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The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday 16th September 2016

With fog still in situ first thing this morning and rain moving in from the west, some migrants were clearly brought down by approaching weather. On the sea 400 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Gannets and 60 Wigeon were counted. A first group of 5 Pink-feet came in off the sea, and 15 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 18 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Hobby, over 300 Swallows passed west, a Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 4 Reed Warblers, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrushes, at least 2 Pied Flycatchers around the pines, a Redstart, 2 Stonechats and 12 Siskins were recorded before the worst of the rain arrived at 11am.