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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 Monday 31st August 2020

A pleasant and sunny day with a reducing north wind. On the sea highlights included 20 Shelduck, 28 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 74 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmars, 7 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 26 Little Terns, 16 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and a Med Gull. Also of interest were 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 4 Whimbrel, 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, 4 Swifts, a Sand Martin, 10 Swallows, 120+ House Martins, 3 Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroats, 4 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, Yellow, Grey and Pied Wagtail singles.

In the moth traps 2 Silver Ys, a Garden Pebble, 3 Vine's Rustics, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 3 Square-spot Rustics, 7 Large Yellow Underwings, 7 Flounced Rustics, 2 Turnips, 5 Archer's Darts, a Common Wainscot, a Fern, 2 Seathorn Groundlings and a Pied Smudge were noted.

Butterflies included Common Blue, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Red Admiral.

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Norfolk 2.Whinchats Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Temminck's Stint juv still this a'noon Cantley beet factory (+juv.Wood Sand still) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham again 2.05pm at NW end of The Green along public footpath just west of Marsh House [heard only] TF.732.437
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Thornham at NE end of The Green along public footpath just west of Marsh House by 1.55pm TF.732.437
Norfolk 1+Pied Fly Waxham 50yds south of Shangri-La
Norfolk 2.Barred Warblers Blakeney Point: 1.in Lifeboat Station garden, 1.in Plantation
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on mud
Norfolk Hawfinch Great Yarmouth along School Road Back north of Suspension Bridge Tavern at 11.40am NR30 1LB
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB still early a'noon from windpump
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham at The Green along public footpath just west of Marsh House (+2.Pied Flys) TF.732.437
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance early a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Cley NWT late morning
Norfolk Temminck's Stint still 11.10am Cantley beet factory tho elusive (+Wood Sand still. 5.Curlew Sands flew thru at 9.40am) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 22.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp by scrape before masts viewable from beach at 10.55am (not at Muckleburgh Hill)
Norfolk Wryneck Muckleburgh Hill by scrape at Muckleburgh Military Collection viewable from beach
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB early morning
Norfolk 2+Wrynecks Burnham Overy Dunes mid morning: 2.at Gun Hill, 2.by boardwalk
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Winterton South Dunes still in sycamores below Hermanus restaurant
Norfolk Wood Warbler 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills cTF.925.458
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret 3.Great White Egrets 4.Common Cranes
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 9.55am at Gun Hill +2.Wrynecks
Norfolk 5+Little Stints Cley NWT on North Scrape +Whinchat
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still mid morning at Gun Hill
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point still in Lifeboat Station garden (+3+Pied Flys)
Norfolk Great White Egret juv Walsey Hills NOA still 9am on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill still mid morning
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway ent +Little Gull Great White Egret Whinchat 6.Spoonbill. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk 12.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk Pied Fly Wymondham in NW corner of allotments near feeding station at 7.45am then flew to poplars by River Tiffey
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early morning then flew south
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Great White Egret Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cantley beet factory (+Wood Sand still +Whinchat) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Cantley beet factory still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Skuas (all juvs) y'day flew NW past Mundesley 5.45-11.45am +20.Sooty S'waters ad.Little Gull