Winter at Holme Bird Observatory (please click for clip)

Saturday, 28 August 2010

27th August A Classic Autumn day at Holme

A classic Autumn day at Holme. With Skuas and kittyiwakes offshore and both Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts on the reserve, 2 star birds out of the nets made for a superb day. Redwell marsh joined in with a very obliging Wood Sandpiper showing close to the hide in glorious evening sunshine

Icterine Warbler

Barred Warbler

Wood Sandpiper Redwell Marsh

Green Sandpiper Redwell Marsh

Friday, 27 August 2010

Barred Warbler 27th August

The first Norfolk record of the autumn. 2 down and waiting for the hat trick !

Icterine Warbler 27th August

Last ringed at the Obs in 1994. The 15th ringing record.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

More pictures

Poplar Hawkmoth caterpillar at the start of the approach track

A rather striking Grasshopper on the bench outside the observatory.

Knot on Redwell Marsh NOA - an excellent site record.

Spoonbills in front of the NOA carpark hide - 2 out of 5 birds present.

Treecreeper and Garden Warbler ringed on the NOA reserve.

August fare

A single Pied Flycatcher, of a group of 4, around the observatory on the evening of the 14th August, part of a small fall with a single Redstart and a handful of Whinchats also noted.

Green Sandpiper and Little-ringed Plover on the NWT pools 14th August.

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, a nice, surprise find on the NWT pools 4th August.

Pictures by Ray Roche

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The start of autumn

As autumn takes it's first tentative steps, with wader passage picking up such as the group of Whimbrels pictured, a plethora of butterflies and dragonflies, such as the Southern Hawker shown, still litter the buddleias around the observatory. Pictures by Jed Andrews.

Sunday, 1 August 2010


Spoonbill Holme 26 July

26 July More Hummingbirds and Spoonbills

Humminbird Hawkmoths continue to linger around both the Obs and the Firs, Spooonbills clearly find the Broadwater and the pools worth visiting, Arctic Skuas have appeared off the sea to harrass the Terns and good numbers of whimbrel have passed overhead.... Autumn ?

1 of 2 Spoobnbills feeding in front of the NOA car park Hide 26 July and present for several days