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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 Sunday 20th September 2020

On the sea today 20 Brent Geese, an Eider, 18 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmars, 69 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Arctic Skuas, 101 Sandwich Terns and 5 Kittiwakes were of note, with 1,020+ Bar-tailed Godwits and 28,000 Knot counted at high tide. A Red Kite, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, a Swallow, 7 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart, 3 Stonechats, 5+ Bramblings, a Redpoll and 3 Siskins were of interest.

In the moth trap today 19 Lunar Underwings, 6 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Feathered Ranunculus, a Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Brown-spot Pinions, 4 Square-spot Rustics, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Silver Y and a Humming-bird Hawk moth was on the buddleias, while Brown Argus and Small Heath were still on the wing in the autumn sunshine.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove flew south over Buckenham Marshes RSPB mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still mid a'noon on south side of The Dell
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew east past Sheringham at 2.10pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Thornham Point early a'noon
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 1.50pm Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk possible Arctic Warbler Warham Greens by coast path at 3rd field west of Garden Drove [heard only] (not at south end of Garden Drove) TF.937.437
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Common Crane
MEGA Norfolk presumed WHITE-CHINNED PETREL again c12.50pm Cley NWT flew east past beach car park
Norfolk possible Arctic Warbler reported Warham Greens at south end of Garden Drove [heard only] TF.943.428
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11.50am Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still 11.55am on south side of The Dell
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Wells Woods on north side of The Dell at 11.45am
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 11.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods on north side of The Dell at 11.25am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB still from new hide +6.Spotted Redshanks 8.Spoonbills Turtle Dove still
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy in hedge late morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk possible White-chinned Petrel Cley NWT NW of beach car park at 10.30am tho distant then lost to view
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still mid morning Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods at drinking pool +Pied Fly
Norfolk repeat: presumed WHITE-CHINNED PETREL Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am (not Great-winged Petrel)
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR (+juv.Little Stint 3.Spotted Redshanks) TM.173.831
MEGA Norfolk presumed WHITE-CHINNED PETREL Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am (not Great-winged Petrel)
Norfolk repeat: probable Great-winged Petrel Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still 8.45am on fence by track south of The Dell south of main track
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still 9.15am on south side of The Dell
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr c2mls NNE of Mundford at High Ash Wood in NE corner of Desert Rats Trail mid morning
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2mls S.of Filby at Runham at Runham Swim on pool just E.of windpump then flushed. Pk near barns at S.end of Swim Road +take footpath W below bank to W.of windpump NR29 3EH cTG.474.101
Norfolk probable Great-winged Petrel Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.45am
Norfolk Little Stint flew west over Burnham Overy Dunes at 8am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still on fence by track south of The Dell 300yds south of main track early morning
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 7.55am Warham Greens south of coast path in NW corner of 2nd field west of Garden Drove. Keep out of crop TF.937.437
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holkham east of Lady Anne's Drive early morning
Norfolk Great S'water flew east past Sheringham at c7.14am
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still on south side of The Dell
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still Warham Greens north of coast path west of Garden Drove in hollow at 7.33am cTF.939.438
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Snettisham RSPB still