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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 Obseratory Monday 7th October 2019

A good morning of visual migration, with a Merlin, 2 Jays, 4 Bearded Tits, 30 Skylarks, 40+ Long-tailed Tits, 10 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers, 2+ Ring Ouzels, 20 Blackbirds, 5 Fieldfares, 86 Song Thrushes, 87 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 25 Robins, 3 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 4+ Rock Pipits, 8 Bramblings, 10 Chaffinches, 25 Greenfinches, a Bullfinch, 20 Goldfinches, 12 Siskins and 30+ Reed Buntings moving during the first half of the day. Seawatching produced 145 Brents, 48 Wigeon, 5 Eiders, 140+ Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 5 Golden Plover, while around the marshes 90 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Ruff and a Snipe were seen. Also of interest were a Great White Egret, Barn Owl, 3 Water Rails, and at least one Yellow-browed Warbler with one seen in the NWT car park and one also reported in the pines.

Ringing produced 121 birds including Ring Ouzel, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit and Stonechat.

Ring Ouzel images by Steve Newman

















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Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew low over Roydon Common NNR towards Grimston Warren at 3.20pm
Norfolk 7.Velvet Scoters flew past Waxham in 20mins this morning +5.Little Gulls
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in churchyard near gate from Sainsbury's
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Salthouse flew in off sea at Gramborough Hill then flew west along shingle ridge
Norfolk 15.Velvet Scoters flew south past Happisburgh
Norfolk 10+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at west end
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale mid morning
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines near crosstracks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Warham Greens flew over whirligig at 12.15pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end with tit flock
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hockering along footpath c50yds NW of Lily Avenue
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme NOA at 10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section near compost pile +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk 3+Ring Ouzels Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 10.45am Warham Greens west of north end of Garden Drove c100yds west of pit cTF.938.437
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still with tit flock
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common by pill box with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods still. 4+Y-br.Wblrs in The Dell
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT in NE corner of paddocks
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Warham Greens west of north end of Garden Drove c100yds west of pit at 9.49am cTF.938.437
Norfolk Little Stint ad just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Spotted Redshank Gt.W.Egret. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB +2+Y-br.Wblrs
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Stiffkey at Campsite Wood
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still by Meals House
Norfolk 7+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe still SE of sea wall
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard reported Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at Garden Drove still near concrete pad
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy Dunes just east of boardwalk then flew east