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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 Wednesday 18th March 2020



A wet miserable day though it didn't seem to stop a small arrival of Chiffchaffs with at least fifteen noted around the Observatory.  A Water Pipit was on the flooded field south of Thornham coastal path this morning.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water by South Wall late morning
Norfolk Garganey reported Heacham South Beach at 8.55am +Great White Egret
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of track to Raven's Farm at 2pm TF.673.049
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat Glandford at pond
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still this morning +10+Common Cranes
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey at Nelson Head track south of 2nd steps +Raven
Norfolk 27.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.53am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay still 10am. Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh east of Lady Anne’s Drive +ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.55am
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 9.51am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still