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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 11th April 2021

A mixed day of sunshine and wintry showers. On the sea 8 Eider, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Gannet, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 30+ Sandwich Terns and 4 Kittiwakes were seen. Great White Egret and Spoonbill were noted, and 2 Red Kites drifted over. Waders included 20 Avocets, 66 Golden Plover, 120 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, single Ruff and Green Sandpiper. Migrants included a Cuckoo, 5 Swallows, 16 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, Sedge Warbler, Fieldfare, 4 Stonechats, 2 Bramblings, a male Crossbill and 4+ Siskins.

The moth traps contained just 3 Hebrew Characters.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still at north end from east side of bridge at 3.43pm tho distant
Norfolk 7.Garganey (5.drks) Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 2.42pm. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still between visitor centre +Stubb Mill on Brendan's Marsh at 2.30pm +Water Pipit
Norfolk no further sign of imm.White-tailed Eagle between Horsey +Winterton by 1.20pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still 2.20pm
Norfolk no sign of any Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad from bridge
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park at 11.30am +fem/1w.male.Black Redstart
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew south over Titchwell RSPB at 1.28pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male Titchwell still in horse paddocks at 12.11pm TF.753.438
Norfolk 6.Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm still between Horsey +Winterton from Bramble Hill at 9.30am tho mobile
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 10.51am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Hickling Broad NWT at 2nd pool along track to Stubb Mill
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad
Norfolk 8+Lapland Buntings still Happisburgh north of Church Farm in ploughed field west of gun emplacements TG.374.317
Norfolk Kittiwake ad Whitlingham Ctry Park still at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Quags
Norfolk Glaucous Gull imm y'day California flew south over fields in morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still along beach at 6.55am