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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

Friday 4th November 2016

A quieter day with light rain and a westerly breeze. The highlight was up to 120 Waxwings in the area between Redwell hide and Beach Road. At the Obs a Lesser Whitethroat was still along the east bank, and on the sea a Long-tailed Duck and a Slavonian Grebe were of note, with 2 Stonechats still around the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes 11:15 at Gun Hill + AD Black Brant on grazing marsh & Great White Egret PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Little Auk off Sheringham on sea at 10:10 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy from c/pk in field E/of Embankment PE31 8JJ TF853449 Norfolk Little Auk Weybourne on sea late a/noon NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling Limpenhoe till late a/noon at S/end of Well Cherry Road in garden of Cherry Tree Cottage then flew towards Cantley
Norfolk Little Auk past Holme NOA + Long-tailed Duck & Arctic Tern TF717450
Norfolk 65 Shorelark Holkham Freshmarsh + Great White Egret on freshmarsh fro Washington Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Little Auk W/past Titchwell RSPB late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Swanton Novers at 09:40 near church but no sign since TG010302 Norfolk 27 Waxwing Holt at 15:30 on Pearsons Road opposite entrance to Gresham's Prep School NR25 6SP TG082375
Norfolk 96 Waxwing Heacham South Beach PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck N/of Horsey Gap at midday NR29 4EJ TG463241
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay at 15:30 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 3 Waxwing North Creake along Wells Road near B1355 junction
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Sheringham on Child's Way at 13:35 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Female/Immature Black Redstart Tivetshall St.Mary 13:30 at Owls Barn
Norfolk 6 Waxwing Burnham Overy Staithe in bushes E/of S/end of sea wall early a/noon TF848457 Norfolk 120 Waxwing Holme Dunes NNR at 12:15 along entrance track
Norfolk 8 Waxwing W/over Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Black-necked Grebe Snettisham RSPB on southern pit TF650328
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich at 11:30 in Rowan at junction of Stafford Street & Connaught Road NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 80 Waxwing Heacham South Beach at 11:10 behind chalets PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk 40 Waxwing S/over Snettisham Village 11:15 TF650328
Norfolk 20 Waxwing Cley next the Sea at 11:20 on Church Lane then flew NNW NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 40 Waxwing Snettisham Coastal Park at 11:00 then flew S/ TF648335
Norfolk 40 Waxwing Hunstanton over Princess Drive towards Heacham PE36 5AH TF672409 Norfolk 3 Scaup N/past Snettisham Coastal Park at 09:15 TF648335
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Wells Woods early mrng + Common Crossbill by c/pk NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk 15 Waxwing Burnham Overy Staithe in hedge by A149 TF848457
Norfolk 4 Waxwing Langham 07:15 in garden at St.Mary's
Norfolk 75 Waxwing S/over Hunstanton at 08:25 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Warham Greens NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Weybourne off beach c/pk then flew W/ NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 4 White-fronted Goose Titchwell RSPB in maize field by access road + 5 Pink-footed Goose with Greylag Geese at 07:15 PE31 8BB TF759436