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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

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 Sunday 19th April 2020

A breezy but beautifully sunny day with a brisk north-easterly, a few more migrants had arrived today with Whimbrel over calling, 10 Ruff on the grazing marsh, an adult Med Gull drifting over the village, and a Cuckoo, 2 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 6 Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler seen or heard around the recording area.

In the moth traps an Early Thorn, Hebrew Character, Small Quaker and Muslin Moth were to be found, and butterflies today were numerous with 12+ Green Hairstreak, 4 Peacocks, 3 Orange Tips, a Green-veined White and a male Brimstone all on the wing during the day.

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Norfolk Raven flew east over Stiffkey at 2.14pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew NE over King's Lynn
Norfolk Wryneck Cley in gardens near A149 (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Caister still on west side this morning
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male y'day between Blakeney +Morston in field south of coastal path
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing still Norwich on Westlegate at Aviva
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Limpenhoe still in paddocks east of Marsh Road