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NEW NOA MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE The NOA is now selling pin badges and mugs for Holme Bird Observatory, available for sale at the Observatory at Holme, at a cost of £5 for pin badges and £10 for mugs. Under a system which is helping Observatories around the UK, these items are supplied by UK Birding Pins at zero cost to the Association and are of excellent quality, intended to help support our work and promote what we do. These items are now in stock, so if you’d like to have your own pin badge or mug then please do ask when you are visiting us at Holme. Any member or web visitor who would like to purchase these items online and receive them by post, can do so by ordering direct at the following links:

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The NOA benefits directly from all sales both at Holme and online.
Thank you for your support

NOA Team


Holme Bird Observatory Monday 23rd May 2022

On the sea today 2 Fulmars, 24 Little Terns, 9 Sandwich and 7 Common Terns were counted. A flock of 27 Black-tailed Godwits was on Thornham marsh and other birds of interest were 10 Swifts, 2 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, and 5 Stonechats.

In the moth traps 14 White Ermines, 2 Willow Beauties, Angle Shades, 3 Green Carpets, 6 Cinnabars, 4 Small Elephant Hawks, 2 Marbled Minors, 4 Treble Lines, Common Wainscot, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, 3 Garden Pebble, Eyed Hawk, Common Marbled Carpet, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 6 Small Square-spots, 2 Bordered Whites, 2 Straw Dots, Poplar Hawk, Buff Tip, Chocolate Tip, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Chinese Character, Fern, Rush Veneer, Northern Drab, 3 Mottled Rustics, Flaem Shoulder, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts and a Common Carpet. 

A Broad-bodied Chaser was on the wing, and butterflies included 4 Wall Browns, 3 Common Blues and 2 Small Heaths.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still late a'noon Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road 200yds north of kissing gate TF.657.351
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 3.20pm 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh TG.429.220
Norfolk Turtle Dove Kelling Heath
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves near Brancaster Staithe at Barrow Common at 2.23pm
Norfolk 2.Black Terns flew west past Titchwell RSPB 11.30am-12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Hickling Broad NWT still 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh TG.429.220
Norfolk WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad still 1.47pm Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh at east end TG.429.220
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 1.43pm 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh from platform TG.429.220
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB this morning +5.Little Gulls: 3.on Freshmarsh, 2. at Patsy's Reedbed
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marshes
Norfolk WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad still 12.28pm Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh tho elusive TG.429.220
Norfolk Spotted Crake Norwich flew over near Dereham Road at 2.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing Norwich at Anglia Square still
Norfolk WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad still 11.50am Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh at east end tho elusive TG.429.220
Norfolk no further sign of ad.White-tailed Lapwing Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh by 11.20am but ad.CASPIAN TERN still TG.429.220
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still 10.49am Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road 200yds north of kissing gate TF.657.351
Norfolk repeat: WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh at 9.57am TG.429.220
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 9.58am 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh TG.429.220
Norfolk WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh at 9.57am TG.429.220
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills on Saturday flew over Caister
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Breydon Water
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew east past Beeston Bump at 8.40am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh at 6.50am tho mobile TG.429.220
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road 200yds north of kissing gate at 8.43am +showing well