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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 29th August 2020

Seawatching was exciting first thing with 45 Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 5 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 8 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 37 Fulmars, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 91 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pom Skuas, 55 Arctic Skuas, 30 Great Skuas, 3 Little Terns, 18 Sandwich Terns, a juvenile Arctic Tern, 117 Kittiwakes, and an adult Little Gull recorded. Also of interest today were a Water Rail, a Little Ringed Plover west, 15 Whimbrel, 250+ Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, 150+ House Martins and a Wheatear, Pied Flycatcher, 4 Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Only 5 moths were caught today; Dingy Footman, Flounced Rustic, Silver Y, Large Yellow Underwing and Agriphila geniculea.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2+Long-tailed Skuas (both juvs) flew past Cley
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB +Little Stint Great White Egret Spoonbill
Norfolk Black Tern y'day flew past Trimingham
Norfolk 2.Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton Valley in Hermanus sycamores
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Curlew Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.17pm +Turnstone
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still +3.Little Gulls flew past
Norfolk dead Pied Fly 1w Snettisham RSPB on path to Shore Hide
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB on mud at 10.50am +juv.Spoonbill still on pit
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Waxham Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey west of Horsey Straight layby
Norfolk Curlew Sand Sheringham on beach
Norfolk Storm Petrel Sheringham flew west past east end of Promenade at 8.50am
Norfolk possible Pied Fly Wymondham in trees east of railway near sewage works with tit flock tho elusive
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham +landed on sea briefly mid morning (+drk.Scaup Little Gull). Long-tailed Skua flew past Cley mid morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham +landed on sea briefly mid morning (+drk.Scaup Little Gull). Long-tailed Skua flew past Cley mid morning
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk Great S'water flew north past Walcott at 6.50am (+Storm Petrel flew north)