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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 Monday 14th October 2019

Highlights today included a juvenile Whooper Swan in off the sea at the Golf Course, 5 Barnacle Geese on the grazing marsh, a female Eider, 108 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 178 Gannets, 11 Great Crested Grebes, a Puffin east and 3 Razorbills on the sea. A juvenile Peregrine flew close past the Observatory, 4 Swallows were noted, a Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, a Reed Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 6+ Redwings, 20 Song Thrushes, 4 Ring Ouzels, 19 Mistle Thrushes, 6 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, 6 Rock Pipits, 6+ Bramblings, a Redpoll, 12 Siskins, 2 Lapland Buntings and a Richard's Pipit were all recorded during the day.

A Merveille du Jour was on the side of the ringing shed!

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Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls flew south past Waxham
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA this a'noon
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp early morning
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods still this morning
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 Grey Phal NW of Titchwell RSPB still at Thornham Point on puddle east of old watchtower at 10.49am
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still east of sea wall at 10.40am +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Waxham/ Sea Palling
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA +Y-br.Wblr still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham Cemetery still at west end
Norfolk Jack Snipe Gramborough Hill flushed at c10.20am then flew east
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Northrepps in village. Y'day dead Ring Ouzel Hungry Hill on road
Norfolk 100.Little Gulls Cley off coastguards at 9.30am