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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 24th October 2019

A foggy start with rain in the afternoon, a spectacular migration of Starlings was taking place with over 14,000 counted over the grazing marshes later morning. Two Goldeneye were on the Broadwater and at sea 12+ Gannets and 2 Great Crested Grebes were seen. Three Water Rails were calling, and a Chiffchaff was near the Heligoland trap. A Blackcap was in the scrub and 6 Song Thrushes, 70 Redwings, 35 Blackbirds, 20 Robins, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 6 Rock Pipits, 10 Bramblings, 25 Siskin and 18 Reed Buntings were counted.

In the moth trap The Streak was a moth of note, together with a Mallow, Large Yellow Underwing, 7 Large Wainscots, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Beaded Chestnut and a Common Plume.



Goldeneye on the Broadwater and The Streak caught in the moth trap today.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 1.33pm just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point tho elusive
Norfolk Jack Snipe Kelling Quags flew from by track at north end of pool
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB between car park +visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich on roof of 47.Waldeck Road
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still by Island Hide
Norfolk Black Redstart Stiffkey from footpath midway along Campsite Wood on roof of black cabin
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at south end of Walsey Hills NOA at 11.05am
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 11.10am just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point tho elusive
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley off beach car park. Velvet Scoter flew west at 10.02am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham north of Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Black Redstart Thornham Harbour still at coal barn +Twite still. Ring Ouzel by approach road
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton on sea at cafe
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point
Norfolk Snow Bunting Brancaster on beach near sea defence works