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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 Saturday 11th January 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB at 10.46am
Norfolk 28.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still on west side at 2.16pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 1.45pm (+60+Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose flew west over Cley NWT
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at 12.10pm
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still this a'noon Ranworth on Malthouse Broad viewed from Ranworth Staithe
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 4+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in maize field at 11.30am TG.420.124
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley still midday south of drying barns with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.413
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.10am 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 8.53am +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans (all ads) Burnham Overy on flood viewed from A149 layby at 10.50am
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 by huts at 11am TF.911.441
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad north of Sedgeford in field opposite Station House at 10.08am then flew off with c2,500.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley south of drying barns with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.413
Norfolk 34.Snow Buntings Cley at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 91.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 9.15am. 2.Velvet Scoters offshore with Common Scoters +2.Long-tailed Ducks TF.896.458
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk Snow Bunting Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 9.22am TF.896.458
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Holkham NNR from road +40+Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Salthouse on sea off Gramborough Hill
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform tho elusive
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 9.13am 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road from track 10yds from road PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 8.53am +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad SW of Fring again in fields by minor road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on scrapes at dawn with c2,000.Pink-footed Geese