Winter at Holme Bird Observatory (please click for clip)

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Great Grey Shrike and Stonechats 7th to 11th November

Pair of Stonechats. Pictures taken in the dunes immediately behind the Observatory.

Great Grey Shrike. 7th-8th November. Last seen heading out to the saltmarsh and Thornham Harbour. Pictures taken in very dull and windy conditions.

Pictures Ray Roche

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Olive-backed Pipit

This well-marked OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was a superb find by visiting birder N. Brooks at 4:00pm on the 31st October. Bettered only by the 1st year female BLACK-THROATED THRUSH (see descripion from one of the finders Chris Mills here) in rarity value within the recording area during this exceptional late autumn fall, it was only present for c. 2 minutes in brambles underneath the pines just north of the NOA observatory before being flushed by two dogs and sadly couldn't be relocated. Picture © N. Brooks. Words by Connor D. Rand

Saturday, 1 November 2008


The first Firecrest of the autumn was trapped today (1st November)