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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 29th July 2020

A much calmer day weather wise today. Birds of note included a vocal flyover flock of six Crossbills, a Great White Egret again on the grazing marsh with at least 150 Black-tailed Godwits also present.
Highlights from a Sea watch were three Arctic Terns and two Little Gulls.
Moths caught today included five Pine Hawkmoths, four Drinkers, three Knotgrass and singles of Rosy Footman, Saltmarsh Plume, Ear Moth and Poplar Grey.
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Norfolk Great S'water flew north past Sea Palling at 7.05am
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Cley NWT c150yds east of Babcock Hide at 12.15pm
Norfolk large s'water sp flew west past Cley NWT tho distant
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at west end from A149 +Spoonbill flew east
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool mid morning
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Garganey fem just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on east pool. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 10.27am +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Volunteer Marsh at 9.33am
Norfolk 30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 9.30am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB at 8.22am: 2.on freshmarsh, 2.flew over