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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 31st July 2020

On the sea today 10 Gannets, one Little Tern, one Black Tern, an adult Arctic Tern, 156 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were counted. Waders included a Green Sandpiper at Gore Point, 2 Whimbrel over calling and 15 Black-tailed Godwits. A Juvenile Cuckoo was in the dunes.

With very high temperatures it was a good day for insects with male Emperor Dragonfly on the wing and butterflies included Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Red Admiral and Wall Brown.

In the moth traps a Dark Crimson Underwing was a special addition to the Observatory list and other moths were 5 Drinkers, 6 Garden Tigers, 4 Ruby Tigers, 4 Scarce Footman, 3 Common Footman, 6 Straw Underwing, 11 Rustic, 4 Cloaked Minor, a White-point, Brown-line Bright-eye, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Flounced Rustic, Small Waved Umber, Silver Y, 2 Yellow Tails, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Prominent, Common Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, Kent Black Arches, Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, White-line Dart and Least Carpet.


Dark Crimson Underwing

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Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Blickling Hall Lake
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk 3.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Honey Buzzard fem Sutton flew east over Moor Road at midday
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool