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 – THURSDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2020

COVID-19 Restrictions on NOA Reserves Further to the announcement of a second lockdown in order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the NOA must once again close all hides on its nature reserves from 5th November. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit. We are very grateful for your understanding and support.

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 24th October 2019

A foggy start with rain in the afternoon, a spectacular migration of Starlings was taking place with over 14,000 counted over the grazing marshes later morning. Two Goldeneye were on the Broadwater and at sea 12+ Gannets and 2 Great Crested Grebes were seen. Three Water Rails were calling, and a Chiffchaff was near the Heligoland trap. A Blackcap was in the scrub and 6 Song Thrushes, 70 Redwings, 35 Blackbirds, 20 Robins, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 6 Rock Pipits, 10 Bramblings, 25 Siskin and 18 Reed Buntings were counted.

In the moth trap The Streak was a moth of note, together with a Mallow, Large Yellow Underwing, 7 Large Wainscots, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Beaded Chestnut and a Common Plume.



Goldeneye on the Broadwater and The Streak caught in the moth trap today.

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 Pallas's Warbler still 1.33pm just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point tho elusive
Norfolk Jack Snipe Kelling Quags flew from by track at north end of pool
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB between car park +visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich on roof of 47.Waldeck Road
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still by Island Hide
Norfolk Black Redstart Stiffkey from footpath midway along Campsite Wood on roof of black cabin
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at south end of Walsey Hills NOA at 11.05am
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 11.10am just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point tho elusive
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley off beach car park. Velvet Scoter flew west at 10.02am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham north of Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Black Redstart Thornham Harbour still at coal barn +Twite still. Ring Ouzel by approach road
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton on sea at cafe
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point
Norfolk Snow Bunting Brancaster on beach near sea defence works