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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 29th August 2020

Seawatching was exciting first thing with 45 Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 5 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 8 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 37 Fulmars, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 91 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pom Skuas, 55 Arctic Skuas, 30 Great Skuas, 3 Little Terns, 18 Sandwich Terns, a juvenile Arctic Tern, 117 Kittiwakes, and an adult Little Gull recorded. Also of interest today were a Water Rail, a Little Ringed Plover west, 15 Whimbrel, 250+ Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, 150+ House Martins and a Wheatear, Pied Flycatcher, 4 Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Only 5 moths were caught today; Dingy Footman, Flounced Rustic, Silver Y, Large Yellow Underwing and Agriphila geniculea.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2+Long-tailed Skuas (both juvs) flew past Cley
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB +Little Stint Great White Egret Spoonbill
Norfolk Black Tern y'day flew past Trimingham
Norfolk 2.Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton Valley in Hermanus sycamores
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Curlew Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.17pm +Turnstone
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still +3.Little Gulls flew past
Norfolk dead Pied Fly 1w Snettisham RSPB on path to Shore Hide
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Snettisham RSPB on mud at 10.50am +juv.Spoonbill still on pit
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Waxham Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey west of Horsey Straight layby
Norfolk Curlew Sand Sheringham on beach
Norfolk Storm Petrel Sheringham flew west past east end of Promenade at 8.50am
Norfolk possible Pied Fly Wymondham in trees east of railway near sewage works with tit flock tho elusive
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham +landed on sea briefly mid morning (+drk.Scaup Little Gull). Long-tailed Skua flew past Cley mid morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham +landed on sea briefly mid morning (+drk.Scaup Little Gull). Long-tailed Skua flew past Cley mid morning
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor
Norfolk Great S'water flew north past Walcott at 6.50am (+Storm Petrel flew north)