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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 11th October 2020

On the sea today 300 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 400+ Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Pom Skua, 3 Arctic Skuas, 17 Great Skuas, 2 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, 67 Auk sp, Little Gull, Med Gull, Long and Short-eared Owls were seen.

Other birds of interest today included 200 Golden Plover, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Snipe, 10 Bearded Tits west along Broadwater, a Swallow, Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler trapped and ringed, 10 Blackcaps, a Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrushes, 35 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 15 Robins, a Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 45 Meadow Pipits, 9 Rock Pipits, 6 Bramblings and 20 Siskins.

 

A Sallow, Red-green Carpet, Feathered Ranunculus, Beaded Chestnut, 2 Black Rustics and a Large Yellow Underwing were in the moth traps, while a Wall Brown, Small Copper and Speckled Wood were round the Observatory centre.

 

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Norfolk 3.Pom Skuas flew east flew past Sheringham by 2pm (+ 4.Sooty S'waters)

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Burnham Overy Staithe at 3.35pm

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 3.24pm at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side

Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew east past East Runton +juv.Long-tailed Skua flew east

Norfolk Grey Phal Wells Woods flew SE over flood near caravan park at 2.45pm

Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holme at Gore Point

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still along coastal path mid a'noon

Norfolk Barred Warbler Wells Woods still c2pm SW of The Dell in hawthorns by marsh

Norfolk Barred Warbler Wells Woods SW of The Dell in hawthorns by marsh briefly 1.20pm

Norfolk Barred Warbler Wells Woods SW of The Dell in hawthorns by marsh briefly 1.20pm

Norfolk 4+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines still

Norfolk Black Redstart male Waxham still on roof of cottage with scaffolding

Norfolk Hawfinch Cockley Cley flew north over layby at 8.50am

Norfolk Pom Skua flew east past Cley this morning (+Sooty S'water Red-necked Grebe 2.Short-eared Owls)

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret

Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes

Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham +south of River Thurne at Martham Ferry in 2nd field east of car park at 12.05pm. From Ferrygate Lane take footpath TG.449.199

Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings flew east over Burnham Overy Dunes

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes still +Y-br.Wblr

Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side at 10.45am

Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes at 9.30am

Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh

Norfolk Long-eared Owl flew west past Holme at 9am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still at north end of Lady Anne's Drive

Norfolk 18.Common Cranes 1/2ml north of Clippesby by B1152. 12.Common Cranes Waxham at Brograve Farm

Norfolk 18.Common Cranes 1/2ml north of Clippesby by B1152. 12.Common Cranes Waxham at Brograve Farm

Norfolk probable Parrot Crossbill south of Lynford Arboretum along track.38 with 6.Crossbills

Norfolk Hawfinch Thetford flew over Nunnery Lakes NR

Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (ad 3w 1w) y'day Titchwell RSPB roost +Great White Egret 2.Spoonbills over