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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 25th February 2019

The sea was the highlight again today with 3 Eider, 22 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 8+ Great Northern Divers, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Red-necked Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, and 3 Black-necked Grebes all seen offshore. On the grazing marshes 5 Ruff and 52 Golden Plover were of interest with a Black-tailed Godwit on the Broadwater. Also of note were a Barn Owl and 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Crossbills in the pines and 30+ Siskins over west.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 3pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hooded Crow still Winterton north of Burnley Hall this morning
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Horsey on sea defence south of Nelson Head track at 1.30pm
Norfolk 4.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea. 3+Black-necked Grebes at 12.58pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Black-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea +3+Slav Grebes 8+Great Northern Divers 22.Long-tailed Ducks Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge 1/2ml east of East Bank at 8.45am
Norfolk no further sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins by late morning (but 3+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2+Black-throated Divers Holme Dunes on sea at 10.50am +1+Red-necked Grebe 12+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on north island on east lake at 9.46am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting y'day NNW of Terrington St.Clement +SW of Ongar Hill
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 9.49am (+2+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near large ash tree at end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea. Spotted Redshank on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest this evng +Short-eared Owl still TG.457.011
Norfolk reported possible Grey-bellied Brant y'day Snettisham Coastal Park was an ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes east of Acle flew SW over A47 at Stracey Arms at 8.16am