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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 Tuesday 24th September 2019

A fairly grim day with heavy rain at times and strong winds; the Yellow-browed Warbler remained in Sycamores in the NWT car park whilst in the pines were singles of Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher to be seen. Some 50 Gannets were noted in a brief seawatch and wildfowl included 320 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 90+ Wigeon, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 200 Common Scoter. Other interest included 2 Spoonbills and a Great White Egret.

A Feathered Ranunculus was the pick of the moth traps whilst Humming-bird Hawk-moth and Wall Brown were noted on the wing during a brief spell of sunshine.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Brancaster flew SW over golf course at 5.30pm
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (ad +juv) Cley NWT from Daukes' HIde this evng
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide at 5.15pm
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 5.30pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from reception hide at 4.40pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting NE of Salthouse still east of Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide Great White Egret still from Friends Hide. Reserver open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55;concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still 9.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr still Titchwell RSPB between Fen Trail +Tank Road tho mobile