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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 4th October 2020

                                                Scarce Bordered Straw and Olive-tree Pearl


Another excellent day of migration with notable records including 3 Red Kites, a Whimbrel, 8 Snipe, Barn, Tawny and Short-eared Owls, 4+ Swifts, Kingfisher, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 45 Goldcrests, 10 Skylarks, 10+ Swallows, 50+ House Martins, 10 Yellow-browed Warblers around the recording area (3 ringed at the Observatory), 25 Chiffchaffs, 40 Blackcaps, 3 Garden Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroats (two ringed at the Observatory both of eastern race), 2+ Ring Ouzels on the NWT dunes reserve, 3 Mistle Thrushes, a Red-breasted Flycatcher reported at the Golf Course, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 6+ Redstarts, 8+ Stonechats, 15 Bramblings, 4 Redpolls and 14 Siskins. The Blyth's Reed Warbler continued to show for some giving good views at times, seen near the Heligoland trap.


The moth traps contained some migratory species too, with Scarce Bordered Straw, 2 Rusty Dot Pearl and Olive-tree Pearl among the catch.




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Norfolk Wryneck Happisburgh still (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk Arctic Tern juv Kelling Water Meadow still mid a'noon

Norfolk Hoopoe still 3.45pm Wighton by minor road 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm TF.932.399

Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end

Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew west past Cley. Short-eared Owl at Sea Pool then flew east. ringtail.Hen Harrier over Watling Water late morning

Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Winterton North Dunes

Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Sedgeford still west of church by bridge mid a'noon with tit flock

Norfolk Red-necked Phal still mid a'noon Salthouse off A149 from path north towards Little Eye cTG.076.440

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

Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point still this morning (+4.Snow Buntings Firecrest Curlew Sand Great Northern Diver 4.Russian White-fronted Geese)Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burgh Castle in garden this morning

Norfolk c9.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines

Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holme NOA trapped +ringed this morning

Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Holme Dunes (+Ring Ouzel 2.Y-br.Wblrs Short-eared Owl. 2.Lesser Whitethroats (possibly of an eastern form) Holme NOA trapped +ringed)

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by Joe Jordan Hide mid a'noon

Norfolk Hoopoe again c1.45pm Wighton by minor road just west of Potter's Farm then flew south along railway TF.932.399

Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp at 7.50am

Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Winterton North Dunes in wood north of double pools

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at east end by west end of Holkham Pines

Norfolk no further sign of Radde's Warbler Burnham Overy in bushes c200yds along coastal path

Norfolk Hoopoe Wighton by minor road c1/2ml west of Potter's Farm briefly 11.39am TF.932.399

Norfolk Great White Egret Mundesley

Norfolk no news on Radde's Warbler Burnham Overy since c10.10am

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

Norfolk Shorelark still Happisburgh at Coastwatch this morning

Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) Titchwell in willow at 9am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood still

Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Wells Woods at The Dell

Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells in cemetery

Norfolk Bittern Sculthorpe Moor NR from Victors Hide

Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 10.30am Salthouse off A149 from path north towards Little Eye +showing well cTG.076.440

Norfolk Hawfinch Scolt Head Island at House Hills early morning

Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER Burnham Overy in bushes c200yds along coastal path at c10.10am +showing well

Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Old Hunstanton in gardens east of Beach Cafe mid morning

Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew south over Kelling Quags at c8.40am +Lapland Bunting over

Norfolk Little Bunting Old Hunstanton in dunes at north end of beach huts at 7.55am then flew south

Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods still

Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still viewed from Friary Hills NT

Norfolk Great White Egret just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr east of Thornham Point in sea buckthorn

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Marshes in hedge north of A149 layby

Norfolk Short-eared Owl just east of Wells still at North Point Pools TF.932.431

Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) Holme in churchyard at 8.30am

Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still Wells Woods c100yds beyond entrance gate with tit flock tho mobile

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Beeston Regis with tit flock

Norfolk Red-necked Phal Salthouse on pool north of duckpond at c7.45am tho distant (not Grey Phal)

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still

Norfolk Black Redstart male Old Hunstanton on beach hut opposite golf club

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens

Norfolk Hawfinch flew over Great Massingham

Norfolk Hawfinch y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB

Norfolk Little Gull ad Cley flew east past beach car park at 6.45am