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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 Saturday 11th July 2020

Seawatching today produced 150 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, a Fulmar, 12 Gannets and 59 Sandwich Terns. A flock of 180+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Thornham Harbour together with 60 Curlew. Three immature Spoonbills flew west along the dunes and a Grasshopper Warbler was heard in the paddocks early morning. Two Siskins flew west over the Observatory.

Around the reserve Small Heath, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper were noted. In the moth traps 18 Common Footmen, 4 Scarce Footmen, 2 Cinnabars, 4 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Diamond-back, a Small Emerald, a Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Uncertains, a Marbled Minor sp, 2 Mottled Rustics, 2 Rustics, 1 Silver Y, 1 Nutmeg, 2 Brown Tail, a Short-cloaked Moth, a Kent Black Arches, an Early Thorn, Peppered Moth, The Clay, a Rosy Footman, and a Heart & Dart were caught.

Below - The Rustic and Round-winged Muslin moths




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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad again 1.30pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance from north side. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser Yellowlegs just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this a'noon (but 5.Spoonbills). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Great White Egret. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Scaup drk still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +8.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull y'day Weybourne Camp