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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 Friday 29th May 2020

Another beautiful day, the highlights today were 4 Little Terns, 28 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns passing offshore, a Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoos, 5 Swifts, a Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, and 3 Reed Warblers. A family of young Moorhens was on the Broadwater, and a single Brent Goose was at Thornham.

Moths were 2 Bordered Whites, 5 Cinnabars, a Small Elephant Hawk, Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 Lyme Grass, 4 Treble Lines, a Flame Shoulder, Common Marbled Carpet, Breckland Plume, 4 Mottled Rustic, 2 Sand Darts, a Middle-barred Minor, 2 White Ermine, a Vine's Rustic, the Flame, a Muslin, Pine Hawk, a Broad-barred White and Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Below: Lyme Grass and Broad-barred White




Butterflies included 2 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Brown Argus and 4 Small Heath, and two Four-spotted Chasers, 4 Azure Damselflies and 4 Large Red Damselflies were counted.

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Norfolk FRANKLIN'S GULL reported y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still this a'noon
Norfolk White Stork west of Ludham still 1.50pm north of Johnson Street on roof at bottom of Turf Fen Lane. View from river bank just south of How Hill
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Turtle Dove on Wednesday Sidestrand
Norfolk probable Temminck's Stint y'day Breydon Water flew past North Wall at 7.42pm then flew high south