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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 Friday 13th September 2019

 A balmy day of sunshine with a decreasing wind swinging into the north, seawatching was good early on with 17 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmars, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 68 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pom Skua, 7 Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie, 1 Little Tern, 17 Sandwich Terns, 13 Common Terns and a Med Gull all recorded. Around the reserves a notable arrival of Pink-feet took place throughout the day with over 762 birds passing through between 6am and 4pm, also of note were 2 Red Kites, 8 Buzzards, a Great White Egret, 20 Golden Plover, one Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, single Snipe, a Kingfisher, juvenile Peregrine hunting wildfowl over the marsh and Broadwater, a Lesser Whitethroat was trapped and ringed as was a single Tree Sparrow, with 2 Stonechats on the east bank.

Tree Sparrow Photo by Carol Mann

This was the first Tree Sparrow ringed at HBO since April 2013

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was still on the buddleias and Ruddy and Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were on the wing near the Observatory. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Painted Lady and Speckled Wood.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still 3pm by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Osprey Thetford flew north over The Nunnery early a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea this morning
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk 2+Curlew Sands y'day Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide in a'noon
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still midday by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station
Norfolk Great White Egret Thornham on saltmarsh
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew west past Sheringham
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still mid morning by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from reception hide
Norfolk Garganey Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew west past Kelling at c8.25am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of lifeboat station