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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT All NOA reserves remain closed at present, and following the lifting of some restrictions in England we would ask our members, visitors and volunteers to be patient while this situation continues. We are still some way from being able to provide a COVID secure environment for our staff and visitors, and any changes must be gradual, cautious and enable social distancing. Broadwater Road is currently closed, and the Beach Road Car Park is also closed. We would advise that parking and toilet facilities are not yet widely available. NWT Holme Dunes, Titchwell and Snettisham RSPB reserves also remain closed, and do not yet have a date for opening their car parks and other visitor facilities. Please also bear in mind that we are now in the middle of the breeding season. Birds which have been nesting undisturbed while visitors have stayed away need this situation to continue until their young have fledged. For similar reasons affecting land managers along the North Norfolk Coast AONB, their Re-opening the Norfolk Coast Working Group is asking people not to visit at this time until organisations have had a chance to put safety measures in place for social distancing and reopen provision such as toilets and car parks. Announcements will be made by individual organisations and businesses when this is the case, so please check before you travel, and don’t come at present. NOA hopes to offer some form of access at its reserves later this summer, but it could still be some weeks away and will remain limited while we find our ‘new normal’. Please bear with us, and we thank you again for your understanding and support

Monday 24th August 2015

After last nights small fall, hopes were high a repeat this morning but unfortunately most of the birds appeared to have departed. On the reserve two Pied Flycatchers remained though and several Garden and Willow Warblers were noted plus a single Redstart. An Icterine Warbler was found early morning in bushes near the firs and along the Broadwater there was a Kingfisher and two Common Sandpipers. Both Short-eared and Barn Owls were noted along the entrance track early morning and five Green and one Wood Sandpiper were on Redwell Marsh.

Pied Flycatcher in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, 24th August 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Sign of Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill + 2 Pied Flycatcher there NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Terek Sandpiper Reported Salthouse at 11:45 over Little Eye with Redshank. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill briefly in bushes before main thicket. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk No Sign of Reported Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill nor Icterine Warbler & Wryneck NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk No Sign of Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill + No Sign of Icterine Warbler & No Sign of Wryneck this mrng. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Wryneck Waxham Sands Holiday Park in dunes at 19:25. NR29 4EJ
> Norfolk 16 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 10:45 this mrng. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Male Red-backed Shrike Great Yarmouth late a/noon on Coopers fence. NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Male Red-backed Shrike Great Yarmouth on Coopers fence. NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Wryneck Blakeney Point at 15:00 by wrecked boat. NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Winterton North Dunes at 11:30 400m/N of concrete blocks + 2 Pied Flycatcher & 5 Whinchat NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT at 11:58 on Simmonds' scrape but then flew off. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT at 11:53 on Simmonds Scrape. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide late mrng. NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Juvenile Honey Buzzard Stiffkey Fen at 11:26 circled W/over saltmarsh NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT mid mrng on Pat's Pool but mobile & no sign at 11:04 + 4 Little Stint & Wood Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Long-tailed Skua past Cley NWT + 12 Bonxie, 6 Arctic Skua & Puffin NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Holme NWT in pines nr. beach. + 2 Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler & Redstart TF715449
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Winterton Dunes NNR at 08:00 N/of concrete blocks but elusive. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Wood Warbler Gramborough Hill briefly this a/noon. + 2 Pied Flycatcher & 2 Whinchat NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Osprey Salthouse in off the sea then flew/S NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk 3 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Wood Warbler Winterton North Dunes this a/noon. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 2 Pied Flycatcher Weybourne + Tree Pipit & Redstart NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Salthouse on Tower Pools. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Juvenile Black Tern E/offshore Cley NWT this mrng. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Wood Sandpiper Burnham Overy PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk 9 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT roosting in front of Daukes' Hide early afternoon NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 7 Pied Flycatcher Great Yarmouth around the cemeteries NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Cley NWT on the brackish marsh late mrng. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Pied Flycatcher Cley NWT behind Daukes' Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Warham Greens along Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 4 Black Tern Breydon Water RSPB + 4 Wood Sandpiper & 5 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Kelling Water Meadows NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Burnham Overy Staithe + Whinchat & 2 Tree Pipit at west end of pines.
> Norfolk 3 Pied Flycatcher Holkham Pines at west end.
> Norfolk 30 Pied Flycatcher Wells-next-the-Sea East Hills this mrng. + Redstart & Tree Pipit
> Norfolk 6 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB this mrng. + Wood Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436