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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 19th August 2019

Seawatching again today produced 2 Eiders, 100 Common Terns, 37 Sandwich Terns, 24 Little Terns, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone and 823 Knot. Between the Observatory and Thornham Harbour 86 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 27 House Martins, 2 Swifts, 3 Snipe, one Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Barnacle Geese, 2 Barn Owls, 2 juvenile Med Gulls, a juvenile Whinchat, 4 Stonechats and 21 Golden Plover were of note, while around the NWT reserve 94 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Ruff were noted.

A good range of insects included Ruddy Darter, Migrant Hawker, Small Copper, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, and in the moth traps White Point, White-line Dart, Rosy Minor, Drinker, Angle Shades, Yellow-tail, Nutmeg and Archer's Dart were among the records.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 12.58pm +ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Guillemot Cley on sea by beach car park at 12.59pm
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +18.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on Lady Fen
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB at high tide +Little Stint Curlew Sand 11.Spotted Redshanks Turtle Dove juv.Whinchat