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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 Friday 1st March 2019

Another cooler day with heavy cloud in the afternoon. Most interest came from the sea again, with at least 10 Slavonian Grebes, Black-necked Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, 60 Red-breasted Merganser, Pintail, 4 Fulmar and a single Gannet east.

Other interest around the reserve included 2 Spoonbills flying west around midday, 3 Red Kites over the marsh, a single Siskin, 2 Avocets and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier over the sea wall.

In Thornham Harbour 12 Twite remained and a Spotted Redshank was calling from the channel. Two Barn Owls were hunting early afternoon and 14 Meadow Pipits were feeding on the east bank.

This Pine Beauty was the only moth in the trap - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019 © David Bratt

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach by Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Loddon at Hardley Staithe
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +Spoonbill
Norfolk Black-throated Diver y'day Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 60+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Woodland Hide at 4pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Downham Market in relief channel at 4.45pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach between groynes.3+5 late a'noon
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham Harbour still 3.45pm
Norfolk 5+Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea this a'noon +9+Slav Grebes 3.Black-necked Grebes 10.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea at beach car park at 2.22pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.55pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders in clearing beyond Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 16+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +100yds east of information board this a'noon +Lapland Bunting TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea +Red-necked Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Clippesby Marsh
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +500yds east of roped-off area at 9.15am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still from Main Observatory at 11.55am tho distant
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.16am 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp +Lapland Bunting flew west. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk 2+Twite Thornham Harbour still just before coal barn at 9am
Norfolk Goshawk male Cley flew over west side at 8.35am
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich flew north over Quebec Road at 8.15am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes still
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB flew east over Volunteer Marsh