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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 Monday 14th September 2020

A Glossy Ibis was reported flying east over the entrance gate this morning, and 3 Spoonbills flew west over the Broadwater. Also of interest were 5+ Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Siskins over calling. Waders included 2 Whimbrel, 42 Curlew, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 55 Lapwings. A total of at least 174 Pink-feet came in off the sea during the morning and 2 Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, a Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs and 4 Cetti's Warblers were also recorded.

In the moth traps 3 Flounced Rustics, a Snout, 11 Lunar Underwings,26 Square-spot Rustics, 6 Lesser Yellow Underwings, a Brimstone, 21 Large Yellow Underwings, a Rosy Wave, Pale Mottled Willow, Yellow Belle, 2 Small Blood Vein, a Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Centre-barred Sallow, 3 Archer's Darts, 2 White-lined Darts, 6 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, an Angle Shades, 2 Frosted Oranges, a Turnip, and a Vine's Rustic were caught. A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia and Small Copper, Brown Argus, Small Heath and Small Tortoiseshell were seen.

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Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT +2+Great White Egrets 4.Common Cranes Wood Sand
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2.30pm 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pools just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk no further sign of Glossy Ibis Stiffkey on saltmarsh north of Campsite car park early a'noon (but juv.Whinchat)
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still along South Wall early morning +Osprey
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS again 12.30pm 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on scrape just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Burnham Norton on NE pool at 11am +ringtail.Hen Harrier 11+Spoonbills 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Bowthorpe early a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS till 10.45am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim just east of windpump but no further sign by 11.30am. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 11.15am Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR TM.173.831
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 10am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on scrape just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Stiffkey on saltmarsh north of Campsite car park landed on north side of gorse belt at 8.35am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Holme Dunes NWT over entrance gate then flew east
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 9am 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on scrape just east of windpump. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy with cattle
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS 2mls south of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim. Park near barns at south end of Swim Road +take public footpath west for c300yds to west of windpump NR29 3EH