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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT All NOA reserves remain closed at present, and following the lifting of some restrictions in England we would ask our members, visitors and volunteers to be patient while this situation continues. We are still some way from being able to provide a COVID secure environment for our staff and visitors, and any changes must be gradual, cautious and enable social distancing. Broadwater Road is currently closed, and the Beach Road Car Park is also closed. We would advise that parking and toilet facilities are not yet widely available. NWT Holme Dunes, Titchwell and Snettisham RSPB reserves also remain closed, and do not yet have a date for opening their car parks and other visitor facilities. Please also bear in mind that we are now in the middle of the breeding season. Birds which have been nesting undisturbed while visitors have stayed away need this situation to continue until their young have fledged. For similar reasons affecting land managers along the North Norfolk Coast AONB, their Re-opening the Norfolk Coast Working Group is asking people not to visit at this time until organisations have had a chance to put safety measures in place for social distancing and reopen provision such as toilets and car parks. Announcements will be made by individual organisations and businesses when this is the case, so please check before you travel, and don’t come at present. NOA hopes to offer some form of access at its reserves later this summer, but it could still be some weeks away and will remain limited while we find our ‘new normal’. Please bear with us, and we thank you again for your understanding and support

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 23rd April 2020

High pressure continued to dominate our weather today, with hazy sunshine and a light north-easterly breeze. Two Pink-footed Geese are still loitering on the marshes and a party of 35+ Teal are still concealed there, with 16 Avocets, 30 Lapwing and a single Snipe also counted. A surprising view of 5 Jays in a loose group piling into the pines and then chased out by a female Sparrowhawk suggested some migration and 5 Sand Martins and at least 3 Swallows were also seen. Two Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats and 2 Grasshopper Warblers were around the recording area and a pair of Stonechats in the dunes, with a single Yellow Wagtail dropping onto the reserve briefly before heading off east.

Moth trapping was more productive today, with a Waved Umber, Pine Beauty, 5 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 1 Northern Drab, a Powdered Quaker, Muslin and our first Black-faced Conch!

Butterflies enjoyed another balmy day of sunshine with at least 10 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Green-veined Whites, a Brimstone and 12+ Orange Tips all seen.

Waved Umber Moth

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Norfolk Arctic Tern Breydon Water flew east past South Wall late morning
Norfolk 4.Black Terns Hockwold Washes RSPB at 12.48pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes between Lenwade +Lyng Easthaugh flew SW over River Wensum at c11.20am
Norfolk 3+Spotted Redshanks Cley NWT this morning then 1.flew high north
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Cley NWT this morning +Short-eared Owl by beach car park
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe Marshes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Felmingham +4.Whimbrel flew NE early morning
Norfolk Serin flew west over Thetford at 7.30am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk Stone Curlew Blakeney Freshmarsh at 10.30am then flew off
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wymondham still NW of abbey on pasture by west side of River Tiffey then flew into willows +lost to view TG.101.020
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh again in SW corner in a'noon