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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 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)