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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
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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.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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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