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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 Saturday 21st September 2019

A breezy, sunny day, highlights were 25 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers 35+ Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 12 Sandwich Terns on the sea. A flock of 400+ Golden Plover was in Thornham Harbour, 11 Jays flew east early morning and a Red Kite, Barn Owl, Hobby, 2 Sand Martins, 35+ Swallows, a single Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, 6+ Stonechats, a Wheatear, at least one Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtails, and 2 Siskins were recorded.

In the moth traps a Rusty Dot Pearl and a Large Wainscot wee species of interest.

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Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT from Lyle Hide at 1.33pm
Norfolk 20.Spoonbills Burnham Norton on pool from coast path at 10am
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still west of path from A149 with cattle this a'noon +2.Great White Egrets still on east side
Norfolk 37.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Great White Egret again
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool. 16.Spoonbills on freshmarsh +4.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret Letheringsett flew SE over River Glaven at 9.30am
Norfolk Redwing Great Yarmouth at Bradwell at Harper's Lane
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Kelling at Maiden Lane in copse at 8.05am then flew east
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 8.30am then flew west
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Colkirk by B1146 Dereham Road with Egyptian Geese
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Wymondham flew north over abbey at 7.35am