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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 1st August 2020

On the sea today 140 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmars, 16 Gannets, 1 Little Tern, 167 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns were recorded. Waders included Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 41 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Turnstones, 26 Sanderling, 43 Dunlin, one Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Redshank and 3 Snipe. A Treecreeper was in the pines.

Moths were abundant, with 12 Drinkers, 7 Marbled Clovers, 1 Small Elephant Hawk, 3 Dusky Sallow, 6 Scarce Footmen, 33 Rustic, 2 Rosy Footmen, 12 Cloaked Minor, a Sharp-angled Peacock, an Antler, 5 Brown-line Bright-eye, 4 Straw Underwing, 6 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Southern Wainscot, 3 Rosy Minor, 3 Ruby Tiger, 4 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3 Archer's Dart, 6 Least Yellow Underwing, 1 Clay, 1 Willow Beauty, 2 Dingy Footmen, 2 Brown Tail, a Least Carpet, 3 Yellow Tail, Small Blood-vein, Lychnis, 2 Fen Wainscot, 4 Shaded Broad-bar, a Straw Dot, 3 Flounced Rustic, 2 Tree-lichen Beauty, a Burnished Brass, 5 Garden Tiger, Mother of Pearl, 2 Common Pug, 3 Smoky Wainscot, Turnip, Rosy Rustic, Shore Wainscot, Coast Dart, 4 Common Rustic, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Silver Y, Large Yellow Underwing, Lime-speck Pug, Mouse Moth, Humming-bird Hawk, Dark Arches, Haworth's Pug, 3 Lyme Grass, 6 White-lined Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Brown-veined Wainscot, Wormwood Pug and Webb's Wainscot.

A Silver-washed Fritillary was feeding at the buddlea in the afternoon, and an Emperor Dragonfly was also noted.

Coast Dart, Brown-veined Wainscot and Silver-washed Fritillary

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Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT +2.Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh mid a'noon
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT still +4.Common Cranes still
Norfolk Quail male singing Thorpe Marriott again by Marriott's Way in field at end of Felsham Way mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey flew past Cley
Norfolk 3+Common Cranes (2.ads +1+juv) Welney WWT still north of Friends Hide late morning
Norfolk 4+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE