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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

Saturday 31st October 2015

Highlights today were another Water Pipit trapped and ringed, a Ring Ouzel skulking near the Broadwater all day, and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier through east. Also of note were Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, a Barn Owl hunting, 3 Blackcaps, a Fieldfare ringed, 2 Redpolls, 10 Siskins and a Lapland Bunting over the east bank.



Top to bottom; Continental Blackbird, Fieldfare and Water Pipit - Holme Bird Obs, 31st October 2015 © Dave Nurney

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB flew/W along main channel at 16:20 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB on lumps at E/end + Ringtail Hen Harrier NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy at 10:15 PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham in bare field to E/of Green Lane at 16:09 PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Gap NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh Lady Ann's Drive at 15:05 TF884451
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB at 15:15 over brackish marsh towards Thornham PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham over Thornham Marsh this a/noon. PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holme NOA at E/end of Broadwater + Ring Ouzel near Obs & Water Pipit trapped & ringed TF717450
> Norfolk Little Auk E/past Sheringham mid mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton Dunes NNR at 07:20 on seaward side of Openreach building then flew to village NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide this mrng TF884451
> Norfolk Firecrest Kelling this mrng + Short-eared Owl flew through & 2 Bonxie NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk White-fronted Goose Breydon Water at 15:35 + JUV American Golden Plover at 13:45 on North Bank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Male Hen Harrier Warham Greens in the roost this evng + Ringtail Hen Harrier & 3 Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water RSPB from N/wall this a/noon. NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Cley NWT E/of East Bank from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes NNR near fence c.1.6km from car park NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Fersfield at 14:00 hunting at airfield
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Holkham Pines at 14:35 viewable from Lady Ann's Drive NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea in off sea at dunes this mrng NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk 14 Twite Titchwell RSPB on drained freshmarsh pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Gramborough Hill in off the sea at 11:00 NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Male Black Redstart Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Black Redstart Holkham on roof of lodge at entrance to St. Withburga Church NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk 4 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water RSPB at E/end + Bewick's Swan flew/SW at 09:35 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl West Runton