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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 3rd February 2020

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 42 Common Scoters, a single Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars and 4 Great Crested Grebes were seen. A Peregrine was hunting and 2 Stonechats were near the first NWT hide, with 10 Twite still in Thornham Harbour and 3 Water Pipits in field north-west of the village hides.

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Norfolk Shorelark Waxham still at Waxham Sands Holiday Park viewed from coast path at 2.35pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still +30.Snow Buntings
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with horses north of A149 at 1.40pm
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay +2.Velvet Scoters still
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still 12.35pm
Norfolk 36.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield at 10.08am
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 12.10pm tho mobile (+40.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
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 at 11.29am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 11.02am by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
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 on dung heaps at 10.30am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Velvet Scoter juv Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 10.38am
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshses still near Branch Road
Norfolk Black Redstart still Potter Heigham at Herbert Woods boatyard at 9.11am
Norfolk 19+Tundra Bean Geese Waxham at Poplar Farm in sugar beet field with 2,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 27.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum +2.Ravens
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings y'day Snettisham RSPB mid a'noon +2.Russian White-fronted Geese