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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 27th September 2020

Another excellent day for seawatching with 59 Brent Geese, 122 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, 236 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Arctic Skuas, 36 Great Skuas, 2 Guillemots, 2 Sandwich Terns, 5 Arctic Terns, 10 Kittiwakes, 2 Med Gulls, and a Storm Petrel west around 9.30am.

Other birds of note included a single Pintail, a Great White Egret, an Avocet, Golden Plover, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Ruff and 3 Snipe, a Kingfisher on the Broadwater, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers sheltering on the west side of the reserve, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Brambling around the pines, 3 Siskins, a Snow Bunting and at Thornham Harbour 2 Lapland Buntings were seen.

Moth traps contained just 4 Lunar Underwings and a Beaded Chestnut, with 2 Migrant Hawkers still present near the Observatory.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk 9.Little Gulls Wells still over field south of Pinewoods Caravan Park mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still mid a'noon at The Dell on south side of meadow
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still c3.30pm (+3.Little Stints 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling still 3.25pm north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow (+10+Little Gulls still)
Norfolk Grey Phal Titchwell RSPB still mid a'noon on sea
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Weybourne on sea c400yds west of car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Velvet Scoter drk flew past Cley
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still 2pm (+2.Little Stints Little Gull)
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Warham Greens at Garden Drove early morning
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Heacham flew north past North Beach mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Welney WWT still mid a'noon from main observatory
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods +Mealy Redpoll
Norfolk Snow Bunting Sea Palling along sea wall
Norfolk Grey Phal Titchwell RSPB on sea early a'noon (2.Little Gulls on freshmarsh)
Norfolk Grey Phal Salthouse still mid a'noon in fields east of Beach Road (+2.Caspian Gulls (ad +2w) Arctic Tern. 2w.Caspian Gull east of Iron Road)
Norfolk Pied Fly Holkham Pines +2.Y-br.Wblrs
Norfolk Little Gull Stiffkey Fen at 1.20pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling still early a'noon north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow (+30+Little Gulls still)
Norfolk Little Stint Cley flew east past beach car park this morning
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls flew past Weybourne
Norfolk Little Gull Salthouse in flooded fields east of Beach Road early a'noon
Norfolk 6.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham +10.Little Gulls
Norfolk Grey Phal Salthouse in flooded fields east of Beach Road early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels Cley flew west past beach car park 8am-11am +juv.Sabine's Gull 2.Balearic S'waters (+8.Sooty S'waters 2w.Caspian Gull 8.Little Gulls)Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still at The Dell on south side of meadow late morning
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still 11.43am
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad on Friday Cley NWT flew over Eye Field in a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT at main lagoon +8.Cattle Egrets still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Cley in flooded field by sewage works at 11.20am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 11.09am c400yds east of The Lookout with tit flock
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Welney WWT from main observatory
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still in willows by junction of main path +path to Fen Hide [heard only]
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on sea at 7.30am
Norfolk 3.Sooty S'waters Cley flew west past coastguards 8.16-10.12am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 10.32am with tit flock
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Titchwell RSPB still on beach
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Cley flew past coastguards by 9.15am (+2.Sooty S'waters flew west)
Norfolk Storm Petrel flew west past Titchwell RSPB. Great White Egret still in reedbed
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Titchwell RSPB still on beach towards Thornham Point at 10.07am
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels flew west past West Runton mid morning
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling still at Kelling Quags +showing well (+6+Little Gulls)
Norfolk Little Gull north of Wymondham Abbey on flood at 7.54am then flew north
Norfolk 4.Grey Phals y'day flew past Cley 7am-4pm +6.Pom Skuas (+68.Sooty S'waters 26.Little Gulls 3.Purple Sands). On Friday 4.ad.Long-tailed Skuas flew low over beach car park in a'noon
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv Weybourne flew past beach car park at 6.54am