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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 4th October 2019

At sea today 159 Brent Geese, 689 Wigeon, 60 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Great Skua and 3 Sandwich Terns were seen. Also of note were over 20 Snipe, 43 Lapwings, 2 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, 65 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, a Brambling in the village early morning and 2 Bullfinches in the pines.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia and a Red-Green Carpet was the highlight in the moth traps.

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Norfolk Spotted Redshank ad Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh at 4.18pm
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach by sand dunes at 4.17pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Bure Park near 14th green at 3.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Bure Park at 3.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery at 3.50pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by Fen Hide still 3.20pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth still late a'noon at Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Caister-on-Sea at cemetery at 3.15pm with tit flock +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA mid a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr reported Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT still by visitor centre from Cley Spy at 2.09pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham at Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common by south path this a'noon with tit flock [heard only]
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney WWT at main observatory +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT by visitor centre from Cley Spy at 12.52pm
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB at 10.30am: 2.near visitor centre, 1.at Tank Road
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at 11am: 2.behind Joe Jordan Hode, 1.at west end. 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay. 4.Great White Egrets on freshmarsh
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets near Burnham Overy Staithe still in cattle field
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Y-br.Wblr Norwich at Sherbourne Place at 11.05am then flew SW over Rouen Road
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still at Stiffkey Fen by A149 at midday with tit flock
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 11.10am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes (+4.Cattle Egrets still on marsh +2.Great White Egrets still)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods on east side of The Dell at 10.56am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens by coast path in hedge between log +whirligig
Norfolk Black-throated Diver juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 8am +2.Great Northern Divers flew west +Snow Bunting flew over. ad.drk.Velvet Scoter flew west at 10.20am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets on Wednesday Holkham
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section