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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 28th August 2020

An increasingly blustery day with heavy rain at lunch time, highlights today were 10 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 65 Common Scoter offshore, 3 Fulmars, a Razorbill and 2 Kittiwakes offshore. A total of 78 Whimbrel were counted passing west and 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank were around the grazing marshes, and 2 Stonechats were in the dunes.

In the moth traps 3 Brimstones, 2 Rusty Dot Pearls, 13 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a White Ermine, 19 Flounced Rustics, 9 Silver Ys, 3 Common Wainscots, 4 Square-spot Rustics, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Vine's Rustics, 2 White-lined Darts, 2 Straw Dots, a Mottled Rustic, 7 Archer's Darts, 3 Snouts, a Blood-vein, a Mother-of-pearl, a Lime-speck Pug and a Dark Sword-grass were caught.

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Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still 4.04pm +juv.Curlew Sand 2.Spoonbills ad.Little Gull
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB on mudflats mid a'noon +3.Curlew Sands (2.juvs) still
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Winterton South Dunes in oaks
Norfolk Little Stint Cantley beet factory still this a'noon +Wood Sand still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints y'day Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still early morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still but no sign of Little Stint NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this morning +Great White Egret still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 5+Curlew Sands Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way +Little Stint still
Norfolk Osprey flew east over West Runton
Norfolk Wood Sand 1.5mls south of Thetford flew south over Nunnery Lakes NR at 7.03am