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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 Thursday 21st March 2019

Overhead passage was subdued during the morning with just a trickle of Meadow Pipits, a few Reed Bunting and a single Fieldfare. Arrivals included 5 Wheatears in the dunes, a Firecrest behind the Observatory in the morning, later seen near the heligoland trap and at least 10 Chiffchaffs with 2 ringed. Hen Harrier and Red Kite were of note and a White Wagtail was on the east bank with Pied Wagtails. Other interest included Bearded Tits on the edge of the Broadwater by the Observatory and 2 Mediterranean Gulls overhead mid-afternoon.

Two of the Northern Wheatears in the dunes - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019 © David Bratt

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 9.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins at 1.15pm (+2 Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Cattle Egret SW of Castle Acre at South Acre by South Acre Road at Church Farm at 6.30pm PE32 2AD TF.812.143
Norfolk Hen Harrier Ringtail Thornham Harbour at 6.10pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 4.05pm in wood north of road viewed from c200yds east of visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT still mid a'noon 2.on Whitewell Scrape 1.on Billy's Wash
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 2.40pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 suspension bridge at 2.30pm + showing well
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash this morning
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew south over Welney WWT +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still this a'noon in wood north of road
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp this morning. Keep to public rights of way.
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Firecrest Wells Woods on south side of the Dell at 11.06am
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham
Norfolk no sigh of juv.White-tailed Eagle Wighton
Norfolk 11.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT from main observatory at c10.10am. Reserve open 9-30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Wheatears Kelling Quags early morning
Norfolk 2 Wheatears (1.male) Cley at beach car park
Norfolk no sigh of drk.Baikal Teal Welney WWT by 9.30am
Norfolk 4.Wheatears (all males) Cley NWT on shingle ridge by Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk2.Slav Greves Titchwell RSPB still on sea +3.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
MEGA Norfolk BAIKAL TEAL drk y'day Welney WWT on island from main oservatory 3pm-5pm. Reserver open 9.30am-5pm. PE14 9TN