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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 Tuesday 11th May 2021

Bird of the day was with out doubt the Great Reed Warbler trapped and ringed early morning. A large Pipit was also seen on the grazing marsh by several observers and appeared on the News services later as identified as a Richard's Pipit. Other birds of note included 20 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Redstart. 

Great Reed Warbler- Andy Brown


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Norfolk Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT at east end of Brendan's Marsh (+3.Garganey (2.drakes) Spotted Redshank)
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB again opposite mill at 11.42am then flew west
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on mud at 2.02pm
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 3.Grey-headed Wagtails (all male) still this a'noon Snettisham Coastal Park at north end of Ken Hill Marshes from crossbank (+Wood Sand 4.Turtle Doves Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Blue-headed Wagtails (1.male)
Norfolk Spoonbill Upton Marshes
Norfolk Richard's Pipit still 12.19pm Holme NWT on grazing marsh briefly
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier male Holme Dunes NWT still this morning tho distant
Norfolk 3.Grey-headed Wagtails (all male) Snettisham Coastal Park at north end at Ken Hill Marshes from crossbank
Norfolk no sign of Great Reed Warbler Holme NOA late morning
Norfolk 2.Grey-headed Wagtails Cley NWT still from East Ban
Norfolk large pipit sp Holme on grazing marsh briefly
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT +Spotted Redshank 2.Bitterns
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands just east of Wells 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 GREAT REED WARBLER Holme NOA trapped +ringed +will be released at 9.50am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard South Walsham flew SE over Fleet Dike mid morning
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew west past West Runton at 9.37am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew west over Cromer Golf Course at 9.31am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew north past Waxham at 8.53am
Norfolk Scaup ad.drk Breydon Water +76.Whimbrel
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park on wires opposite chip shop at 7.15am
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 8.Black Terns y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail West Runton at 8am then flew west
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +drk.Garganey. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane South Wootton flew south over A148 at allotments at 6.05am
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Sidestrand at 6.37am then flew east