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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 Friday 18th September 2020

 
Feathered Ranunculus

At the Observatory today is was a bright, cloudless and very breezy day with an easterly winds bringing a few migrants early in the day. At least 3 Redstarts were on the site and a few groups totalling 12+ Bramblings were counted, with a Grey Wagtail flying over calling, 2 Crossbills and 6+ Redpolls also recorded. At least 79 Pink-feet and a single Brent were noted, and on the sea 120 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 128 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic and 3 Great Skuas, 46+ Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were of interest. Other birds seen included 2 Red Kites, 4 Great White Egrets, 220 Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Snipe.
 
In the moth trap a Lesser Yellow Underwing, a Turnip, 4 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Feathered Ranunculus, 32 Lunar Underwings, 16 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Square-spot Rustics, a Willow Beauty, 2 Vine's Rustics, a Black Rustic, a Large Wainscot, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Archer's Darts and on the buddleias a Humming-bird Hawk Moth were all recorded.
 
 

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Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 2.50pm Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk 6+Pied Flys Holkham between car park +Joe Jordan Hide this morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Sheringham flew over west end of golf course at 9.05am
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Holme Dunes NWT this morning +3.Brambling
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Warham Greens
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham NNR still 1.33pm by main path 100yds east of Washington Hide
Norfolk 5.Great Northern Divers Cley flew past beach car park
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 1.06pm Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings between Warham Greens +East Hills on saltmarsh
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 12.25pm 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump +showing well. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11.43am Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove TF.939.438
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB on south pit from South Hide at 11.05am
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Titchwell RSPB still on beach at end of footpath at 10.34am
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 10.13am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 11.20am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump at tho mobile. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy. 9.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy. 9.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11.09am Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove TF.939.438
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 10.45am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump then flew over river. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods at 10.53am (+Brambling)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Northrepps at Hungry Hill at east end in cottage garden mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods just east of toilet block +Pied Fly. Redwing in Dell
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still +Curlew Sand 40.Common Cranes
Norfolk repeat: BROWN SHRIKE 1w Warham Greens in field south of coast path west of Garden Drove TF.939.438
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w Warham Greens in field south of coastal path west of Garden Drove
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Waxham at church
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills just E.of Wells again at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 6.46am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Pied Fly Stiffkey by path towards Stiffkey Fen at 8.51am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool west of windpump at 8.55am then flew off. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Holme Dunes on beach near Gore Point at 6.30pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham NNR by Washington Hide +Pied Fly
Norfolk Wryneck Stiffkey west of car park in bushes by coastal path at 8.06am TF.959.439
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Stiffkey still
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Blakeney at Kettlehill Plantation on south side
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes at start of boardwalk
Norfolk 5+Spoonbills Stiffkey still on saltmarsh at 6.49am +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings y'day Blakeney Point (+3.Pied Flys)