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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 3rd August 2020

A Hobby gave superb views south of the Broadwater early afternoon, and a Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a Cetti's Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat were highlights.

At least 4 Migrant Hawkers were feeding around the pond, and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia. In the moth traps 22 Scarce Footmen, a Scallop Shell, 16 Cloaked Minors, 6 Riband Wave, a Sharp-angled Peacock, 3 Common Footmen, 2 Small Blood Vein, 4 Garden Pebble, a Pretty Chalk Carpet, 3 Least Carpet, 3 Straw Underwing, 3 Dingy Footmen, a Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Rustics, 6 Dark Arches, 2 Single Dotted Waves, a Rosy Minor, a Lychnis, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Ruby Tigers, 2 Knot Grass, 2 Yellow Tails, a Pine Hawk, 2 Shaded Broad-bars, 2 Archer's Darts, 2 Flounced Rustics, 3 Garden Tigers, a Wormwood Pug, a Dusky Sallow and a Silky Wainscot.

Pretty Chalk Carpet

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Norfolk Redwing y'day Sparham GPs in morning
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT +10.Common Cranes
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv west of Wighton till c2.10pm east of Field Barn in tree south of road then flew west TF.929.398
Norfolk Quail male singing Thorpe Marriott still by Marriott's Way in field at end of Felsham Way at 2.30pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv west of Wighton +east of Field Barn in tree south of road at 1.15pm TF.929.398
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv south of Binham viewed from Warham Camp late morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew high SE over Burnham Thorpe towards Little Walsingham at c9.30am
Norfolk possible Montagu's Harrier male NE of Fakenham by Thorpland Road flew over hedge briefly
Norfolk 33.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 Cory's S'water flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 9am
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (1s +2.juvs) y'day Cromer on beach in evng
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool at 6.20am