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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 8th February 2020

A drake Pintail was in front of the Car Park Hide, and on the sea 6 Red-breasted Mergansers were counted. A Peregrine was noted, and 2 Stonechats were on the east bank in the afternoon sunshine.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still +Great White Egret. 45.Snow Buntings Holkham NNR
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still +Great White Egret. 45.Snow Buntings Holkham NNR
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshes still 2.42pm
Norfolk 30+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum this morning
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach this a'noon
Norfolk Hooded Crow Salthouse Heath flew west along ridge at 2.40pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Acle +13.Common Cranes
Norfolk Goshawk juv Dersingham Bog at 12.30pm +2.Ravens Woodlark
Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still this a'noon by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 12.15pm in gardens on Cross Street
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still 10.35am on beach
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+29.Snow Buntings still +3.Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk 19+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 11.05am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +drk.Scaup from Friends Hide
Norfolk 22.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham SW of village tho mobile (+2.Common Cranes)
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Horsey on rocks by post.41 at 11.25am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
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 10am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still at far end
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham +9.Twite
Norfolk 150+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham NNR from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.15am +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3+Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Marshes still over east end at 10am
Norfolk 15+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk Raven Waxham at Poplar Farm in chicken field
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still 9.20am on Billy's Wash
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on breakwater near Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still on Cross Street
Norfolk 14.Snow Buntings Cley flew west over Coastguards
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 8.45am
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 PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Haddiscoe Marsh