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Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
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Saturday 14th April 2018

A day of good spring migration, with 4 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows, 3 House Martins and 2 Tree Pipits flying over, 15 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and 5 Blackcaps around the NOA reserve, and single Siskin and Redpoll trapped and ringed. A Lesser Whitethroat and a Grasshopper Warbler were heard on the NWT reserve, and a Sedge Warbler was singing near the car park hide, a single female Black Redstart was by the Obs mid morning, and another 2 Black Redstarts were with a Common Redstart on the NWT reserve, with 4 Ring Ouzels just east of the forestry. Also of note were a single Brambling in the pines, 4 Eider and 2 Sandwich Terns passing offshore, a Ruff was on the NWT pools and a Peregrine was hunting the marsh. A Cetti's Warbler was singing and a Water Rail called from the Broadwater. A Yellow Wagtail and 3 White Wagtails were among the ponies in the dunes.

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Norfolk Scaup drk Breydon Water +Spoonbill over at midday
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still 3.35pm at east end 200yds west of pines
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) Great Yarmouth Cemetery early a'noon
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT on Lady Fen mid a'noon (+2.Black-necked Grebes still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still in trees behind orangery this a'noon
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Waxham still on coastal footpath south of Shangri-La chalet mid a'noon
Norfolk Garganey drk Potter Heigham Marshes still
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Welney WWT on pool by visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (all ads) Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 1.35pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes till 1.08pm then flew west
Norfolk 2.Garganey Berney Marshes RSPB still +Ring Ouzel Water Pipit 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew west over Cringleford early a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 12.30pm on beach below lighthouse steps
Norfolk Arctic Tern Cley NWT at Pat's Pool at 12.30pm
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes at east end
Norfolk Great White Egret between Burnham Overy Staithe +Gun Hill still east of track at 11.55am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT at east end just east of forestry at 9.30am
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Gapton Marshes at Harper's Lane
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Kelling in village briefly c10.30am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Winterton North Dunes briefly
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane at 11am (+4+Mealy Redpolls) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer flew west over golf course at 9.30am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Cawston Heath flew towards paddocks at 9am
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Kelling along track by water meadows
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Halvergate at The Street /Sandhole Road junction at 8.20am
Norfolk Hawfinch Halvergate at The Street /Sandhole Road junction
Norfolk 9.Hawfinches West Runton flew west near A149. 2.Ring Ouzels in field near Laburnum Holiday Park
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Snettisham Coastal Park still at south end at 7am +fem/1w.male Black Redstart
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell RSPB still in paddocks