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CORONAVIRUS: The NOA would like to reassure members and supporters that it has taken serious steps to align itself with government restrictions to help with the control of Coronavirus. We have taken the decision to close all our reserves, including Holme Bird Observatory, to visitors and volunteers until further notice. We are truly sorry to have to shut these sites, but in these challenging times we really have no alternative. It is intended that NOA will continue to have a single staff member present at the Observatory on most days, in order to care for the site, and to attend to administrative issues. We also hope to be able to monitor wildlife at the Observatory and to post sightings on our blog. Should any of you living within the Observatory’s recording area see anything of interest, then we’d love to hear from you by phone or email on 01485 525406 and at info@noa.org.uk. We thank you for your understanding and hope that all our members and visitors stay safe and well, until we can restore normal opportunities for enjoying wildlife once again. We are truly grateful for your continued support.

Holme Bird Observatory 9th March 2020

7 Twite seen on coal barn at Thornham Harbour
1 Hebrew Character in moth trap

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Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Woodcock from Fen Trail
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham 1/4ml west of boardwalk at 12.20pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.25pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in bush viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle at 12.24pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge near Raven's Farm junction +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end +5+Great White Egrets 4+Cattle Egrets
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Dersingham over fields in evng +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.30am. 2.Great White Egrets still from Washington Hide
Norfolk 120+Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Heigham Holmes
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh. ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Bull Marsh with 1,000.Dark-bellied Brent Geese +3.hybrid Pale-bellied Brent Goose x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 3+Great White Egrets y'day Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks y'day still Holkham Bay in saltmarsh tho mobile (6+Snow Buntings still in dunes. 1+Velvet Scoter still on sea)