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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 3rd May 2021

On the sea today 600 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 9 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns were counted. Other highlights included 10 Whimbrel, a Cuckoo, 5 Swifts, a Hobby, 13 Swallow, 8 House Martins, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Siskins were seen.

In the moth traps a Hebrew Character, 3 Muslins, a Shuttle-shaped Dart and a Northern Drab were caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Dotterel still mid a'noon 1.5mls SSE of Titchwell ENE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalk Pit Lane TF.765.414
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Waxham flew in off sea at 1.30pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Warham Greens on saltmarsh still 2.18pm
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv between Scratby +Caister at 1.40pm
Norfolk Dotterel still 12.55pm 1.5mls SSE of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of south end of Chalk Pit Lane cTF.763.413
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Winterton still c1.10pm from Low Road then flew south
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Winterton still c1.10pm from Low Road
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv flew south over Winterton North Dunes this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Gresham
Norfolk no sign of male.Blue-headed Wagtail Norwich at Earlham Marsh +no further sign of male.Ring Ouzel TG.188.086
Norfolk Turtle Dove Waxham still this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail between Waxham +Horsey +3.Ring Ouzels
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at North Scrape
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Woodlark West Runton
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER flew south over Waxham late morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Brancaster Staithe flew west over boat park at 8.30am
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) 1ml NE of North Walsham still 100yds north of Pigneys Wood in paddock west of Paston Way from footbridge TG.294.325
Norfolk Dotterel 1.5mls SSE of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of south end of Chalk Pit Lane cTF.763.413
Norfolk Curlew Sand Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male West Runton with cattle at 10.30am +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail Kelling Water Meadow still 10.30am in field
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh then flew SE
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose north of Somerton Holmes in 1st field east of road
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail Kelling Water Meadow by pool at 9.25am (+fem.Blue-headed Wagtail)
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Downham Market on River Great Ouse bank towards Stowbridge
Norfolk Ring Ouzel west of Norwich +west of Earlham Marsh in scrub on slope
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme flew west over golf course
Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew west over Sidestrand at 8.05am
Norfolk Wood Sand Brancaster on west side of freshmarsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male West Runton just east of beach car park at 7.58am