On 2nd December warden Sophie Barker trapped and ringed a Waxwing at the Bird Observatory. This is only the 3rd Waxwing to ever have been trapped at the Obs and the first since 1965 - Sophie's verdict, 'worth waiting 47 years for'. This bird, a young male, is one of a steady trickle of Waxwings that have arrived at the Obs during November and December.
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Posted by Connor D. Rand at 11:26
This CITRINE WAGTAIL was present late afternoon and evening on 14th November on the pools and flooded field by the track on the NWT reserve. Unfortunately, the identification was not clinched in the field, despite being strongly suspected by the visitor who found the bird. However, these photos clearly prove the identification beyond doubt. Incredibly this is the 2nd Holme record this year after the male in the Spring. To the frustration of many, especially local patchworkers, neither were twitchable and so, for all except a handful of fortunate people, the wait for a twitchable Holme Citrine Wagtail goes on.
Whilst a late record, it is not the latest in the county: that accolade is still held by the first county record, at Welney 16th-17th November 1980 (T. Inskipp)
All photos by Dave Scott
Posted by Connor D. Rand at 11:18
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Monday, 20 February 2012
Redhead Smew 14th February. A very flighty bird that spent the day moving between both ends of the Broadwater. A scarce bird for Holme, but part of a recent influx to the county that saw 2 Redheads also present on the broadwater on the 7th and 9th February
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Reflecting on the amazing 2010 ( http://noaphotoalbum.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010-what-year.html ), it seemed hard to believe that 2011 could have anywhere near as much quality. However, despite poorer numbers of common migrants and scarcities, especially in autumn, it was yet another excellent year rarities wise, with the following stand-out highlights:
COLLARED FLYCATCHER (2nd for Holme)
Hume's Warbler (1+, 2nd consecutive year)
Red-flanked Bluetail (2nd for Holme)
Desert Wheatear (2nd for Holme)
Dusky Warbler (the first for over a decade)
White-tailed Eagle (2nd for Holme)
'Northern' Harrier still (now accepted)
This list is not to mention the usual scarcities including Wryneck, Red-backed Shrike, Honey Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Wood Warbler, Sabine's Gull, Long-tailed Skua and so on.
2012 is the observatory's 50th year! Let's hope it is yet another good one to celebrate this landmark!
Posted by Connor D. Rand at 13:24