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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 Wednesday 5th February 2020


Activity on the sea today was limited with a single drake Long-tailed Duck and Eider noted.
On the reserve two Bearded Tits were around the Broadwater edge and in Thornham Harbour the ten Twite were again around the Coal Barn and a Spotted Redshank was in the main channel.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still this a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart still 2.45pm Potter Heigham at Herbert Woods boatyard
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.01pm 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 23+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks early a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach below Two Lifeboats pub at 1.10pm. 2.Purple Sands on rocks
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 11.53am by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton still at Bramble Hill in field just NW of of plantation +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 60.Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 11.05am by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Black Redstart still Potter Heigham at Herbert Woods boatyard at 11.40am
Norfolk 20+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshses still from Branch Road at 11.19am
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 10.54am. Do not block gate TF.911.44
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn at 10.20am TF.728.443
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 10.25am by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
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 9.18am then flew NW PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day flew west past Kelling
Norfolk 29.Bewick's Swans y'day Ludham Airfield
Norfolk 11.Common Cranes y'day between Acle Bridge +Billockby in stubble field from barn TG.420.124