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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 Monday 22nd July 2019

On the sea today 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmars, 14 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 3 Little Terns, 5 Common Terns and 70+ Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Spoonbill flew west along the Broadwater mid afternoon and a Green Sandpiper was on the NWT reserve. A Knot, 7 Dunlin, 35 Sanderling, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were also reported.

An Obscure Wainscot was a good moth for the Observatory, among an otherwise small catch of common species.

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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again 1.57pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk 2.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Felbrigg Hall NT still at lake this a'noon
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 1.11pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field c300yds west of pumping station
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB this morning at high tide +2.Little Stints ad.Black Tern 11.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk still no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by midday (nor Curlew Sand but 9.Spoonbills still)
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station by c12.30pm TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2s +juv) Cromer still on beach this morning
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by c10.15am
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station at 9.59am TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Marsh at 8.01am
Norfolk Quail y'day Sheringham in morning
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) y'day Titchwell RSPB in evng