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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 Tuesday 4th August 2020

A perfect start to the day weather wise, which unfortunately soon deteriorated into a somewhat grey and blustery afternoon ! A sea watch produced counts of 60 Common Scoter, seven Gannets and three Little Gulls. On the reserve both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in the pines and a Great White Egret was again on the grazing marsh.

The moth traps were again busy and moths caught included Least Carpet, Archers Dart (3), Red twin-spot Carpet, Barred Straw, Rosy Footman and Garden Tiger (3). A Humming Bird Hawk-moth also appeared several times on the Buddleia outside the Observatory building during the day.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck y'day SE of King's Lynn still at Hardwick Flood Lagoon. Park by A149 west of roundabout +view from verge TF.642.185 PE30
Norfolk 4+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still right of main car park on dry pit beyond 1st muddy pit
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Hickling Broad NWT still from Weavers' Way
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv Holkham flew SW over Holkham Gap at 12.54pm [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham South Beach
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +Little Stint
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER recently Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 10am [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv over Burnham Thorpe again 10.15am viewed east from Beacon Hill [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk no sign of ad.Gull-billed Tern Snettisham RSPB 6am-10am (but 2.juv.Wood Sands 2.Curlew Sands 4.Spoonbills)
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv flew west over Burnham Thorpe at 8.55am [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB from South Hide at 7.06am +Curlew Sand