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

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Holme Bird Observatory Monday 24th August 2020

An Osprey flew west at 12.25 and the Wryneck was again showing on the NWT reserve during the day. At Thornham Harbour 14 Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper were seen. Seabirds included a Common Scoter, Fulmar, Great Crested Grebe, 20 Little Terns and 20 Sandwich Terns. A Water Rail was heard along the Broadwater and 6 Whimbrel, 80 Curlew and 280+ Black-tailed Godwits were also noted. Also of interest today was a juvenile Merlin at the west end of the grazing marsh and 4 Crossbills flying west over the village.

An Emperor Dragonfly was flying along the east bank mid afternoon and Small Copper, Brown Argus and Small Heath were also noted. A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia briefly and in the traps 12 Silver Ys, 35 Large Yellow Underwings, 13 Archer's Darts, 16 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 33 Flounced Rustics, a Green Carpet, 2 Brimstones, 2 Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Cabbages, 5 Flame Shoulders, 6 Turnips, 3 Square-spot Rustics, 6 White-line Darts, a Six-striped Rustic, 2 Ferns, a Double-striped Pug, Swallow Prominent, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Light Emerald, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Small Square-spots, a Spectacle, 3 Vine's Rustics, 3 White Points, an Angle Shades, Chinese Character, a Lychnis and 2 Straw Underwings were caught.

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Norfolk no sign of White Stork (ringed) Rockland St.Mary by River Yare 10am-12.30pm
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 3.05pm by pillbox tho elusive
Norfolk 6.Caspian Gulls (all juvs) Cromer on beach at 8.22am
Norfolk Wryneck Holme Dunes NWT still 100yds west of pillbox south of electric fence at foot of dead tree at 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton this morning
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton at 12.25pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (1.juv) Breydon Water flew west at South Wall
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still from picnic area at visitor centre at 9.45am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water still +Great White Egret Spotted Redshank
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Icterine Warbler 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on south side TG.085.441
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) Rockland St.Mary still in field by river