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.


The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 21st April 2020

Another rather breezy day which again made finding the smaller birds more challenging! That said there was clearly a small arrival of Wheatears with twelve recorded plus the first singing Reed Warbler of the year. Other birds of note included five Swallows,  three Grasshopper Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, Cuckoo, Great White Egret and a Merlin.
Only three moths, Muslin, Small Quaker and Pine Beauty were in the traps and two butterflies noted, Peacock and Green Hairstreak.

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/Suffolk Ring Ouzel just SW of Diss still by River Waveney at Cock Street Fen Fields
Norfolk/Suffolk Ring Ouzel y'day just SW of Diss by River Waveney at Cock Street Fen Fields at 1.50pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Brundall flew over garden
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels (3.males) NE of Holt at High Kelling Equestrian Centre (for 4th day)
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Snettisham Coastal Park at 8.31am
Norfolk no sign of Ring Ouzel Wymondham in 3rd paddock north of abbey along Tiffey Walk
Norfolk Black Redstart fem between Methwold +Cranwich Heath in hedge
Norfolk Curlew Sand still Breydon Water +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day just SW of Diss by River Waveney at Cock Street Fen Fields