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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 Sunday 9th August 2020

Seawatching today produced 47 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 25 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 21 Sandwich and 12 Common Terns. Waders included 15+ Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Greenshank. Three Wheatears were noted, 2 along the East Bank near the Observatory, together with a family of at least 4 Stonechats. Also of interest were 5 Willow Warblers. A Turtle Dove was on the NWT reserve.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was at the buddleia and in the traps highlights included a Least Carpet, 23 Dingy Footmen, 21 Cloaked Minor, 2 Small Waved Umber, a Willow Beauty, 3 Yellow-tail, 3 Drinker, a White-lined Dart, 2 Pine Hawks, a Knot Grass, 8 Scarce Footmen, a Coxcomb Prominent, a White Point, 7 Garden Pebbles, a Riband Wave, 5 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Flounced Rustics, a Lychnis, Single Dotted Wave, Rusty-dot Pearl, 5 Archer's Darts, 3 Straw Underwings, a Least Yellow Underwing, a Fern, a Tree-lichen Beauty, Scalloped Oak, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Silver Y, 2 Rustics, a Straw Dot, 2 Garden Tigers, a Flame Shoulder and a Spectacle.

Rusty Dot Pearl

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Norfolk White Stork flew past Titchwell RSPB mid a'noon
Norfolk 8.Pied Flys Blakeney Point
Norfolk White Stork Titchwell RSPB mid a'noon
Norfolk 7.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still mid a'noon on freshmarsh
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 2.15pm Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way (+Little Stint). Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church, N along Church Lane to bend then E on track, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW
Norfolk Pied Fly between Horsey +Winterton
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme Dunes
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN again 12.53pm Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way at 12.45pm then flew off
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT from Friends Hide
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills cTF.925.458
Norfolk 7.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Pied Fly Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods on south side of The Dell at 10.45am
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Salthouse at Gramborough Hill +Great White Egret flew west
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Snettisham RSPB briefly 10.10am (+Wood Sand 3.Turtle Doves Pied Fly)
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine +juv.Spoonbill flew east
Norfolk 35+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 Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk 6.Garganey just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +2.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk White Stork Blackborough west of New Road south of River Nar at Nar Flood Storage Resr at 6.50am