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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 19th September 2020

Seawatching today produced a 5 Brent Geese, 5 Wigeon, 4 Teal, a Common Scoter, 44 Gannets, single Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, and Arctic Skua and 124 Sandwich Terns. A Pied Flycatcher was in the sycamore near the Obs and then in the pines mid morning, 11 Spoonbills flew east along the Broadwater and a Woodlark flew over the Obs. At least 10 Siskins and a Crossbill flew over calling and a Spotted Redshank, 48 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Avocets, 375+ Oystercatchers, 40 Golden Plover, 247 Grey Plover, 100+ Curlew, 1,200+ Bar-tailed Godwits and 10,000+ Knot were counted with most waders seen off the Golf Course @ 8.30am. Both Barn Owl and Tawny Owl were noted during the day, and other birds of interest included 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.

A fairly standard run of moths included 6 Silver Ys, 24 Lunar Underwings, 8 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 4 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Feathered Ranunculus, a White-line Dart, Archer's Dart and a Large Wainscot. A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleias during the day.

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Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Holkham Pines on SE side of Salt Pool mid a'noon
Norfolk no sign of reported Bonelli's Warbler sp Holkham Pines at crosstracks mid a'noon (but 2.Pied Flys)
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 2.45pm Warham Greens in NW corner of field south of coast path west of Garden Drove. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR at 2.35pm TM.173.831
Norfolk Pied Fly Weybourne
Norfolk Wood Warbler Wells Woods still mid a'noon on east side of The Dell +Y-br.Wblr 3.Pied Flys
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme Dunes +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Warham Greens flew north over A149 just west of Garden Drove at c1.58pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sidestrand south of Cromer Road in sycamores at Paston Way footpath at c12.30pm
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods in The Dell (+Wood Warbler). Red-backed Shrike in field opposite The Dell
Norfolk Pied Fly Hunstanton at Sensory Garden at 6am
Norfolk BONELLI'S WARBLER sp reported Holkham Pines at crosstracks
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Muckleburgh Hill
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Cley flew east past beach car park 7.30am-10am +2.1w.Little Gulls
Norfolk 6.Scaup Cromer +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes at east end
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 11.05am 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool just E.of windpump tho mobile. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still on mud
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Stiffkey
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes at east end
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 10.45am Warham Greens in NW corner of field south of coast path west of Garden Drove. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB still on south pit from South Hide +4.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Pec Sand reported y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still +juv.Curlew Sand still. Y'day Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods east of Dell +5+Pied Flys
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Weybourne
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Happisburgh +2.Pied Flys
Norfolk no further sign of released juv.White-tailed Eagle Snettisham RSPB mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham NNR still east of Washington Hide by bench
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 9.05am 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool just E.of windpump. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 8.55am Warham Greens in NW corner of field south of coast path west of Garden Drove. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv still 8am Snettisham RSPB on post
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle 3w still 8am Snettisham RSPB on post
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle 3w flew east over Snettisham RSPB at c7.35am
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 7.30am Warham Greens in NW corner of field south of coast path west of Garden Drove +showing well. Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still Warham Greens in NW corner of field south of coast path west of Garden Drove (+Ring Ouzel). Restricted access to field has been granted TF.939.438
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool just E.of windpump. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH