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.

COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 1st May 2020

An improving day, with some warm sunny spells. A rather quiet day but a Cuckoo was calling in the village, and 6 Whimbrel and 8 Black-tailed Godwits were at the back of the marsh, while a mixed group of Swifts and hirundines was still to be found at the east end of the village, with one of the mystery Black Swans there also. Five Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers were counted and a Wheatear was south of the river Hun.

Butterflies were seen in the afternoon with single Peacock and Green Hairstreak, and at least 2 Green-veined Whites.

After a cold damp night there were very few moths, with just singles of Shuttle-shaped Dart, White Ermine and Northern Drab in the traps. However during the day a colony of Green Long-horn moths were dancing around near the Dell Hide. This attractive species with its iridescent black wings and incredibly long antennae can easily be overlooked but is well worth closer examination.

Green Long-horn Moths

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 2.Common Cranes east of Norwich still 3.12pm over Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes east of Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew over Thorpe Marsh at 3.07pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Heacham South Beach +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past Weybourne Camp 6.30-8.30am
Norfolk BLACK KITE 1ml east of Cley just south of Walsey Hills NOA flew SE at 10.17am