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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 30th April 2021

A Spoonbill was on the grazing marsh and raptor migration included 3 Red Kites and 15 Buzzards, with 10+ Whimbrel near Thornham Harbour, 3 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff also seen. Offshore 12 Common Scoter and 3 Little Terns were noted while hirundines were on the move with 6 Sand Martins, 6 House Martins and 35 Swallows counted passing. Other migrants included 1+ Grasshopper Warbler, 20 Sedge Warblers, 7 Reed Warblers, a Ring Ouzel, 6 Stonechats, and 3 Wheatears.

In the moth traps 2 Northern Drabs and a Muslin were caught, and a Green Hairstreak was near the viewing platform.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sedgeford still in field east of Glovers Farm at 1.44pm
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of 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 Wood Sand just east 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 3.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 12.56pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Brancaster flew over golf course at c12.53pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew west over Brancaster Staithe at c12.47pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew over Burnham Norton at c12.43pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew west over Holkham Gap at 12.32pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again flew east at 12.06pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Wells flew high west over lifeboat station at 12.18pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew high west over Warham Greens at 12.12pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Caister-on-Sea on golf course this morning
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11.57am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew north over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11.56am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Cley NWT flew west just inland of visitor centre at 11.52am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew west over Beeston Common at 11.38am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Sculthorpe Moor NR still in field with Highland cattle from Water Vole Bridge at 11am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton
Norfolk 3.Little Terns Rockland Broad
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Thornham at 9.58am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sculthorpe Moor NR still in field from Water Vole Bridge just beyond sheep at 9.37am
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Snettisham RSPB flew over pits at 9am on flowing tide
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB still 8am on The Wash
Norfolk Purple Heron Nar Valley Fisheries on River Nar early morning then flew towards gravel pits (permit only)
Norfolk Wryneck Hickling Broad NWT in willow scrub on flood wall near observatory hut at 8.30am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Hunstanton at South Beach
Norfolk Arctic Tern y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Purple Heron reported y'day flew SE over Bawsey Ctry Park
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 7.27am
Norfolk 7.Velvet Scoters flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Arctic Tern y'day Blickling Hall Lake briefly in a'noon