Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 16th July 2019

Two Red Kites were circling west of Thornham Harbour mid afternoon. Four Barnacle Geese and at least 7 Little Egrets were still around the Broadwater.

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Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Felbrigg Hall NT at lake at 12.45pm
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk Black Tern again Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 15th July 2019

On the sea today 100 Common Scoter were seen with a Gannet passing offshore and 2 Little Terns, a Common Tern and 100 Sandwich Terns, together with at least one Med Gull. Waders in the recording area included 2 Whimbrel over calling, 12 Curlew on the beach and 12 Black-tailed Godwits passing, with 75 Bar-tailed Godwits and 200 Knot also of interest. A Barn Owl was hunting first thing and a single Bearded Tit was in the reeds near the NOA entrance. A Spoonbill was also of note.

In the moth traps a Buff Footman and the first Garden Tiger of the summer were the highlights.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 14th July 2019

A Hobby flew low over the pines at lunch time and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the NWT pools. Sadly there was no further sign of the Red-backed Shrike in the dunes. A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a juvenile Tawny Owl were heard in the pines, with a Grasshopper still reeling near the entrance gate.

Moths included Oak Eggar, Drinker, Pine, Small Elephant, Poplar and Eyed Hawk Moths, and a Shore Wainscot among the other species of note.

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Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Thornham harbour again in channel at 8.40am
Norfolk no sign of male.Red-backed Shrike Holme east of Gore Point
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills (2.juvs) Cley NWT at north end of The Serpentine at 8.56am

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 13th July 2019

A big thankyou to everyone who came to take part in our moth day!

 


 A total of 98 species were recorded including Privet, Pine, Eyed and Poplar Hawk Moth, Peppered Moth, Buff-tip, Oak Eggar, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Silky Wainscot, Rosy Footman, Kent Black Arches, Fern, Archer's and White-lined Darts, Swallowtail, Ruby Tiger, Sand Dart, and Small Emerald.

Don't forget, join us at Hempton Marsh on Saturday 20th July for our next moth day!!

Birds included a Gannet over the sea wall, 4 Barnacle Geese on the Broadwater, a Great White Egret, Spoonbill, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, a single Black-tailed Godwit and an Eider on the sea. A Yellow Wagtail flew over calling and at least 6 Whimbrel were passing over. A Red-backed Shrike was in the dunes on the NWT reserve during the afternoon.


Red-backed Shrike Holme Dunes NWT, Photo by Cat Buck

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Norfolk Little Gull 1s flew west past Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 10.05am at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end (+11.Spoonbills still +4.Garganey still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes near tin hut at 8am (+7.Spoonbills still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 12th July 2019

A Greenshank was on the NWT reserve and a male Stonechat was near the Obs mid afternoon.

A busy day for moths, with 2 Privet Hawks, a Pine Hawk, Marbled Coronet, Buff Arches, 3 Kent Black Arches, a Tawny Barred Angle, a Lappet, Peppered Moth and Swallowtail among the catch.

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Norfolk Garganey ad.drk Cley NWT still mid a'noon on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still mid a'noon at Potter Heigham Marshes (+c16.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull ad just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance mid a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still by sea wall north of sluice with cattle this a'noon
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 10.36am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still near car park at 10.41am
Norfolk Garganey ad.drk Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 9.32am +1s.Little Gull still

HOLME BIRD OBSERVATORY MOTH DAY SATURDAY 13TH JULY 10AM START

Come and join us for moths galore at Holme Bird Observatory, where we will be emptying three traps starting at 10am. Its a free event and everyone is welcome.

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 11th July 2019

Highlights today included a flock of 60+ Black-tailed Godwits on the NWT reserve and 2 Gannets past offshore. A juvenile Cuckoo was of interest and 2 Spoonbills were in Thornham Harbour.

In the moth traps Pine, Elephant and Poplar Hawk were among the many species caught, with a Dingy Shell an unusual find for the site, and Kent Black Arches and Peppered Moth also of interest.

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Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret east of Burnham Overy Staithe with cattle this a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.05pm
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad flew west past Weybourne Camp 5.30-7.30am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 9.16am +1s.Little Gull still
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.12am (+Spoonbill still)

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 8th July 2019

Waders were the highlight today with a total of 16 Whimbrel over west, 17 Black-tailed Godwits over lavender marsh and a Greenshank along the Broadwater calling mid afternoon. A Spoonbill was of note from the Car Park Hide and 4 Barnacle Geese of unknown origin were also seen on the Broadwater. Two Cuckoos were on the NWT reserve and a juvenile Lesser Whitethroat was among 16 trapped and ringed at the Observatory

Moth highlights were a Plain Golden Y and a True Lover's Knot caught today.



True Lover's Knot (top) and Plain Golden Y (bottom)

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Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes by sea wall with cattle mid a'noon
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still mid a'noon on Pat's Pool +2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits juv.Spoonbill
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cromer still on pier at 3pm
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 1pm at Potter Heigham Marshes from river bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still this a'noon on Pat's Pool
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad again Cley NWT east of East Bank near The Serpentine early a'noon
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser Yellowlegs Cley NWT on Pat's Pool (but Curlew Sand Black Tern)
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Cley NWT at 7.40am +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Great White Egret Woodbastwick flew over Ferry Road
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes (+16.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE

HOLME VILLAGE GARDENS SUNDAY 7TH JULY 2019

Thankyou to everyone who came to see the moth trapping at Eastgate Cottage yesterday, where Privet, Eyed, Elephant and Small Elephant Hawk were among the moths on display, with Emperor and Eyed Hawk caterpillars also much admired and a Black-neck in the trap emptied at 2pm.


 
Photos by Cat Buck

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 6th July 2019

A dull day with rain mid morning until early afternoon. A Whimbrel, single Green Sandpiper and Greenshank were all recorded and on the sea 2 Common Scoters, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, a Little Tern and 4 Sandwich Terns were of note, with an adult Med Gull at the east end of Holme village and a Cetti's Warbler near the entrance gate to the NWT reserve.

In the moth traps, a Small Elephant Hawk, Pine, Poplar and 2 Privet Hawks were caught.

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Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide +8.Spotted Redshanks PE31 8BB
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cromer still by pier
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 2.35pm at Potter Heigham Marshes in NE corner (+13+Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still mid a'noon at Potter Heigham Marshes from near The Holt. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 10+Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance at 12.30pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk possible Greater Sand Plover 1s Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at c9.45am with Golden Plover
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes mid morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes (+Cattle Egret still +2.Garganey Little Gull 16.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Cley NWT: 6.on Simmonds' Scrape, 1.on Pat's Pool, 1.flew west
Norfolk no news on Black-winged Stilts 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 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +3+Spotted Redshanks Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) PE31 8BB

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 5th July 2019

On the sea today a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmars and 4 Gannets were of note together with 4 Little and 4 Sandwich Terns passing. A flock of 20 Curlews flew east and 3 young Marsh Harriers were around the grazing marsh mid afternoon.

The moth traps were the highlight, with 80+ species recorded including 3 Beautiful Hook-tips, 4 Ferns, 2 Small Magpies, a Breckland Plume, 2 Rosy Waves, 4 Swallowtails, 1 Pine Hawk, a Pale Prominent, Poplar and Elephant Hawk, Archer's Dart, Kent Black Arches, 2 Privet Hawks and a Peach Blossom all recorded.

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Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still late a'noon at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 3.19pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT again on Pat's Pool briefly
Norfolk Honey Buzzard near Fakenham flew SW over Pensthorpe Natural Park at 1.05pm. Reserve open 10am-5pm. Entry £11.95 NR21 0LN
Norfolk no news on ad.Lesser Yellowlegs Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT again 9.50am offshore
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT till c8.55am on Arnold's Marsh then flew off
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes 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 TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 8.20am
Norfolk Little Gull 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 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh +Spotted Redshank still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 7am (+17.Spoonbills still +4.Garganey still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE

HOLME VILLAGE OPEN GARDENS SUNDAY 7TH JULY 11-5.30PM


HOLME VILLAGE GARDENS:

The NOA will be moth trapping as usual at Eastgate Cottage as part of Holme Open Gardens - full details are on the events page of our website.

The garden will be open from 11am-5.30pm with moths and caterpillars on display, so do call and have a look as part of your tour of Holme.

There is a small charge for access to the garden, and proceeds go to the local church group

Thankyou!

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 4th July 2019


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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad still 2.05pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Felbrigg Hall NT at lake in trees in SW corner
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves just NE of Dereham in garden at Neatherd
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills (1.juv) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes tho distant (+13.Spoonbills still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 6.45am PE31 8BB

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 2nd July 2019

A good catch of moths today, with a total of 4 Privet Hawk Moths, an Eyed Hawk Moth and 2 Small Elephant Hawk moths the main highlights.

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Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 1.45pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad still 1.50pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 12.22pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey again on flood south of A149 at 11.44am TF.978.436
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still 11am just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 10.19am
Norfolk Caspian Gull (metal-ringed) juv Sidestrand on beach
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance at 8.39am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+2.Spotted Redshank Little Gull Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)) PE31 8BB

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 1st July 2019

Four Spoonbills North over the observatory late afternoon were very much the best of todays birds.

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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad still 2.30pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide PE31 8BB
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk no news on Lesser Yellowlegs Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide since 9.25am PE31 8BB
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still 12.18pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 15.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen at 10.35am
Norfolk no sign of Squacco Heron just NE of Stiffkey on flood south of A149 by 10.15am TF.978.436
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad still 9.25am Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide +showing well PE31 8BB
Norfolk no news on Squacco Heron just NE of Stiffkey on flood south of A149 TF.978
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide at 8.52am
Norfolk Cattle Egret flew west over Sidestrand at 7.38am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again then flew west
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Spotted Redshank still) PE31 8BB

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 30th June 2019

A milder day with a strong westerly breeze, a Red Kite drifted along Green Bank in the afternoon, and on the sea 3 Fulmars, a Gannet, 2 Little Terns, 161 Sandwich Terns, and 3 Common Terns were seen. A Cuckoo was around the Broadwater and a Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling, with a Turtle Dove near the entrance to Redwell Marsh paddock.

In the moth traps 70 species included Privet Hawk Moth, Lappet, Red-necked Footman, Beautiful Hook Tip, Archers and White-lined Darts.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still mid a'noon on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 3pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly Norwich in Lakenham in garden on Rowington Road at 11.30am NR1 3RR
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS again 2.20pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 1.15pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk Hen Harrier reported Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk no further sign of Lesser Yellowlegs Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by 12.30pm
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 12.50pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle by sea wall at 11am
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey again c12.30pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk no further sign of Squacco Heron just NE of Stiffkey on flood south of A149 11.30 -11.55am TF.978.436
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 10.20am on flood south of A149 +showing well TF.978.436
Norfolk BLACK STORK Titchwell RSPB flew east over car park at 9.55am PE31 8BB
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 9.45am on flood south of A149 then flew to long grass +lost to view TF.978.436
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey again 9.31am on flood south of A149
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ENE of Stiffkey at Stiffkey Fen mid morning then flew towards Morston
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey on flood south of A149 at 8.15am +showing well
Norfolk again no sign of Squacco Heron Cley NWT by 7am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+6.Spotted Redshanks. 14.Spoonbills Thornham Marsh)

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 29th June 2019

A melting day with temperatures reaching 30 degrees. On the sea 2 Gannets, 7 Little Terns, 67 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were offshore with an adult Med Gull on the sea. Seven Black-tailed Godwits were around the NWT pools and a Hobby soared over the Observatory late morning, with a tit flock in the pines which included a Treecreeper. Two Grasshopper Warblers were still present and a family of 4+ Stonechats were along the east bank.

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Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still 3pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON till c2.20pm Cley NWT west of West Bank then flew west +appeared to land on Blakeney Point
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 2.10pm Cley NWT west of West Bank
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still c2pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Black Tern 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON till c1.55pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape then flew to Cricket Marsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 1.50pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape. Permits available from visitor centre
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT this a'noon
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 1.30pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape then flushed +flew out of view
Norfolk Honey Buzzard midway between Wells +Stiffkey flew inland at 10.30am
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 1.10pm Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end briefly tho distant
Norfolk Black Tern Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this a'noon
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 1.05pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still this a'noon Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end
Norfolk no news on Lesser Yellowlegs Titchwell RSPB since mid morning
Norfolk no news on Squacco Heron Cley NWT since 10.40am
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 10.40am Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 9.45am Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 9.40am Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON Cley NWT flew east then west past Daukes' Hide then landed at Cricket Marsh at 9.25am
Norfolk 8+Spoonbills 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 TG.436.195
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still mid morning Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Wood Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +7.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Quail male singing y'day New Buckenham Common
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 28th June 2019

A day of change with cool cloudy conditions giving way to glorious sunshine. A Red Kite drifted east along the A149 coast road, and a summer plumage Dunlin, 19 Black-tailed Godwits and 18 Curlew were noted on the grazing marsh.

Many Painted Ladies continued to arrive with 25+ recorded during the day, together with several Silver Y moths.

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Norfolk unconfirmed report of Bee-eater Holt at Spout Hill Pond
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide at 9.56am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Cley NWT tho mobile

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 27th June 2019

A quiet day, the highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler at the east end of the reserve. 40+ Painted Ladies and 10+ Silver Y moths were around on the wing. A Small Copper was also seen.

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Norfolk Corncrake male singing Welney WWT still
Norfolk Quail male singing y'day west of Norwich in field near Royal Norfolk Showground in morning (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide at 8.45am
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich at Westlegate at 8am

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 26th June 2019

A Green Sandpiper and four Whimbrels were the best of note today with at least one vocal Grasshopper Warbler still present on the reserves.

Grasshopper Warbler - Holme Bird Obs

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Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen at 11.15am
Norfolk 20.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance at 12.45pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Puffins flew east past Sheringham at 6.15am
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still 1.30pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide (+1s.Little Gull still)
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills 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 TG.436.195
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide at 10.55am (+1s.Little Gull still)
Norfolk SUBALPINE WARBLER sp fem reported y'day 1ml east of Emneth at Emneth Hungate in garden briefly midday
Norfolk 2.Corncrakes (both males) singing recently Welney WWT in evng: 1.just east of Welney village by path along River Delph NE of A1101 TL.540.937, 1.by path 1/2ml SW of visitor centre TL.529.938
Norfolk Spoonbill on Sunday Snettisham RSPB in evng

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 25th June 2019

On the sea six Eider were noteworthy and Hobby, Common Sandpiper and four Whimbrel were noted on and around the reserve. The moth trap held in excess of fifty species which included Small Elephant and Privet Hawk Moths.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT at Lady Fen by road north of visitor centre this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still 12.56pm on freshmarsh. Curlew Sand from Island Hide
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.45pm Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Reedbed in dead tree then flew to reeds PE31 8BB
Norfolk 19.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance at 12.35pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) ad.fem Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide at 11.30am
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 8am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Reedbed in dead tree at 7.03am PE31 8BB
Norfolk Quail male singing Northrepps at 5.45am

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 24th June 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 90 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, single Gannet, 5 Little Terns, 3 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were noted, while around the recording area 3 Med Gulls (one 2nd Summer), 3 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Stonechats were of interest.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on bugloss flowers near the Obs and 25+ Painted Ladies were on the site, with Poplar Hawk Moth, Beautiful Hook-tip, Peppered Moth, and a Dunbar in the traps.

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Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB west of tidal pool tho distant
Norfolk 19.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this morning. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool late morning
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.53am (+Wood Sand)
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets flew west over Blakeney Point late morning
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB over Patsy's Reedbed in front of dead trees mid morning PE31 8BB
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 23rd June 2019

On the sea today an Eider, 35 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 4 Gannets, 4 Little Terns, 43 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were of interest. A Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Green Sandpipers were around the grazing marsh and 2 Cuckoos, a Kingfisher, and a male Stonechat were also of interest.

In the moth traps a Privet Hawk Moth was the star, and Black-tailed Skimmer, Painted Lady, Common Blue and Small Heath were also seen.


Privet Hawk Moth by Cat Buck

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Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool mid a'noon
Norfolk Purple Heron ad again mid a'noon Titchwell RSPB flew over reeds behind dead trees PE31 8BB
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Teal Hide at 2.30pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by windpump late morning +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. 10.Spoonbills Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB flew over reeds behind dead trees at 11.12am PE31 8BB
Norfolk 17.Spoonbills 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 TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.BEE-EATERS Northrepps at Hungry Hill flew east over Shrieking Pit mid morning

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 22nd June 2019

A Red Kite drifted over east and on the sea a Fulmar, 11 Little Terns and 27 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Stonechat was on the east bank and a Grasshopper Warbler reeling along Broadwater Road early morning. A Willow Warbler singing near the Richardson Hide was unusual for the time of year.

It was a good day for dragonflies, with Southern Hawker, Four-spot Chaser and Ruddy Darter all on the wing on the reserve. Several Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, a Brimstone, Brown Argus and Small Heath were among the butterflies recorded.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by windpump at 3pm +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Winterton North Dunes on 1st toad pool just beyond concrete blocks this a'noon +2.Red-veined Darters
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB east of Patsy's Pool in dead tree at 12.20pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.50am
Norfolk Garganey drk y'day Welney WWT still from Friends Hide +Cattle Egret from main observatory

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 21st June 2019

A Barn Owl was hunting near Thornham Harbour in the afternoon, and 14 Black-tailed Godwits flew over the grazing marsh.

Two Eyed Hawk Moths were in the moth traps.

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Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide late a'noon
Norfolk 17.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 3pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still late a'noon on tidal pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still 2.38pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool (+2.fem.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) still on Simmonds' Scrape)
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still mid a'noon Cley NWT on Pat's Pool (+1s.Little Gull still)
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Strumpshaw Fen RSPB circled over Meadow Trail at 12.21pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich on Surrey Street briefly
Norfolk Spotted Crake male singing last night Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in flight behind Patsy's Pool at 9.40am PE31 8BB
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing y'day Norwich at All Saints Green still in morning
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (both juvs) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk y'day still Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide in evng (+1s.Little Gull 5.Spoonbills

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 20th June 2019

Highlights today, included an Otter on the Broadwater, a Spoonbill West, two Spotted Redshanks and a Greenshank. On the sea two Eider and a Kittiwake were also noteworthy.

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Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes this a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still mid a'noon Titchwell RSPB in flight over reedbed PE31 8BB
Norfolk Quail male singing Weybourne still this a'noon north of windmill in large field west of track near pill box
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still 1.55pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 8.30am then flew east
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hide this morning
Norfolk 16.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.08am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT at 8.40am: 3.on North Scrape, 1.flew east over Eye Field
Norfolk Quail male singing Weybourne north of windmill in large field west of track
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in dead tree in reedbed PE31 8BB

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 19th June 2019

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Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 1.50pm Titchwell RSPB flew over Patsy's Reedbed PE31 8BB
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.07pm Titchwell RSPB flew to SE corner PE31 8BB
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide at 11.15am
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB by dead trees at Patsy's Pool at 9.40am PE31 8BB
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (1.ad) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.54am +ad.fem Continental Black-tailed Godwit (colour-ringed) still
Norfolk Spotted Crake male singing Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +6.Spotted Redshanks

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 18th June 2019

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s still late morning Cromer on beach
Norfolk no news on male.Lesser Grey Shrike Horsey north of Nelson Head Track 200yds west of green shed NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) ad.fem Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide at 9.51am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.48am. 1s.Little Gull on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh still. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water +Spoonbill
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cromer on beach
Norfolk 6+Spoonbills y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes late evng. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 17th June 2019


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Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem y'day Horsey north of Nelson Head Track 200yds west of green shed NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk Quail Weybourne Camp +Spoonbill flew west
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still just south of dunes with cattle near boardwalk at 9.30am
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still Horsey north of Nelson Head Track 200yds west of green shed tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB: 3.on freshmarsh, 3.on Thornham Marsh

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 16th June 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 25 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, 3 Gannets, 25 Little Terns, 66 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were recorded. A Great White Egret flew west over the grazing marsh and 2 adult Med Gulls were still vocal around the Broadwater, with Blackcap, 3 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers singing on the reserve and a male Stonechat on the east bank.

27 coccinea Early Marsh Orchids were counted around the Obs pond, with 4 Southern Marsh Orchids near the Broadwater Hide, and 4 Pyramidal Orchids along the northern fence line east of the Obs. In the moth traps a stunning Elephant Hawk Moth, Pale Mottled Willow, Spectacle and 21 Diamond Backs were among the catch, and 15+ Painted Ladies were still around the reserve with 2 Brown Argus and 2 Small Heath also noted.

 Lillies out on the pond

 Early Marsh Orchid Coccinea variety at the pond

 Painted Lady on Viper's Bugloss

 Elephant Hawk Moth in trap


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Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still 3.30pm Horsey north of Nelson Head Track NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Burnham Norton flew east over track at c3.10pm
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes again with cattle viewed from coast path
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still this a'noon Horsey north of Nelson Head Track tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Burnham Overy flew west at 1.40pm
Norfolk 10+Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.55pm Titchwell RSPB in flight at East Trail PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hide
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in reedbed at East Trail at 11am PE31 8BB
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still mid morning Horsey north of Nelson Head Track tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still: 2.on Thornham Marsh, 3.on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end early morning
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still Horsey north of Nelson Head Track 200yds west of green shed at 5.45am NR29 4AD