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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 19th October 2018

A good day for vis mig with 35 Goldcrests, 20 Blue Tits, 12 Great Tits, 15 Bearded Tits, a Cetti's Warbler, 20 Long-tailed Tits, a male Blackcap, a Common Whitethroat, 8 Blackbirds, 4 Song Thrush, 25 Redwings, 7 Robins, a Stonechat, 4 House Sparrows, 3 Pied Wagtails, 73 Meadow Pipits, 5 Rock Pipits, 6 Bramblings, 2 Siskins and 18 Reed Buntings logged during the day. Two Twite were seen in Thornham Harbour and a Lapland Bunting flew over west. Also of interest were a Snipe and a Spotted Redshank over the grazing marsh and 3 Great White Egrets flying west just across the Broadwater.

Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard passing low over the hide - Walsey Hills, October 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1ml east of Cley again c3.45pm just south of A149 over Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew east over Salthouse at c3.35pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh Common +Pied Fly
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets flew west over Titchwell RSPB mid a'noon. Y-br.Wblr still by Island Hide
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (Siberian or Stejneger's) Kelling at Meadow Lane mid a'noon tho mobile
Norfolk Hawfinch Snettisham at Ken Hill Wood c250yds north of car park at midday
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes +Black Redstart
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Horsey/ Winterton +Dartford Wblr
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Warham Greens flew west past Warham Pit
Norfolk 2.Woodlarks flew south over Snettisham Coastal Park late morning
Norfolk Waxwing flew west over East Runton at 1.20pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens SW of Whirligig near ruin
Norfolk lift wanted to Cornwall this evng tel.Richard 07789-192802
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 flew SE over Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew SE past Sidestrand
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines towards west end
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Stiffkey flew over marsh towards Morston
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day West Somerton in bare field
Norfolk Waxwing Titchwell RSPB still 12.05pm in main car park [heard only]
Norfolk Waxwing Titchwell RSPB in overflow car park then flew west at 11.50am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holme flew west towards village
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB in picnic area at 6.45am. Y-br.Wblr by Island Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr West Runton on Water Lane by caravan site entrance
Norfolk 2.Twite Thornham harbour
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey in garden
Norfolk Bluethroat Blakeney Point at Long Hills
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse east of Iron Road near reeds
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale in trees opposite One Stop Nature shop briefly then flew north over houses towards coast path at 9.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point in Lifeboat House garden +showing well. Do not enter garden
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Snettisham RSPB over saltmarsh at south end then on post at 8.33am +Lapland Bunting over
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy Dunes still at Gun Hill at 8.32am then flew SW inland