Holme Bird Observatory (Header)

This is a polite reminder to all our members that our subscription rates have increased from 1st January. If you pay by standing order and have not yet done so, please amend your standing order to the new rate. More details can be found here. We are small charity reliant on the generosity of our supporters through membership subscriptions and donations. Why not become a member. For a minimum of £25 you can get all the benefits of being a member of the NOA. Just click the button on the right below. Or, if you would like to support us with a donation, it is very easy to do through our portal at VirginMoneyGiving. Just click the button on the right to go to our dedicated page. Thank you.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES TO RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020

We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Thursday 19th October 2017

Another day of good visual migration including a Great White Egret and 11 Grey Herons west, 6 Snipe, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Bearded Tits, 1 Sand Martin, 20 Swallows, 5 Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2000+ Starlings, a Ring Ouzel, 55 Blackbirds, 3 Fieldfares, 80 Song Thrushes, 280+ Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 10 Robins, a Stonechat, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 100 Meadow Pipits, 35 Rock Pipits, 39 Bramblings, 250+ Chaffinches, 6 Redpolls, 5 Crossbills, 40 Goldfinches, 12 Siskins and 25+ Reed Buntings.

Ringing was productive with 62 new birds of 14 species, including 3 Rock Pipits, 20 Reed Buntings, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Brambling and 12 Redwings.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
For all this news, in the field as it happens, subscribe to Rare Bird Alert for as little as 14p per day
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods by path on west side of caravan park at 1.45pm
Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT still 2.37pm over West Bank opposite Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew NE over Kettlestone at 2.20pm
Norfolk Osprey Thetford circled over Nunnery Lakes NR at 1pm then flew off
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cromer on clifftop 400yds east of lighthouse
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Holkham Pines in field at west end at 1.13pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton in oaks in South Valley at 12.38pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens in quarry east of Garden Drove at 1.15pm +ringtail Hen Harrier over saltmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Cley at 11am
Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT in Eye Field at 1.05pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk possible Amur Wagtail (form leucopsis) Burnham Deepdale briefly (+Great White Egret Woodlark Hawfinch)
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section at 12.50pm +Firecrest Ring Ouzel
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Warham Greens on saltmarsh by bridge at 12.48pm
Norfolk Woodlark Holkham Pines flew over near Joe Jordan Hide at 12.45pm
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +Crossbill
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew south past Horsey at 10.17am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Happisburgh flew in off sea at 12.09pm
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Caister still on beach near Haven holiday camp at 11.25am TG.524.130
Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER Holkham Pines c100yds east of west end on south side in reeds at 11.35am tho elusive
Norfolk Lapland Bunting 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills at 11.41am (+Y-br.Wblr Black Redstart Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Stiffkey Campsite Wood at 11.15am
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Snettisham Coastal Park in field north of crossbank between sea wall +channel at 10.50am
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Winterton at Hermanus restaurant +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Wells on estuary at 11am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cawston Heath in paddock hedgerow at 10am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water still. Black Redstart by bridge
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Warham Greens flew south over concrete pad at 9.37am
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT still at visitor centre
Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew over Wensum Lodge at 2.25am [heard only]