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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 30th October 2017

With winds easing today a good visible migration was recorded particularly offshore. Highlights were 15,720+ Starlings passing west either side of the pines, 4 Whooper Swans west, 446 Brent Geese, 128 Shelduck, 1 Scaup, 73 Eiders, 300 Common Scoters, 7 Goldeneye, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Goosanders, 2 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, single Pom and Arctic Skuas, and 6 Kittiwakes. On land, a Red Kite flew through east, 4 Water Rails were around the edge of Broadwater, waders included 60 Golden Plover, 88 Lapwings, 200 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Knot, 40 Ruff, 3 Woodcocks in off the sea, and 2 Snipe over the grazing marsh. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 4 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Rock Pipits, 3 Bramblings, 5 Redpolls and a single Snow Buntings over the beach.

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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv again 2.35pm flew west past Salthouse
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew west past Cley at 2.30pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cantley flew west over Burnthouse Road at 10.45am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew west past Cley at 1.50pm
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham 400yds south of Shangri-la in hawthorns along coast path at 2.15pm
Norfolk 3.Water Pipits Cantley Marshes RSPB on west side at 10am
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew west over Cantley Marshes RSPB at 8.50am
Norfolk Little Auk flew south past Waxham at 10.45am (+2.Velvet Scoters flew north)
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches flew SW over Cantley Marshes RSPB at 8.40am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Cantley on River Yare
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 12.30pm (+2.probable Short-eared Owls 4.Pale-bellied Brent Geese 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still 1.10pm just west of Iron Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cromer at 1.05pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp this morning (+Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still just west of Iron Road at 12.15pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Winterton (+Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull imm Salthouse flew west past north end of Beach Road at 11.20am
Norfolk Shorelark Cley NWT on beach by beach car park at 11.14am then flew towards Blakeney Freshes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew south past Scratby at 10.45am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Surf Scoter fem/juv.drk flew west past Cley NWT at 10.35am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham
Norfolk Little Auk flew north past Great Yarmouth in 2hrs (+Sooty S'water)
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Mundesley at c9.35am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cromer at 9.30am
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad flew west past Cley at 9.17am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Overstrand at 7.10am
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER juv on Saturday Walcott offshore (for 2nd day) +Sabine's Gull
Norfolk Surf Scoter fem/juv.drk flew west past Overstrand at c8.30am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk Bittern SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park in flight near small island at 6am