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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 29th November 2020

A dreary overcast day with drizzle developing pm, a group of 10 and another of 23 Whooper Swans flew west during the afternoon, 5 Goosander flew west, 2 Bearded Tits were near the Broadwater and 2 Bramblings were on the feeders near the Richardson hide.

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Norfolk Great White Egret c1/2ml SE of Billockby by Muck Fleet late morning TG.433.125
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Breydon Water from hide
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still 2pm c1/2ml south of Horsey by Horsey Straight (+c55.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose south of Horsey by Horsey Straight this a'noon (+c80.Russian White-fronted Geese 26.Whooper Swans over)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay still +3.Great Northern Divers 5.Scaup
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley at The Quay late morning cTG.044.439
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ingham opposite Boundary Farm with 24.Whooper Swans. 26.Whooper or Bewick's Swans flew north over Winterton early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ingham opposite Boundary Farm with 24.Whooper Swans. 26.Whooper or Bewick's Swans flew north over Winterton early a'noon
Norfolk c45.Snow Buntings Holkham Gap
Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse at 12.15pm (+20.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) still 12.10pm Winterton North Beach 1/2ml north of huts then 1.flew north towards groynes TG.489.213
Norfolk no sign of drk.Red-breasted Merg Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes on St.Andrew's Broad
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Eccles on beach at North Gap
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls Winterton North Beach c1ml north of beach car park late morning TG.489.213
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction TG.041.433
Norfolk Black Redstart y'day Thornham Point on beach at 3.30pm
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB in reedbed south of Island Hide. ad.Bewick's Swan still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk Velvet Scoter 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne off Spalla Gap
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv still Winterton North Beach at 10.05am (+Caspian Gull)
Norfolk Great White Egret Wymondham still near abbey by River Tiffey