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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 25th April 2021

Highlights included 16 Whimbrel, 152 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Med Gulls, 2 Cuckoos, 2 Sand Martins, 4 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 4 Grasshopper Warblers, 8 Sedge Warblers, 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Wheatears, 5 Redpolls and 3 Siskins.


Ring Ouzel

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Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Salthouse at Cross Street on roof of British Columbia Hall at 3.52pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret SSW of Hockwold cum Wilton just north of Little Ouse River east of B1112 viewed from entrance to Ouse Bungalow Farm
Norfolk Great White Egret Sculthorpe Moor NR from Whitley Hide
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Beeston Regis in field west of sheep field viewed from gate near level crossing
Norfolk Spoonbill east of Stiffkey in flooded field
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Wood in field south of west end
Norfolk probable Black Redstart Winterton in garden briefly
Norfolk Spoonbill 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 Short-eared Owl Blakeney Point at Long Hills
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels (3.males) Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Holme in south corner of horse paddock at 11.55am TF.699.432
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew NE over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 9.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 10am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT from visitor centre at 1.11pm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holkham Park
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Holme
Norfolk 14.Little Gulls y'day Breydon Water
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk Little Gull 1w 1.5mls WSW of Foxley at Billingford Lakes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme in horse paddocks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male north of Snetterton in field east of Bradcar Road at 6.43am then flew north TL.990.917
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Winterton still mid morning 2/3ml south of Beach Road at South Dunes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Breydon Water still at high tide
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Snettisham Coastal Park still 10.06am in field opposite RSPB entrance
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on North Scrape briefly (+Little Stint in NE corner)
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Waxham at campsite at 8.40am. View only from coast path
Norfolk 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 DUSKY WARBLER male singing still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR from permissive path between Bob Clarke Lake +E.Lake at 6.30am TL.872.814
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp then flew west
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Winterton Dunes in valley
Norfolk Black Brant still Snettisham RSPB in fields by flood bank with 700+Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Heacham at Fen Way in paddocks
Norfolk Garganey drk Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh
Norfolk 16.Little Gulls Buckenham Marshes RSPB at c5.55am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Snettisham Coastal Park in field opposite RSPB entrance