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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 1st August 2020

On the sea today 140 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmars, 16 Gannets, 1 Little Tern, 167 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns were recorded. Waders included Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 41 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Turnstones, 26 Sanderling, 43 Dunlin, one Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Redshank and 3 Snipe. A Treecreeper was in the pines.

Moths were abundant, with 12 Drinkers, 7 Marbled Clovers, 1 Small Elephant Hawk, 3 Dusky Sallow, 6 Scarce Footmen, 33 Rustic, 2 Rosy Footmen, 12 Cloaked Minor, a Sharp-angled Peacock, an Antler, 5 Brown-line Bright-eye, 4 Straw Underwing, 6 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Southern Wainscot, 3 Rosy Minor, 3 Ruby Tiger, 4 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3 Archer's Dart, 6 Least Yellow Underwing, 1 Clay, 1 Willow Beauty, 2 Dingy Footmen, 2 Brown Tail, a Least Carpet, 3 Yellow Tail, Small Blood-vein, Lychnis, 2 Fen Wainscot, 4 Shaded Broad-bar, a Straw Dot, 3 Flounced Rustic, 2 Tree-lichen Beauty, a Burnished Brass, 5 Garden Tiger, Mother of Pearl, 2 Common Pug, 3 Smoky Wainscot, Turnip, Rosy Rustic, Shore Wainscot, Coast Dart, 4 Common Rustic, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Silver Y, Large Yellow Underwing, Lime-speck Pug, Mouse Moth, Humming-bird Hawk, Dark Arches, Haworth's Pug, 3 Lyme Grass, 6 White-lined Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Brown-veined Wainscot, Wormwood Pug and Webb's Wainscot.

A Silver-washed Fritillary was feeding at the buddlea in the afternoon, and an Emperor Dragonfly was also noted.

Coast Dart, Brown-veined Wainscot and Silver-washed Fritillary





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Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT still +4.Common Cranes still
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Norfolk 2.Garganey flew past Cley
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