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COVID-19 Restrictions on NOA Reserves Further to the announcement of a second lockdown in order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the NOA must once again close all hides on its nature reserves from 5th November. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit. We are very grateful for your understanding and support.

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 18th October 2019

On the grazing marsh 5 Barnacle Geese were again with 58 Canadas while on the sea 2 Eiders, 7 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 15 unidentified Auks were counted. A Snow Bunting flew over the Observatory calling, a flock of 15 Siskins and a Tree Sparrow were also of note.

A Rusty-dot Pearl, Sallow, Large Wainscot and Large Yellow Underwing were in the moth traps.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide at 2.45pm
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Reception Hide this morning
Norfolk Shorelark Cley 200yds west of beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA early a'noon +Y-br.Wblr still. Jack Snipe Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sheringham in garden still
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Gorleston-on-Sea along Blackwall Reach at 1.10pm
Norfolk Dartford Warbler West Runton still in beet field by Beach Road
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Hunstanton flew south over cliffs at 8.55am (report at 9.35am was erroneous)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines near Washington Hide still
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Brancaster Staithe still on roof near information board late morning
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB again on mud on ebbing tide
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley on beach east of beach car park by bunker mid morning
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Hunstanton over cliffs at c9.35am +Lapland Bunting (+Snow Bunting Hawfinch)
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Sheringham on east side of cemetery still in hedge