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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

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Favourable winds, becoming increasingly stronger from the East, produced the hoped birds with a further two new Yellow-browed Warblers trapped plus the last one ringed yesterday re-trapped. The Great Grey Shrike was still near the paddocks, though seemingly only briefly early morning and a Richards Pipit was reported again early morning on the eastern edge of the grazing marsh. The highlight today though was the arrival of thrushes, mainly Song Thrush with birds seen arriving all day off  the sea. At least one Ring Ouzel was also seen and at least fifteen Mistle Thrushes were counted. Other noteworthy birds included a Velvet Scoter, two Manx Shearwater, two Bonxies, Greenshank, Snow Bunting, Pied Flycatcher and Garden Warbler.

At least two Yellow-browed Warblers were present at Walsey Hills with Firecrest also heard in the willows. Song Thrushes and Redwings were very much in evidence and an exhausted Ring Ouzel dropped in to the willows early evening to roost.

Newly arrived Song Thrush, note the grey head! - Holme Bird Obs - October 2016

Redwing - Holme Bird Obs, October 2016