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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 Friday 23rd April 2021

A clear day with light winds, highlights included 2 Ravens east over Thornham Bank approx 8.30am, an Osprey west over the NWT, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers offshore, 109 Golden Plover, 18 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank and 3 Snipe were seen around the grazing marshes and 34 Med Gulls, 10 Sandwich Terns, 2+ Cuckoos, a Barn Owl, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, 6 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 10 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, 2+ Grasshopper Warblers, 20 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 5 Stonechats, 4 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail and 4 Siskins were all of interest.

Around the Observatory 3 Brimstones and 4 Green Hairstreaks were seen, while in the moth traps just 2 Hebrew Characters and a Powdered Quaker were caught.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Breydon Water
Norfolk 12.Bar-tailed Godwits flew thru Pensthorpe Water Fowl Park
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still from bridge
Norfolk 4.Garganey (2.drks) still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Waxham behind dunes at Poplar Farm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 1ml east of Cley flew east over Walsey Hills NOA mid a'noon then flew along ridge
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Hockwold Washes still 1.57pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel just NE of Kelling Water Meadow still on fence post
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.34am then flew towards Hickling Broad. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again on Whitwell Scrape
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male singing still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at north end of E.Lake near 2.bridges early morning but no further sign by 9.15am. Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk Osprey west over Holme Dunes NWT at 12.15pm
Norfolk Osprey flew west Scolt Head Island at c11.55am
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end viewable from west end of Holkham Pines at 11.31am
Norfolk Osprey Breydon Water early morning
Norfolk Grey Phal Cantley Marshes RSPB still from footpath from west end of Malthouse Lane tho distant
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Blakeney Harbour at 11.15am
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (all ads) Breydon Water early morning +Spotted Redshank still. 12.Arctic Terns flew east at 7.20am
Norfolk Osprey Blakeney Point flew high SW inland of Halfway House at 11.12am
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Cley NWT at 11.08am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel west of Aylmerton early morning
Norfolk Osprey Salthouse circling high just east of church at 10.59am +drifting west
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston Quay still in field east of Quay Lane
Norfolk Osprey Blakeney Point till 10.53am on post just beyond Long Hills then flew west along shore
Norfolk Osprey Blakeney Point on post just beyond Long Hills
Norfolk Osprey Sheringham flew west over Pretty Corner at 10.40am
Norfolk Osprey Cromer flew west along cliffs at golf course at 10.25am
Norfolk Grey Phal y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB still (+2.Garganey Little Gull 2.Bar-tailed Godwits)
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill at 9.14am TG.101.436
Norfolk Hawfinch Honing flew north over Lock Road at 7.58am NR28 9PJ
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Garganey y'day Snettisham Coastal Park in evng