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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.

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Seawatching highlights today were 129 Common Scoters, 5 Red-throated Divers, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 18 Manx Shearwaters, a Leach's Petrel west at 11.47, 335 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 27 Arctic Skuas, a Long-tailed Skua, 31 Great Skuas, 64 Sandwich Terns, 4 Arctic Terns and 13 Kittiwakes. A Merlin, a Sand Martin and 55+ Swallows were also of note, with 230 Golden Plover on the grazing marsh and 3 Greenshank around Thornham Harbour.


 Leach's Petrel and Sooty Shearwater passing offshore - Cley Beach, September 2018 © David Bratt


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Pom Skua ad Happisburgh on sea at 3.55pm
Norfolk Wryneck still mid a'noon Wells at north end of Beach Road at Pinewoods Caravan Park viewable from road
Norfolk 4.Sooty S'waters flew north past Happisburgh mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands still mid a'noon 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew north past Happisburgh mid a'noon
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on Lady Fen from visitor centre mid a'noon
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew south past Winterton mid a'noon
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv flew west past Holme Dunes NWT early a'noon
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Cley at 2.56pm
Norfolk 2.Balearic S'waters flew past Happisburgh early a'noon
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham at 1.20pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew east past Sheringham at 12.30pm
Norfolk Wryneck still 12.45pm Wells at north end of Beach Road at Pinewoods Caravan Park in pine viewable from road
Norfolk Scaup drk flew past Happisburgh early a'noon
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv.fem still Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 12.20pm. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Wryneck still 11.05am Wells at north end of Beach Road at Pinewoods Caravan Park in tree behind caravans viewed from road by wooden gate
Norfolk 9.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still. 9.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen still
Norfolk 9.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still. 9.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen still
Norfolk WILSON'S PETREL flew west past Cley NWT at 10.30am
Norfolk Pom Skua imm flew west past Salthouse at 10.20am
Norfolk Wryneck still 10.25am Wells at north end of Beach Road at Pinewoods Caravan Park in pine near car park
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands still 10.05am 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide tho elusive TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Pom Skua imm flew past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Winterton
Norfolk Great White Egret Little Plumstead flew NE over Copeman Road mid morning
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide at 8.35am TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Wryneck still Wells at north end of Beach Road at Pinewoods Caravan Park in car park
Norfolk Garganey y'day Welney WWT still