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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 16th November 2019

A cool but still day, highlights included 2 Waxwings, a Lapland Bunting over calling, and a Water Pipit trapped and ringed.

Still conditions in the afternoon produced a late Migrant Hawker and Common Darter near the Obs.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Snow Bunting between Hunworth +Thornage on footpath opposite Becks Farm mid a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still c2.30pm viewable north from gate by road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay cTF.911.441
Norfolk Raven flew west over Holkham Pines mid a'noon
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines c150yds west of crosstracks still mid a'noon (+probable Siberian Chiffchaff)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay
Norfolk probable Hume's Warbler Holkham Pines c500yds west of crosstracks mid a'noon [2nd bird]
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 1.30pm Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on north side of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 11.Snow Buntings Weybourne west of beach car park mid morning
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines still 1pm c150yds west of crosstracks
Norfolk Snow Bunting Breydon Water near bridge
Norfolk c50.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still along shingle ridge +Great Northern Diver flew west
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still early a'noon viewable north from gate by road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay cTF.911.441
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey at south end of beach +4.Snow Bunting still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 11.55am Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on north side of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore +Velvet Scoter flew west
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines still late morning in sallows west of Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still in car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Burnham Overy Dunes (juv.Black-throated Diver still in channel off Gun Hill +c20.Snow Buntings 4+Velvet Scoters 8.Cattle Egrets 3.Great White Egrets)Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+30.Snow Buntings flew west along beach. Red-necked Grebe offshore +5.Slav Grebes 2.Long-tailed Ducks) TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Holme
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 10.15am Cley NWT 400yds east of north end of East Bank on north side of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore
Norfolk Slav Grebe Burnham Overy in channel SW of Gun Hill
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point
Norfolk 43.Snow Buntings just south of Hemsby on beach
Norfolk Waxwing Titchwell RSPB flew west over Fen Trail at 9.02am
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines still west of Joe Jordan Hide at c8.55am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still in hedge viewable north from gate by road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay cTF.911.441
Norfolk 35.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach
Norfolk Velvet Scoter drk flew north past Gorleston-on-Sea at 7.46am
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on north side of Arnold's Marsh at 7.30am