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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 22nd November 2016

A windy and wet day allowed for only limited coverage; a Short-eared Owl was seen along the entrance track in the morning with Barn and Tawny Owls also noted in the afternoon. Six Song Thrushes were in the buckthorn late afternoon, a Siskin was heard in the car park and a Red-breasted Merganser was noted passing west offshore.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 3 Little Auk flew past Hemsby + 9 Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver & 2 Scaup NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes in horse field at bottom of Harper's Lane
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Docking at 15:00 with pink footed TF785409
Norfolk Probable 15 Taiga Bean Goose Reported Buckenham Marshes RSPB tho distant at 14:06 + 30 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh Norfolk Great White Egret flew/S over Colney GPs at 11:30 towards Bowthorpe Marsh
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Syderstone in sugar beet field with pink-footed TF838336 Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach + Water Pipit PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 8 Waxwing Bowthorpe at Chapel Break Rd at 14:40
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 70 Waxwing Bowthorpe Marsh flew off from Tole Junction
Norfolk 6 Snow Bunting Cley NWT at 13:01 between Eye Field & beach NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 20 Waxwing Bowthorpe a Chapel Break this a/noon
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Broad early a'noon from viewing platform tho distant NR29 3LS TG463152
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB + 30 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Velvet Scoter & Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter Winterton-on-Sea + Snow Bunting Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Little Broad at 09:57 TG462139
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Watling Water from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441