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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 26th September 2020

Another day of seawatching included 23 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver east, 123 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Pom Skua, 6 Arctic Skuas, 57 Bonxies, one Sandwich Tern, 4+ Arctic Terns (three passing over the grazing marsh), a superb juvenile Sabine's Gull (approx. 9.30am) heading east, 2 Little Gulls and a Med Gull. A Grey Phalarope landed along Broadwater Road opposite the water pump but flew off soon afterwards. Other birds of note included 65 Pink-feet, 95 Wigeon, 2 Great White Egrets, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, an Avocet, 131 Dunlin, a Snipe, a Merlin, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Grey Wagtail and a Snow Bunting was seen on the beach.

Moths included 15 Lunar Underwings, a Feathered Ranunculus, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, an Angle Shades and a Silver Y. A Migrant Hawker dragonfly was hunting in the shelter of the pines.

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Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Cley (+26.Sooty S'waters)
Norfolk Grey Phal Salthouse at Beach Road on pools briefly 2.50pm then flew towards Cley (+Purple Sand 6.Little Gulls 2.Arctic Terns)
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley flew past coastguards this morning +2.Grey Phals
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still 2.45pm Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine +Grey Phal still
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew east past Weybourne Camp 6.55-10.55am
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling Water Meadow at 2.20pm
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still at The Dell in SE corner mid a'noon +showing well (+2.Y-br.Wblrs Pied Fly)
Norfolk 6.Little Stints Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine at 2.30pm +Purple Sand
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still 2.20pm (not Grey Phal) [reidentified from photograph]
Norfolk Grey Phal juv Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still 2.20pm (+2.Little Stints still)
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 1.48pm
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still on south pit from Shore Hide at 1.49pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still on north side of The Dell at 12.30pm
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Caister-on-Sea flew north along shore
Norfolk 29.Little Gulls Kelling Water Meadow at 1.30pm +showing well
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Sheringham off bank west of main shelter briefly c12.20pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still 1.34pm by 1st hide
Norfolk Pom Skua juv flew east past Sheringham at 7.11am (13+Sooty S'waters flew past 6.25am-1.04pm +2.Scaup 16+Little Gulls)
Norfolk Bonxie flew east over Syderstone Common at 12.12pm
Norfolk 48.Common Cranes Welney WWT still behind visitor centre at 12.17pm
Norfolk 6+Little Gulls Cley NWT at east end of Arnold's Marsh +Purple Sand flew west. c3.Little Stints off East Bank by The Serpentine. 10+Sooty S'waters flew past coastguards
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew west past Sheringham at 11.55am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Cley NWT at East Bank: 1.flew over Arnold's Marsh, 1.behind The Serpentine (+3.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew past Sheringham by 11am (+6.Sooty S'waters 2.Velvet Scoters 2.Arctic Terns)
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls flew past Sheringham
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Titchwell RSPB by pillbox near beach +Snow Bunting
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +8.Great White Egrets 32.Common Cranes
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew past beach car park
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Winterton 6.30-8.45am
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Happisburgh at c9.20am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Salthouse in fields east of Beach Road mid morning
Norfolk petrel sp flew past Sheringham at 7.40am +2+Sooty S'waters
Norfolk Little Gull ad Salthouse in fields east of Beach Road mid morning
Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 1+Grey Phal Cley off beach car park (+Sooty S'water)
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew past Happisburgh