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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.

Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April

Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Friday 20th October 2017

Migration continued today but dropped off during the afternoon; highlights included 2 Swallows, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2,500+ Starlings, 50 Blackbirds, 2 Fieldfares, 8 Song Thrushes, 15 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 4 Tree Sparrows, 30 Meadow Pipits, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings, 60 Chaffinches, a single Greenfinch, Redpoll and Siskin, 4 Yellowhammers, and a Richard's Pipit west over Gore Point. At least 3 Crossbills were in the pines with 2 showing well above the Observatory building during the morning.

Red Admiral, Large White and Wall Brown were all seen during the day.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton below Hermanus Restaurant at 1.15pm
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow mid a'noon +Arctic Skua briefly TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Black Redstart Glandford again 1.50pm on converted barn between gallery +Cley Spy tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines in oak between Meals House +Joe Jordan Hide at 1.27pm
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Wells at Well Harbour at 11am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham NNR from Washington Hide at 12.53pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Glandford on barns between gallery +Cley Spy at 12.10pm
Norfolk Northern Bullfinch 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods on south side of The Dell at 11.55am then flew towards caravan park +Firecrest NR23 1DR
Norfolk Black Redstart Hunstanton on Coastguard Cottages opposite Old Lighthouse at 10.54am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes on wooden post west of orange diamond sign then flew south
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in South Valley at 10am then flew west
Norfolk 20.Common Crane Horsey flew over Horsey Mill at 11.45am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Warham Greens still late morning on saltmarsh north of pit with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still at north end of lake at 10.52am
Norfolk Firecrest Waxham just south of Shangri-la Chalet
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water at east end +2.Short-eared Owls
Norfolk Black Brant ad Warham Greens on saltmarsh (+Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Continental Coal Tit Old Hunstanton at Le Strange Arms Hotel
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey Campsite Wood