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CORONAVIRUS: The NOA would like to reassure members and supporters that it has taken serious steps to align itself with government restrictions to help with the control of Coronavirus. We have taken the decision to close all our reserves, including Holme Bird Observatory, to visitors and volunteers until further notice. We are truly sorry to have to shut these sites, but in these challenging times we really have no alternative. It is intended that NOA will continue to have a single staff member present at the Observatory on most days, in order to care for the site, and to attend to administrative issues. We also hope to be able to monitor wildlife at the Observatory and to post sightings on our blog. Should any of you living within the Observatory’s recording area see anything of interest, then we’d love to hear from you by phone or email on 01485 525406 and at info@noa.org.uk. We thank you for your understanding and hope that all our members and visitors stay safe and well, until we can restore normal opportunities for enjoying wildlife once again. We are truly grateful for your continued support.

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

A windy day made for hard work from a birding perspective, highlights were at least a dozen Twite at Thornham Harbour, regularly coming to drink at the car park puddles and at least four Stonechat noted on the walk there.

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Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still west of paddock in zigzag covert at 2.10pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 2.05pm south of Eye Field with 650+Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 1.35pm on golf course viewable from footpath from Overstrand Hall
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 12.45pm on beach below golf course
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at car park by level crossing at 12.20pm TL.820.880
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT again south of beach car park in Eye Field at 11am with 650.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Salthouse still just east of Gramborough Hill at 10.45am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide still
Norfolk c55.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB in 1hr +2.Great Northern Divers 8.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course tho mobile