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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 Thursday 22nd April 2021

A beautiful sunny day with light winds, highlights were 2 Red Kites, 15+ Whimbrel, 50 Golden Plover, a Barn Owl, 2 Sand Martins, 5 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 10+ Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, 3+ Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, a Whinchat, 4 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, a Redpoll and 4 Siskins.

In the moth traps 4 Hebrew Characters and an Early Grey were caught, and 4 Green Hairstreaks were also on the wing.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on east pool in sedge. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still 3.20pm at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Breydon Water at South Wall this morning +10.Arctic Terns flew east
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Loddon still at Hardley Staithe in sheep field just east of car park at 2.38pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston still 2.15pm in 1st paddock east of NT car park from coast path +showing well
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy
Norfolk Scaup y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Caspian Gull on Monday Cley NWT +Curlew Sand reported
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem flew north over Snettisham Coastal Park at 11.05am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 1.41pm
Norfolk 5.Garganey (4.drks) still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide late morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still 12.30pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston Quay still at north end of paddock east of approach road
Norfolk Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB still +Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Salthouse still north of A149 on dry pool east of Iron Road at 11.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich at All Saints Green on Aviva building opposite John Lewis entrance
Norfolk 25+Whimbrel Loddon still in cattle field between Hardley/ Langley +Hardley Street
Norfolk Water Pipit reported on Tuesday Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Cley at 8.59am
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels still near Hindolveston at Nethergate Farm on small golf course
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male singing still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at north end of E.Lake near 2.bridges at 7.40am. Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels y'day Kelling Water Meadow by track 100yds beyond guns in morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv y'day Salthouse again on pool west of Beach Road and then flew west