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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 Sunday 15th September 2019

A further 72 Pink-feet came in during the day, and on the sea 49 Teal, a single Eider, 104 Common Scoters, 7 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 58 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, an Arctic Skua and 7 Sandwich Terns were recorded. Two Great White Egrets were on the marshes and 3 Green Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank were on the NWT pools. A Hobby flew west past the Observatory and 3 Sand Martins, 15+ Swallows, 3 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, single Sedge and Reed Warblers and 2 Stonechats were also of note.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleias.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still mid a'noon by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB on pool midway between sluice channel +Tower Hide
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still early a'noon by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 27+Spoonbills Burnham Norton still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
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 RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 37+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again near Tower Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool