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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 5th October 2019

An excellent migration day, highlights included 166 Brent Geese, 4 Eiders, 194+ Common Scoters, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 42 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Guillemot, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Med Gull seen at sea. A Great White Egret, 3 Red Kites, 42 Curlew, 3 Snipe, a Water Rail, a Short-eared Owl, Peregrine, 5 Swallows, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 5+ Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, 20 Song Thrush, 210 Redwings, 6 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Redstarts, 3 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, 100 Meadow Pipits, 10 Rock Pipits, a female Bullfinch and 8 Siskins were also of interest, with a superb Osprey flying low over the pines and heading over Broadwater where it hovered until it was seen off by a Red Kite! Three Lapland Buntings were north of the Golf Course and flew south and a Richard's Pipit went over at Gore Point.

In the moth traps a Rush Veneer, 6 Black Rustics, 4 Feathered Ranunculus, a Shore Wainscot, and a Brown-spot Pinion were of note. Small Copper, Brown Argus, Painted Lady, Wall Brown and Red Admiral were all recorded today.

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Norfolk Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy Dunes flushed at 4.05pm but no sign since
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 3.45pm Burnham Overy at corner of sea wall near gate +bench briefly tho elusive
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER reported still mid a'noon Burnham Overy in hawthorn just south of sea wall c150yds west of footpath from A149
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy just south of sea wall west of footpath from A149
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w Cley still on sea off beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) Warham Greens at Warham Pit
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Y-br.Wblr. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp this morning +Great Northern Diver flew west
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley offshore
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 12.50pm Burnham Overy in hawthorn just south of sea wall c150yds west of footpath from A149 tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs 1ml east of Cley still early a'noon just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still early a'noon Burnham Overy in hawthorn just south of sea wall
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Wells at north end of Beach Road just south of Lifeboat Station cTF.914.453
Norfolk Osprey Holme NOA over west end of Broadwater at 12.20pm
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe still
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB still on beach
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Titchwell RSPB (+4+Y-br.Wblrs)
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still late morning Burnham Overy in reeds at start of sea wall tho elusive
Norfolk Black Brant ad 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills on saltings
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT near visitor centre at CleySpy
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings Holme north of golf course on beach at roped-off area then flew to field south of River Hun late morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills (+4.Y-br.Wblrs)
Norfolk Osprey flew SW over Salthouse mid morning
Norfolk probable Dusky Warbler Burnham Overy in brambles +reeds at start of sea wall at 9.30am tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Old Hunstanton north of golf course in dunes at 10.10am with tit flock
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham 200yds north of Shangri-la chalet +Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form)
Norfolk 4+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA by Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Hopton-on-Sea at Warren Road by Cliff Cottages
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA by Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holme Dunes NWT at car park entrance
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Winterton North Dunes over wood near double pool
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Salthouse by duckpond
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines between Washington Hide +Meals House still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by tank road
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme trapped