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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

Monday 23rd October 2017

Highlights included 50 Brent Geese, 600 Pink-feet, 5 Buzzards, 2 Water Rails, 60+ Lapwing, 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, 7+ Bearded Tits, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 60 Blackbirds, 15 Song Thrushes, 36 Redwings, 3 Stonechats, 12 Rock Pipits, 1 Water Pipit (trapped and ringed), 5 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 3 Redpolls, 6 Siskins and 15 Reed Buntings. On the sea 150 Common Scoters, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar, 35 Gannets and 13 Great Crested Grebes were noted.

Comma, Red Admiral and Small Copper butterflies were seen during the day, and several Common Darters were still on the wing. A Black Rustic and a Beaded Chestnut were in the moth trap.

Water Pipit ringed at Holme Bird Obs today.

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Norfolk Minke Whale north past Hemsby mid a'noon tho distant
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach at 3pm with Linnets (+Purple Sand)
Norfolk Hen Harrier Morston Quay mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Meadow Trail still this a'noon
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Cart Gap at 1.55pm
Norfolk Scaup juv Holkham Park still on lake this a'noon
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hopton-on-Sea this morning +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool at 11.35am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT in beach car park briefly
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Winterton by 11.20am (+drk.Long-tailed Duck Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Fakenham late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park in conservation area at 9.50am then flushed
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at East Trail still. 4.Little Stints still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Great Yarmouth Bird Club meet tonight at Comfort Hotel, opposite Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth from 7.30pm featuring 'Around The Horn' with Bob Cobbold. All welcome
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field at 11.05am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end of copse by metal gate at 9am TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk 19.Hawfinches flew over Hunstanton Cliffs by 9am