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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 Sunday 2nd February 2020

A Peregrine swept over the east bank early afternoon, and 10 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk c60.Russian White-fronted Geese Ludham viewed NE from St.Benet's Abbey on marsh at 3pm
Norfolk 1+Short-eared Owl Halvergate still 2.49pm near Branch Road
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 100+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide +8+Great White Egrets
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn. Hooded Crow Horsey Gap +Raven
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn. Hooded Crow Horsey Gap +Raven
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese near Bayfield Lake with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w 1.5mls south of Thetford again at Nunnery Lakes NR on D.Lake from Tower Hide at c1.15pm
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT east of East Bank at c1pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay still +10+Velvet Scoters still
Norfolk 6.Bewick's Swans Horsey Corner in fields
Norfolk 19+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still along beach this morning
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Halvergate near Branch Road at c11.50am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham on grazing marsh behind Herbert Woods boatyard late morning
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 Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 11.40am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl between Acle Bridge +Billockby from barn +12.Common Cranes still TG.420.124
Norfolk 23.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still late morning in paddock. From car park walk south for c1/3ml cTL.820.937
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate near Branch Road at c11.25am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 11am. From The Avenue use public car park at end of private road to sailing club TG.308.167
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck y'day East Wretham Heath still
Norfolk White-fronted Goose c1ml SSW of Cockley Cley at Pound Hill
Norfolk Black Redstart still Potter Heigham at Herbert Woods boatyard at 10.30am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk 23.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 9am
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still off Cross Street by church at 10.20am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water flew north over east end at 10.05am
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 mid morning PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still. From The Avenue use public car park at end of private road to sailing club