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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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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 4th June 2022

North-easterlies produced 12 Gannets, 9 Little Terns and 7 Sandwich Terns passing offshore. A Cuckoo was still around the reserve and a Raven was seen on the grazing marshes.
In the moth traps 4 Small Elephant Hawk Moths, 5 Common Marbled Carpets, 3 Cinnabars, 4 Ferns, 2 Knot Grass, a Common Pug, 4 Flame Shoulders, 4 Marbled Minor agg, 2 Vine’s Rustics, 3 Mottled Rustics, a Small Square-spot, 2 White Ermine, Treble Lines, 2 Sand Darts, Large Yellow Underwing, Lyme Grass, Willow Beauty, Bordered White, and Drinker and Garden Tiger caterpillars were also found on the reserve.
Numerous Speckled Wood butterflies, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were also seen.
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Norfolk Garganey drk just east of Wells still mid a'noon at North Point Pools on east pool. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Garganey drk just east of Wells still late morning at North Point Pools on east pool. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Tern Snettisham on southern pit at 9.50am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard fem flew east over Pensthorpe Water Fowl Park mid morning (+Wood Sand)
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road near kissing gate at 9.05am TF.657.351
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at NE end at 8.20am (+3.Spoonbills still)
Norfolk Garganey drk just east of Wells still at North Point Pools on east pool at 7.53am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB