 Snipe, one Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Barnacle Geese, 2 Barn Owls, 2 juvenile Med Gulls, a juvenile Whinchat, 4 Stonechats and 21 Golden Plover were of note, while around the NWT reserve 94 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Ruff were noted.

A good range of insects included Ruddy Darter, Migrant Hawker, Small Copper, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, and in the moth traps White Point, White-line Dart, Rosy Minor, Drinker, Angle Shades, Yellow-tail, Nutmeg and Archer's Dart were among the records.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 12.58pm +ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Guillemot Cley on sea by beach car park at 12.59pm
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +18.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on Lady Fen
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB at high tide +Little Stint Curlew Sand 11.Spotted Redshanks Turtle Dove juv.Whinchat

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 18th August 2019

There was plenty of activity on the sea again today with 8 Teal, 2 Eiders, 7 Common Scoters, 7 Fulmars, 8 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, a single Arctic Skua, 5 Little Terns, 72 Sandwich Terns and 44 Common Terns counted early morning. A Whimbrel, 160 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were of note around the NWT pools, and a marked passage of hirundines dominated by Sand Martins could be seen perching on the fences on the grazing marsh, with 45+ Sand Martins, 21 Swallows and 4 House Martins counted but many more probably passing through during the day. Also of interest were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 8 Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, a Stonechat and 3 Bullfinches.

In the moth traps a Coast Dart was of particular interest with 42 species recorded, also including a Rusty-dot Pearl, Willow Beauty, Dusky Sallow, 4 White Points, 2 Straw Underwings, a Copper Underwing, Pale Prominent and Scarce Footman.

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Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 12+Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers' Way +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret between Ongar Hill +Admiralty Point (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly fem still Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Weybourne
Norfolk 2+Whinchats Cley NWT by fence east of beach car park at 8.30am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Snettisham RSPB at 10.30am