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The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 14th March 2020

1 Hebrew Character in moth trap
Spoonbill flying east over Thornham Harbour
Greenshank in Thornham Habour
Merlin hunting on the beach

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk 3.Waxwings y'day SW of Colkirk at West Raynham in lime in evng
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich flew over Earlham Road this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew east over Roydon Common NNR at 1.54pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still at east end this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on flood by A149 at 11am
Norfolk 5.Waxwings still Salthouse in tree opposite duck pond at 1.50pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in dunes
Norfolk Spoonbill flew east over Thornham Harbour at 1.28pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1.21pm 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove near Raven's Farm on wires by footpath sign TF.673.049
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Haddiscoe Island at 12.55pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water early morning +2.Short-eared Owls
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks near Sheringham Museum at 12.42pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard at 11am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 10.59am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT from Nelson Lyle Hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Grey Plover flew over Wymondham at 8am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove at Raven's Farm in hedge from junction at 9.30am TF.673.049
Norfolk 9.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 2+Russian White-fronted Geese Heigham Holmes still +2.presumed escaped Red-breasted Geese