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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 24th January 2020

Two Bearded Tits spent much of the day near the Broadwater Hide, 2 Water Rails were calling from the reeds, offshore were small numbers of Eider, Fulmar and a male Blackcap was still present in the bushes.

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Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 2.55pm in churchyard off Cross Street +showing well
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Burnham Overy still mid a'noon in field at Whincover with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 2.38pm behind visitor centre
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 1.25pm
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse by A149 at building plot by lane to church at 1.48pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in ploughed field opposite dung heaps at 11.30am tho mobile PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.17pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk 102+Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide in a'noon
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Holkham Bay still 4pm
Norfolk 2+Great White Egrets y'day Burnham Norton Marsh +2.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Heacham South Beach at end of Beach Road
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Burnham Overy still in field Whincover
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Burnham Norton still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still TF.728.443
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still behind visitor centre
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks at 8am