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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

Wednesday 1st March 2017

On the sea there were max counts of 36 Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Eider, 7 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. The Stonechats, at least 7 remained around the East Bank, with at least one more on the NWT reserve. A Red Kite was over the grazing Marsh mid morning, with two more over Thornham Harbour mid afternoon. At least ten Twite remained around the sea wall at Thornham, the rumps on several males now bright pink.
One of todays Stonechats- Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Red Kite over Thornham Harbour- Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Twite Thornham Harbour - Holme Bird Obs, March 2017
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier Egmere flew/SW from pink cottages at 15:20 TH905375
Norfolk 34 Shorelark Holkham Gap Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh this mrng + 4 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk White Stork flew over Acle New Rd Acle at 14:14 (escaped) NR13 3AS TG413116
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Walsey Hills NOA just w/of pines NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk 5 Common Crane Ludham flew/W over Ludham at 10:00
Norfolk Great White Egret Berney Marshes RSPB behind mill + Short-eared Owl NR30 1SB TG460053
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Harbour at 10:00 then flew/E TG028441
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR on Holkham Lake mid mrng TF884451
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT Eof Beach Rd on Cricket Marsh late mrng NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cromer just E/of beach by golf course at 08:30 then flew/W NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holme-next-the Sea offshore + 7 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver & 10 Twite at sea wall in Thornham TF717450 Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Point + Jack Snipe NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT at 12:52 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR on the beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea + Great Northern Diver flew/W PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holme NOA + 2 Velvet Scoter, 5 Long-tailed Duck & 13 Eider on sea TF717450 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea + 17 Snow Bunting flew W/over beach PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB + 22 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436