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CORONAVIRUS: The NOA would like to reassure members and supporters that it has taken serious steps to align itself with government restrictions to help with the control of Coronavirus. We have taken the decision to close all our reserves, including Holme Bird Observatory, to visitors and volunteers until further notice. We are truly sorry to have to shut these sites, but in these challenging times we really have no alternative. It is intended that NOA will continue to have a single staff member present at the Observatory on most days, in order to care for the site, and to attend to administrative issues. We also hope to be able to monitor wildlife at the Observatory and to post sightings on our blog. Should any of you living within the Observatory’s recording area see anything of interest, then we’d love to hear from you by phone or email on 01485 525406 and at info@noa.org.uk. We thank you for your understanding and hope that all our members and visitors stay safe and well, until we can restore normal opportunities for enjoying wildlife once again. We are truly grateful for your continued support.

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 12th December 2019

On the sea today 484 Wigeon, 45 Common Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes, and a Red-necked Grebe were of particular note. At least 45 Fieldfares were at the back of Drove Orchard and 100+ Golden Plover were on the grazing marsh, while a Rock Pipit flew over calling.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham on beach by Crown pub car park at c3pm
Norfolk 26.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 12.30pm
Norfolk 18+Common Cranes north of Acle +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Bowthorpe at 10.46am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. 2.Spotted Redshanks on tidal marsh. 2.Long-tailed Ducks on sea
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still +4+Great White Egrets
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still viewed from A149
Norfolk 95.Marsh Harriers Titchwell RSPB early morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 8.22am TF.911.441
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Norwich flew west over Norwich Airport