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 REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT All NOA reserves remain closed at present, and following the lifting of some restrictions in England we would ask our members, visitors and volunteers to be patient while this situation continues. We are still some way from being able to provide a COVID secure environment for our staff and visitors, and any changes must be gradual, cautious and enable social distancing. Broadwater Road is currently closed, and the Beach Road Car Park is also closed. We would advise that parking and toilet facilities are not yet widely available. NWT Holme Dunes, Titchwell and Snettisham RSPB reserves also remain closed, and do not yet have a date for opening their car parks and other visitor facilities. Please also bear in mind that we are now in the middle of the breeding season. Birds which have been nesting undisturbed while visitors have stayed away need this situation to continue until their young have fledged. For similar reasons affecting land managers along the North Norfolk Coast AONB, their Re-opening the Norfolk Coast Working Group is asking people not to visit at this time until organisations have had a chance to put safety measures in place for social distancing and reopen provision such as toilets and car parks. Announcements will be made by individual organisations and businesses when this is the case, so please check before you travel, and don’t come at present. NOA hopes to offer some form of access at its reserves later this summer, but it could still be some weeks away and will remain limited while we find our ‘new normal’. Please bear with us, and we thank you again for your understanding and support

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Five Spoonbills flew east early morning and a Great Egret was seen briefly at the back of the Grazing Marsh. Three Green and one Common Sandpiper were on the Broadwater and nine Whinchats were counted along the seawall between the Observatory and Thornham Harbour. On the sea there were counts of 215 Common Scoter, 195 Wigeon, 159 Teal, 68 Gannet, 57 Shelduck,  34 Pintail, 4 Bonxies and 2 Arctic Skuas.

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 Great S'water Cley flew east past beach car park at 2.45p
Norfolk 5.Black Terns Cley flew west past beach car park at 2.27pm
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Blakeney Point still in Lupins +Redstart fem.Hen Harrier
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 1.15pm Blakeney Point in Plantation (+Pied Fly). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Horsey Gap at 10.22am
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 12.45pm Blakeney Point in Plantation. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Pied Fly Waxham in oaks 1/4ml north of Shangri-la chalet at 12.10pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool at 10.20am. 2.juv.Curlew Sands on freshmarsh
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys y'day Wells Woods
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point in Plantation