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

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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 26th August 2020

I was excited for a good seawatch this morning but unfortunately numbers were very low with the best bird being a Long-tailed Skua trying to fly west but getting pushed east by the strong wind. Also 3 Arctic Skua and a Bonxie were seen. Mark B went back out in the afternoon and had a very close in Manx Shearwater. He also had very brief views of a Hen Harrier (Ringtail) over the grazing marsh around midday which flushed up all the Black-tailed Godwits. A Greenshank was present at Thornham Habour. Two Whinchats were reported in the dunes.

Unsurprisingly the moth traps were rather empty! 4 Silver Y, 12 Flounced Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 1 Turnip Moth

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still on mud at 11.32am on flowing tide. 14.Spotted Redshanks on South Pit
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 11am +Great White Egret +Spoonbill flew west. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv flew west past Sheringham at 10.45am
Norfolk Black Tern juv Cley flew west past beach car park late morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Snettisham RSPB +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Weybourne at 7.15am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas flew east past Sheringham 6am-10am (+Black Guillemot)
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Harbour at 8.12am
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Sheringham at 7am
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv Cley flew past beach car park by 8am +ad.Roseate Tern (ad.Black Guillemot flew west at 8am)