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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 Monday 19th April 2021

Another beautiful sunny day but with a cold breeze, 11 Pink-feet were still on the grazing marsh and 150 Golden Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank were the waders of note. A male Redstart was on the NWT reserve and 12 Crossbills were in the pines but mobile. A Cuckoo was around the recording area and a Barn Owl was seen, with a group of 6 Sand Martins passing through early afternoon together with 2 Swallows. A Ring-necked Parakeet was near the paddocks and 10 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warblers and 2 Stonechats were seen during the day. 

Only 2 Hebrew Characters and a Powdered Quaker were in the moth traps but a Peacock butterfly was near the Observatory and a Small Copper was in the dunes.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston still late a'noon in last paddock east of NT car park from bank near steps
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh again at west end viewable from west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk Black Redstart West Runton
Norfolk 3.Garganey Hockwold Washes still this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park still 2.35pm at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 3.Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 1.45pm
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad at 1.10pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Wryneck still 2.04pm Cley on NE side by A149 in gardens tho elusive
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Horsey at end of Nelson Head Track this morning
Norfolk 7.Garganey (5.drks) still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still from bridge tho distant
Norfolk no further sign of Wryneck Cley on NE side by A149 in garden of Sea Lawn by 12.57pm
Norfolk 3.Arctic Terns Thorpe St.Andrew flew over Thorpe Marshes towards Broadland Business Park
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston still late morning in 1st field east of NT car park from coast path
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal just E.of Wells at North Point Pools W.of track N.of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance by late morning (but Spoonbill Jack Snipe). Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from rly station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wryneck still 11.26am Cley by A149 in garden of Sea Lawn tho elusive
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 11.07am on pool from hide
Norfolk Black Tern till 10.58am Buckenham Marshes RSPB then flew off high +6.Little Gulls then flew off
Norfolk Wryneck Cley in gardens by A149
Norfolk Little Gull Dickleburgh Moor NR at 10.36am TM.173.831
Norfolk 2+Common Scoters flew over Bowthorpe at 12.52am
Norfolk Black Tern Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool in front of hide
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool in front of hide
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again flew west along beach
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston still in 1st field east of NT car park from coast path at 8.46am +showing well