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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 3rd October 2020

An excellent day for visual migration, with north-easterlies and low cloud/rain bringing down many passerines. Highlights included 11 Eider, 162 Common Scoter, a female Goosander, 3 Red-throated Divers, 125 Gannets, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, 3 Kittiwakes, 9 Razorbills and Arctic Skua on the sea. Waders included 160 Golden Plover, 84 Lapwing, 32 Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank, Jack Snipe and 4 Woodcock. Other birds of note included Med Gull, Kingfisher, Merlin, 10 Swallows, 7 Yellow-browed Warblers around the recording area, the Blyth's Reed Warbler again showing near the Heligoland trap on the Observatory reserve, 10 Chiffchaffs including a Siberian Chiffchaff along the river Hun, 2 Willow Warblers, 35+ Blackcaps, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats (1 eastern race), 2 Whitethroats, a Ring Ouzel seen in the dunes, 120+ Song Thrushes, 45 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 80+ Robins, 6 Redstarts, 4 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 6 Bramblings, 4 Redpolls, 36 Siskins, 2 Snow Buntings and 3 Lapland Buntings.


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Norfolk Red-breasted Fly male Happisburgh late a'noon

Norfolk Scaup Weybourne

Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Norton +4.Great White Egrets

Norfolk Short-eared Owl just east of Wells at North Point Pools over fields at 4.20pm TF.932.431

Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Winterton North Dunes c1ml NNW of beach car park in bushes just west of sea wall late a'noon TG.489.213

Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Sedgeford west of church by bridge late a'noon

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Walcott along clifftop (+Snow Bunting)

Norfolk probable Richard's Pipit Caister flew in off sea

Norfolk Hawfinch Happisburgh at The Old Forge then flew to village

Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings Blakeney Point (+2.Little Stints)

Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Wells in channel

Norfolk Glossy Ibis just east of Martham Ferry in flooded fields south of river at 3.55pm

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Thornham Point (+Ring Ouzel Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form)

Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew north over Horsey this a'noon +Ring Ouzel Short-eared Owl Great White Egret

Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines still +Hawfinch over

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cromer near lighthouse

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes midway between boardwalk +west end of pines at c3.30pm +2.Lapland Buntings flew west cTF.863.455

Norfolk reported Olive-backed Pipit Burnham Overy Dunes is a Tree Pipit

Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER Holkham Pines c400yds west of Joe Jordan Hide along track in reeds at c2.45pm

Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk tho mobile

Norfolk report of probable Dusky Warbler Holkham Pines was erroneous

Norfolk Barred Warbler Warham Greens in brambles on saltmarsh between Garden Drove +East Hills at 1pm

Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Wells Woods on grass west of The Dell briefly midday then flew to trees +no further sign (+2.Pied Flys)

Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Walcott opposite allotments

Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills in brambles on NE side of sycamores this morning. Barred Warbler at west end +3.Lapland Buntings cTF.925.458

Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Blakeney Point just west of The Hood still mid a'noon

Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section. Y-br.Wblr at St.Nicholas' Churchyard

Norfolk probable Dusky Warbler Holkham Pines c400yds west of Joe Jordan Hide along track in reeds briefly mid a'noon

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Beeston Bump flew in off sea

Norfolk Hawfinch Cley on Church Lane at White Cottage at 1.13pm TG.047.434

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton at Low Road

Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Salthouse Heath at Pinfold Hill along public footpath at 1pm +male.Ring Ouzel Pied Fly

Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Holkham Pines again 1.40pm flew over

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Eccles flew inland from dunes at 1pm

Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still on fence in 2nd field south of Pinewoods Caravan Park this a'noon

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood still +Pied Fly

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at Garden Drove still this a'noon

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes

Norfolk Richard's Pipit Blakeney Point flew over Yankee Ridge +landed on saltings at 1.24pm

Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Wells Woods in birches east of The Dell at 9.20am then flew west +2.Y-br.Wblrs still

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills in suaeda cTF.925.458

Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER Wells Woods c70yds from entrance gate at 12.55pm with tit flock but no sign since (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Holkham Pines flew west over Washington Hide at 1.05pm

Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Blakeney Point 2/3ml west of beach car park on wreck at 12.35pm

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr King's Lynn at The Walks near bandstand with tit flock

Norfolk Short-eared Owl West Runton flew in off sea

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Snettisham RSPB

Norfolk Grey Phal Cley flew west past beach car park 7am-11am (+Short-eared Owl)

Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Blakeney Point just west of The Hood at 11.50am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB near visitor centre

Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holme NOA by car park

Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Warham Greens at Garden Drove just north of concrete pad at c11.35am tho elusive

Norfolk Black-throated Diver juv Cley flew west past beach car park 7am-11am +3.Little Gulls

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Warham Greens

Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still

Norfolk possible Baltic Gull (nominate form fuscus, unringed) juv y'day Titchwell RSPB still at end of path in evng

Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER still Holme NOA by Heligoland trap +showing well

Norfolk Richard's Pipit Brancaster flushed from golf course +flew to dunes +no further sign (+Long-eared Owl)

Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT at Heigham Sound from boat at 10.15am

Norfolk Little Gull Wells at East Quay +Great White Egret

Norfolk Grey Phal Salthouse again on pool north of duckpond at 7.35am tho distant

Norfolk probable Great Snipe Burnham Overy Dunes flushed +flew over saltmarsh

Norfolk Wryneck Happisburgh

Norfolk Shorelark Happisburgh on mud at Coastwatch

Norfolk Hawfinch Wells Woods at The Dell

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still on south side in hawthorns by path

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA