Winter at Holme Bird Observatory (please click for clip)

Friday, 13 December 2013

Holme andThe Storm of 8/9 December - widely compared to that of 1953

A few images from Holme of the aftermath of the Tidal Surge that left widespread destruction along the Norfolk Coast. In spite of significant erosion of the dunes the Observatory itself escaped intact .

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

4 December Sunshine ...... before the Storm

A Red Admiral Butterfly still feeding in the Flowers on the Buddleia by the Observatory

A Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, that is regularly visiting the Pines around the Observatory

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

14 10 13 Bluethroat - after a very long wait ....

With recent October winds lashing the coast and opening the flood-gates to winters migrants, the star bird out of the nets was a stunning male RED SPOTTED BLUETHROAT. First spotted the previous day,it remained overnight and proceeded to delight visitors throughout the day before finding its way into the nets.


Red Breasted Flycatcher  11 10 13

Arctic Skua Holme Beach   09 10 13

Vestal A migrant Moth from the Trap  05 10 13

Gem another migrant out of the trap   05 10 13

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Grasshopper warbler 24 September 13

   With Pink Footed Geese over the reserve and the Marsh, and the first of the Autumn's Redwings passing through, a Grashopper Warbler was a pleasant surprise out of the nets.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

24 August 2013 Migration in action at the Obsevatory

Redstart trapped on the East Bank, With Pied Flycatchers present too, clear evidence of migrants on the move

Garden Warbler - 1 of 2 ringed in the day

Silver Washed Fritillery - feeding on the Buddleias near the Observatory. A potential migrant and a new Reserve Record

Feathered Gothic - a striking moth from the trap

Sunday, 23 June 2013

A Bugs Life at the Obs

Eyed Hawk Moth  at rest - with the 'Eye' markings hidden

Privet Hawk Moth - showing the striped pattern on the body, and a hint of the underwing markings. A large moth,spectacular  in flight

Elephant Hawk Moth
Wasp Beetle
Musk Beetle -  shimmering in the sunshine 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

New viewing platform at the Obs up and running !

The Memorial plaque dedicated to former NOA Chairman Geoffrey Barker, placed on the new viewing platform at the Observatory - the erection of which was made possible by generous donations in appreciation of Geoffrey's years of service to the NOA and its members.
Members of Hunstantons University of the 3rd Age on a recent visit to the observatory,enjoying the superb views provided by the platform

The Obs Ringing Shed complete with new roof, funded by recent donations

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Spring 2013...

...certainly won't go down as a classic. However, there were some highlights, with the aforementioned Icterine Warbler trapped and ringed on the reserve on 17th May and further easterlies as May wore on produced a smattering of drift migrants, with a female Red-backed Shrike 18th-21st, a male Red-backed Shrike 31st May, a Pied Flycatcher 30th May-1st June and small numbers of Spotted Flycatchers (all pictures by Pam Rand - click to make them bigger)

Friday, 17 May 2013

Icterene Warbler 17 May

Icterene Warbler. 17th May.A surprise out of the nets on a blustery overcast day.