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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Monday 28th August 2017

A beautiful sunny bank holiday ! Highlights for birds were a Great White Egret, a Spoonbill, 4+ Buzzards, 3 Whimbrel, 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Snipe on the NWT pools, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank over the car park, a Hobby hunting over the Observatory, 100 Swallows, 45 House Martins, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, a Stonechat, and 3+ Yellow Wagtails over calling.

In the moth traps a Lesser Swallow Prominent, a Burnished Brass, Frosted Orange and a Rusty Dot Pearl were of interest. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath and Common Blue.

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Norfolk Pec Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 3pm on pool by hide (+Osprey again)
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB at 3.15pm
Norfolk Pec Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 1.58pm from track by hide then flew to near bank
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Salthouse from Dun Cow pub
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 1pm (+Wood Sand juv.Continental Black-tailed Godwit 2.Spoonbills Garganey). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Little Stint ad Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool by fishermen's car park
Norfolk Pec Sand Cantley beet factory still 12.10pm. Sign in at gate NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Pec Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by fishermen's car park at 11.55am
Norfolk 2.Honey Buzzards Fakenham flew SE south of garden centre at 9.50am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Cley NWT still 11.45am on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide +showing well (+Spoonbill)
Norfolk Pec Sand Cantley beet factory still (+Wood Sand). Sign in at gate NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Caspian Gull Salthouse east of Beach Road viewed from Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 9.59am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Cley NWT still 9.57am on Pat's Pool then flew out of view to Richardson's Pool
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Cley NWT still 9.40am on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide +showing well
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still viewed from Beach Road
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west past Sheringham at 8am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks