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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 Tuesday 4th February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 53.Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach
Norfolk reported Ruddy Shelduck East Wretham is a hybrid Ruddy Shelduck x Egyptian Goose [reidentified from photograph]
Norfolk 25+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck East Wretham still 12.26pm in field north of East Wretham NR
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.10pm 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 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshses still near Branch Road
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn late morning TG.420.124
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 11.24am by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still at end of lane in cattle field behind wood mid morning
Norfolk Black Redstart still Potter Heigham at Herbert Woods boatyard at 10.30am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach below Two Lifeboats pub mid morning +showing well
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 10.20am off Cross Street in bushes behind church
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach +2.Long-tailed Ducks flew west
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still off Cross Street in hedge behind last garden at top of footpath to church
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 9.52am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 9+Tundra Bean Geese Waxham still at Poplar Farm in sugar beet field left of entrance track with 600.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Flitcham at Abbey Farm in field south of hide at 9.23am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still behind Marsh House Farm in horse field viewed from sea wall at 8.52am
Norfolk possible Franklin's Gull Cley flew east past car park at 8.35am
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 8.45am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck reported East Wretham in field north of East Wretham NR with Egyptian Geese