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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 20th September 2020

On the sea today 20 Brent Geese, an Eider, 18 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmars, 69 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Arctic Skuas, 101 Sandwich Terns and 5 Kittiwakes were of note, with 1,020+ Bar-tailed Godwits and 28,000 Knot counted at high tide. A Red Kite, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, a Swallow, 7 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart, 3 Stonechats, 5+ Bramblings, a Redpoll and 3 Siskins were of interest.

In the moth trap today 19 Lunar Underwings, 6 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Feathered Ranunculus, a Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Brown-spot Pinions, 4 Square-spot Rustics, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Silver Y and a Humming-bird Hawk moth was on the buddleias, while Brown Argus and Small Heath were still on the wing in the autumn sunshine.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove flew south over Buckenham Marshes RSPB mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still mid a'noon on south side of The Dell
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew east past Sheringham at 2.10pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Thornham Point early a'noon
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 1.50pm Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk possible Arctic Warbler Warham Greens by coast path at 3rd field west of Garden Drove [heard only] (not at south end of Garden Drove) TF.937.437
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Common Crane
MEGA Norfolk presumed WHITE-CHINNED PETREL again c12.50pm Cley NWT flew east past beach car park
Norfolk possible Arctic Warbler reported Warham Greens at south end of Garden Drove [heard only] TF.943.428
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11.50am Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still 11.55am on south side of The Dell
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Wells Woods on north side of The Dell at 11.45am
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 11.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods on north side of The Dell at 11.25am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB still from new hide +6.Spotted Redshanks 8.Spoonbills Turtle Dove still
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy in hedge late morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk possible White-chinned Petrel Cley NWT NW of beach car park at 10.30am tho distant then lost to view
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still mid morning Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods at drinking pool +Pied Fly
Norfolk repeat: presumed WHITE-CHINNED PETREL Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am (not Great-winged Petrel)
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR (+juv.Little Stint 3.Spotted Redshanks) TM.173.831
MEGA Norfolk presumed WHITE-CHINNED PETREL Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am (not Great-winged Petrel)
Norfolk repeat: probable Great-winged Petrel Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still 8.45am on fence by track south of The Dell south of main track
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still 9.15am on south side of The Dell
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr c2mls NNE of Mundford at High Ash Wood in NE corner of Desert Rats Trail mid morning
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool just E.of windpump then flushed. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk probable Great-winged Petrel Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am
Norfolk Little Stint flew west over Burnham Overy Dunes at 8am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still on fence by track south of The Dell 300yds south of main track early morning
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 7.55am Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holkham east of Lady Anne's Drive early morning
Norfolk Great S'water flew east past Sheringham at c7.14am
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still on south side of The Dell
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still Warham Greens north of coast path west of Garden Drove in hollow at 7.33am cTF.939.438
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Snettisham RSPB still