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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

Sunday 29th January 2017

The Ferruginous Duck was not relocated again today, however the sea was very rewarding with a drake Scaup, 131 Long-tailed Ducks off the NWT dunes, 2 Common Scoters, 14 Goldeneye, 24 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver east, and 20 Great Crested Grebes all recorded during the morning. A Greenshank was at Gore Point, 40 Twite flew over Gore Point and 45 Snow Buntings were on the beach.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham this mrng TF648335
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Reported Thornham late a/noon PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 39 Shorelark Holkham Bay this a/noon NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Reported Halvergate Marshes at 13:10
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Burgh Castle at 14:00 at Haddiscoe Island at N/end viewed from W/end of Burgh Castle but distant TG476049
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burgh Castle distantly this a/noon TG476049
Norfolk 11 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT at Candledyke Marsh + 60 Russian White-Fronted Goose & 4 Water Pipit NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Stiffkey over saltmarsh at 10:00 NR23 1QL TF975431
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT flew E/over Arnold's Marsh at 13:00 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton-on-Sea offshore this mrng
Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting S/of Kelling Quags again in field
Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Walsey Hills NOA in ploughed field S/of pines with Skylarks NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cley NWT again at 11:00 in reed litter along East Bank c'park NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne in field E/of windmill mid mrng with Pink-footed NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Bay W/of Lady Anne's Drive viewed from A149 at 10:00 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 101 Russian White-Fronted Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Blakeney Harbour + 5 Scaup, 7 Twite & Redhead Smew in channel TG028441
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Welney WWT + Great White Egret PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island TG457011
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cley NWT in reed litter along East Bank near c/pk + Redhead Smew on Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sheringham at 08:20 off seafront NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT in field /of Beach Road NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172