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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 15th October 2018

Another northerly blast produced little on the sea but 27 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, a Purple Sandpiper, and 3 Arctic Skuas were observed. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was of note and a Common Tern flew along the Broadwater, a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were of interest and 6 Shorelark and 4 Snow Buntings were recorded on the beach off the Golf Course. Also seen were 16 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, a Ring Ouzel, 4 Song Thrushes, 25 Redwings, a female Redstart, 3 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings and 3 Redpoll sp.

First-winter female Common Redstart in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, October 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines beyond Joe Jordan Hide by main path at crosstracks at 3.40pm
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme Dunes NWT still opposite entrance by car park at golf course (+4.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Wood near The Dell
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach 200yds east of coastguards at 1.33pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Warham Greens flew west over whirligig at 1.44pm
Norfolk Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh at 1.46pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham 100yds south of Sahngr-la chalet this morning +Short-eared Owl flew over
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Snettisham by path by last lagoon opposite chalets
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still 12.10pm on freshmarsh from Island |Hide
Norfolk Pallas's Wblr y'day Hemsby (+Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cromer
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh in garden of big house opposite Post Office at 10am
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Trimingham
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery: 2.in south section; 1.in churchyard
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme NWT still 10.20am on beach opposite golf course (+3.Snow Buntings +Purple Sand between Gore Point +golf course)
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley flew east at 10.04am with Manx S'waters
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme NWT on beach opposite golf course at 9.30am
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley flew east along beach past coastguards at 9.53am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pine near crosstracks at 9.14am +Osprey
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv Cley flew west past coastguards close inshore at 9.30am +Pom Skua earlier