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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 Saturday 11th May 2019

Highlights today included a female Firecrest trapped and ringed 7am, 9 Barnacle Geese west, a Spoonbill high west over the grazing marsh, 6 Little Terns, 6 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern offshore, 2 Turtle Doves in the village, 3 Cuckoos around the recording area, 200+ Swallows passing through during the day, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler (ringed), 2+ Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, 2 Ring Ouzels in the dunes, a Redstart near the NWT pay hut, 5 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail over calling.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk BLACK KITE flew west over Morston Quay at 2.45pm
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still mid a'noon north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill flew over pillbox. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.10pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewed from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon c100yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp still c1.15pm on fence near radar station
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.05pm c100yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still c11am north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill near pillbox. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes still late morning c100yds west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp near radar station late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets flew west past Weybourne Camp +Spoonbill flew east
Norfolk Spoonbill flew NNW over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 10.45am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 10.30am Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk 17.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 10.20am TF.763.414
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still mid morning in flight just east of Beach Lane
Norfolk Wryneck still 10am Burnham Overy Dunes just west of west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk 16.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane mid morning TF.763.414
Norfolk probable Montagu's Harrier Burnham Overy Staithe briefly
Norfolk Spoonbill flew SE over West Runton at 7.20am
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT still from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 10+Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane mid morning TF.763.414
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes along fence between boardwalk +Holkham Pines
Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose again. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Pied Fly male Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (2.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Burnham Overy Dunes at start of boardwalk
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track from sea wall TF.855.445
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne still north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill in brambles by pillbox at 6.50am. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate + turn right for c300yds