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 HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

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 Monday 20th July 2020

On the sea today 46 Common Scoters, a Little Tern, 165 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns were seen, with 6 Med Gulls in Thornham Harbour, a Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the area, a Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Whitethroats, 4 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, a juvenile Stonechat and 2 Bullfinches also of note. A Bar-headed Goose was with the Greylags on the Broadwater.

Moths included 5 Rosy Footmen, 17 Scarce and 17 Common Footmen, 13 Rustics, a Chinese Character, a Small Scallop, a Shore Wainscot, 6 Ruby Tiger, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Least Carpet, 6 Uncertains, a Beautiful Hook-tip, a Silver Y, 2 Oak Eggars, a Dark Sword-grass, 5 Single Dotted Waves, a Yellow-tail, a Clouded Border, a Buff Tip, 2 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, a Mother of Pearl, a Peppered Moth, a Sharp-angled Peacock, a Least Yellow Underwing, a Clay, Lyme Grass, Dark Arches, Buff Ermine, Nutmeg and Archer's Dart.

Below: Dark Sword-grass



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 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 1.12pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool +Great White Egret flew west
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT by South Pool with cattle at 7.18am
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT still at Watling Water in evng