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 11th October 2018

 Despite strong southerlies visual migration was clearly taking place with 2 Hobbies, 6 Bearded Tits, 75 Skylarks, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers around the reserves, single Chiffchaff and Blackcap recorded, a Ring Ouzel, 26 Blackbirds, 248 Song Thrushes, 221 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 14 Robin, 1 Redstart, 1 Grey Wagtail, 28 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 49 Bramblings, 152 Chaffinches, 3 Crossbills, 12 Siskins, a Snow Bunting and a Hawfinch all recorded during the day.

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 Short-eared Owl Weybourne Camp mid morning
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly fem/1w.male still late a'noon Waxham c200yds SE of Shangri-la chalet cTG.443.262
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still mid a'noon 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. Park on Lord Nelson Drive, no parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham c500yds north of Shangri-la chalet at 3.15pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Great Yarmouth Cemetery still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Wood east of The Dell still this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 2pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells behind Beach Cafe early morning
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills +Pied Fly Short-eared Owl c2,000.Song Thrushes cTF.925.458
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still c1.50pm 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs 1.5mls east of Cley +1/2ml east of Walsey Hills +Pied Fly Ring Ouzel
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks Salthouse flew in off sea at Gramborough Hill then flew south
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still late morning 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Kelling along track to Kelling Water Meadow this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse flew over Gramborough Hill (Y-br.Wblr by duckpond mid morning)
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 12.45pm 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at 6.Victory Grove briefly NR5 0US
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes this morning +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Barred Warbler Sheringham still just SE of Beeston Bump north of Nelson Road +just west of caravan park south of pit early a'noon
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew south over Burnham Overy at c12.30pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery still
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly fem/1w.male still 11.50am Waxham c200yds south of Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still late morning 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate in back garden of 2.Victory Grove NR5 0USNorfolk Y-br.Wblr 1/3ml south of Waxham by sharp bend in coast road 50yds along footpath to dunes at 11.45am
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Warham Greens on saltmarsh 3/4ml north of north end of Garden Drove late morning cTF.942.449
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham late morning
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly fem/1w.male still Waxham c200yds south of Shangri-la chalet at 11amn
Norfolk Short-eared Owl East Runton flew west over Wyndham Holiday Park at c10.45am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cromer flew in off sea by lighthouse
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes at start of boardwalk
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT in trees by visitor centre
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Cley in gardens west of old warden's house tho mobile
Norfolk Hawfinch Holme Dunes NWT in trees by visitor centre briefly
Norfolk no sign of Barred Warbler 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA (but 2.Jack Snipe still)
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton North Dunes at north end 300yds SE of concrete blocks at 9.30am [heard only] TG.487.216
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at 8.Victory Grove at 9am NR5 0US
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes at 8.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Honing in gardens by Honing Lock at 8am
Norfolk Jack Snipe y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Norwich flew west over Lakenham at 7.35am