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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

Thusrday 22nd October 2015

With westerlies dominating there was some visible migration this morning with 30 Skylarks, 350 Starlings, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Tree Sparrows, 45 Meadow Pipits, 4 Rock Pipits, 18 Bramblings, 40 Chaffinches, 4 Bullfinches, 125 Greenfinches, 12 Redpolls, 30 Goldfinches, 1 Siskin and 25 Reed Buntings passing over west. On the sea 400+ Common Scoters, 50 Gannets, and a Great Crested Grebe were noted, while Snipe, Spotted Redshank, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Peregrine, and Cetti's Warbler were also of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Siberian Stonechat Caister-on-Sea at 17:50 in gorse E/of golf course. Park at lifeboat station & walk S/thru dunes for 400yds. NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Hickling at Stubb Mill this evng NR12 0BW TG437220
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Old Hunstanton 700yds E/of golf course club house TF688427
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Hickling at Stubb Mill this evng + 3 Common Crane NR12 0BW TG437220
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes late a/noon + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Titchwell RSPB over East Trail at 10:00 but no sign since + Spoonbill on freshmarsh & Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Reepham over field at 12:40
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Hickling at Stubb Mill + 2 Rough-legged Buzzard NR12 0BW TG437220
> Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Waxham by church NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Great White Egret E/over Horsey Cornwer at 14:15 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Faknenham Creek + Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey at 13:57 on telegraph pole W/of road at Horsey Corner + Rough-legged Buzzard over NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey this mrng in area NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns E/of Chalkpit Lane at 12:35 + Male Black Redstart on E/side of Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard s/over Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey Mill from dunes late mrng + Rough-legged Buzzard
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 11:10 in field N/of entrance track NR29 4EJ
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey in off sea at 08:30 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes 1 over dunes & 1 over wood mid mrng NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Stiffkey at 16:15 over campsite NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 2 Black Redstart Cley on church roof this a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT on church roof at 09:40 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea on E/side of golf course + Black Redstart NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea on E/side of golf course at 08:53 NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley Drying Barns + Ringtail Hen Harrier over PE31 8PQ TF757420