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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.

Monday 23rd October 2017

Highlights included 50 Brent Geese, 600 Pink-feet, 5 Buzzards, 2 Water Rails, 60+ Lapwing, 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, 7+ Bearded Tits, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 60 Blackbirds, 15 Song Thrushes, 36 Redwings, 3 Stonechats, 12 Rock Pipits, 1 Water Pipit (trapped and ringed), 5 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 3 Redpolls, 6 Siskins and 15 Reed Buntings. On the sea 150 Common Scoters, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar, 35 Gannets and 13 Great Crested Grebes were noted.

Comma, Red Admiral and Small Copper butterflies were seen during the day, and several Common Darters were still on the wing. A Black Rustic and a Beaded Chestnut were in the moth trap.

Water Pipit ringed at Holme Bird Obs today.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Minke Whale north past Hemsby mid a'noon tho distant
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach at 3pm with Linnets (+Purple Sand)
Norfolk Hen Harrier Morston Quay mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Meadow Trail still this a'noon
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Cart Gap at 1.55pm
Norfolk Scaup juv Holkham Park still on lake this a'noon
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hopton-on-Sea this morning +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool at 11.35am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT in beach car park briefly
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Winterton by 11.20am (+drk.Long-tailed Duck Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Fakenham late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park in conservation area at 9.50am then flushed
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at East Trail still. 4.Little Stints still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Great Yarmouth Bird Club meet tonight at Comfort Hotel, opposite Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth from 7.30pm featuring 'Around The Horn' with Bob Cobbold. All welcome
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field at 11.05am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end of copse by metal gate at 9am TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk 19.Hawfinches flew over Hunstanton Cliffs by 9am