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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

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 23rd April 2019

A quieter day with a cool breeze, sightings included 6 Whimbrel, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, a single Sandwich Tern, 10 Med Gulls on the grazing marsh, 2 Cuckoos, a Barn Owl, 5 Swallows, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 15+ Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers (1 on NWT and one on Thornham sea wall), 4 Sedge Warblers, 3 Ring Ouzels, 2 Redstarts and a Whinchat on the NWT reserve, and at least 10 Wheatears.

Presumed 'Northern' Willow Warbler P.t.acredula with a nominate bird in the background - Holme Bird Obs, April 2019

In the moth traps 2 Small Elephant Hawks and a Frosted Green were the highlights.


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Norfolk Little Gull ad Stiffkey Fen still 3.52pm
Norfolk Woodchat Shrike Winterton north of Beach Road +north of concrete blocks in field south of planatation at 3.54pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning +2.Common Cranes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Wood Sand Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cut reeds from Tower Hide at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey east of Wells from 1st track +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Garganey drk Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 11.30am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Scaup fem Filby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marshes at midday
Norfolk Whinchat male Muckleburgh Hill near gun emplacements at 11.55am
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes this morning +Hen Harrier
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Horsey in field south of Nelson Head track at 8.40am
Norfolk Little Gull ad Stiffkey Fen still 11.25am
Norfolk Hoopoe Blakeney Point at 10.55am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT on rush Hill Scrape mid morning +Common Crane
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Welney WWT from Lyle Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 9.45am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from boardwalk
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Heacham on golf course viewed from footpath on bank towards Hunstanton at 8.43am. Black Redstart at chalets +fem.Redstart Whinchat
Norfolk 1+Spoonbill y'day Stiffkey on saltmarsh
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Burnham Overy
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day east of Morston in horse paddock
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Regis still on sports field north of A149
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Muckleburgh Hill at 8.04am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Titchwell RSPB on grazing meadow
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track viewed from 2nd bench (+drk.Garganey). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Hooded Crow Burnham Overy Dunes flew east past Gun Hill at 5.45am