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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 Thursday 13th February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk 200.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still +3+Great White Egrets 5.Spoonbills
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still this a'noon
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Letheringsett by ford with 2.Lesser Redpolls
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still mid a'noon north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge (+Short-eared Owl). Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Waxham still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk Hooded Crow Kelling in field near school at c12.50pm then flew south
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.45pm 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 6+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still in bush
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Halvergate Marshes still near Branch Road 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 25+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 1+Velvet Scoter Holkham Bay still +2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at east end briefly mid morning then flew towards Bure Park
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 28.Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach