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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 27th September 2020

Another excellent day for seawatching with 59 Brent Geese, 122 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, 236 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Arctic Skuas, 36 Great Skuas, 2 Guillemots, 2 Sandwich Terns, 5 Arctic Terns, 10 Kittiwakes, 2 Med Gulls, and a Storm Petrel west around 9.30am.

Other birds of note included a single Pintail, a Great White Egret, an Avocet, Golden Plover, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Ruff and 3 Snipe, a Kingfisher on the Broadwater, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers sheltering on the west side of the reserve, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Brambling around the pines, 3 Siskins, a Snow Bunting and at Thornham Harbour 2 Lapland Buntings were seen.

Moth traps contained just 4 Lunar Underwings and a Beaded Chestnut, with 2 Migrant Hawkers still present near the Observatory.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk 9.Little Gulls Wells still over field south of Pinewoods Caravan Park mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still mid a'noon at The Dell on south side of meadow
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still c3.30pm (+3.Little Stints 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling still 3.25pm north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow (+10+Little Gulls still)
Norfolk Grey Phal Titchwell RSPB still mid a'noon on sea
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Weybourne on sea c400yds west of car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Velvet Scoter drk flew past Cley
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still 2pm (+2.Little Stints Little Gull)
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Warham Greens at Garden Drove early morning
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Heacham flew north past North Beach mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Welney WWT still mid a'noon from main observatory
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods +Mealy Redpoll
Norfolk Snow Bunting Sea Palling along sea wall
Norfolk Grey Phal Titchwell RSPB on sea early a'noon (2.Little Gulls on freshmarsh)
Norfolk Grey Phal Salthouse still mid a'noon in fields east of Beach Road (+2.Caspian Gulls (ad +2w) Arctic Tern. 2w.Caspian Gull east of Iron Road)
Norfolk Pied Fly Holkham Pines +2.Y-br.Wblrs
Norfolk Little Gull Stiffkey Fen at 1.20pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling still early a'noon north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow (+30+Little Gulls still)
Norfolk Little Stint Cley flew east past beach car park this morning
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls flew past Weybourne
Norfolk Little Gull Salthouse in flooded fields east of Beach Road early a'noon
Norfolk 6.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham +10.Little Gulls
Norfolk Grey Phal Salthouse in flooded fields east of Beach Road early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels Cley flew west past beach car park 8am-11am +juv.Sabine's Gull 2.Balearic S'waters (+8.Sooty S'waters 2w.Caspian Gull 8.Little Gulls)Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Wells Woods still at The Dell on south side of meadow late morning
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT at East Bank on The Serpentine still 11.43am
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad on Friday Cley NWT flew over Eye Field in a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT at main lagoon +8.Cattle Egrets still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Cley in flooded field by sewage works at 11.20am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 11.09am c400yds east of The Lookout with tit flock
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Welney WWT from main observatory
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still in willows by junction of main path +path to Fen Hide [heard only]
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on sea at 7.30am
Norfolk 3.Sooty S'waters Cley flew west past coastguards 8.16-10.12am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 10.32am with tit flock
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Titchwell RSPB still on beach
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Cley flew past coastguards by 9.15am (+2.Sooty S'waters flew west)
Norfolk Storm Petrel flew west past Titchwell RSPB. Great White Egret still in reedbed
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Titchwell RSPB still on beach towards Thornham Point at 10.07am
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels flew west past West Runton mid morning
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling still at Kelling Quags +showing well (+6+Little Gulls)
Norfolk Little Gull north of Wymondham Abbey on flood at 7.54am then flew north
Norfolk 4.Grey Phals y'day flew past Cley 7am-4pm +6.Pom Skuas (+68.Sooty S'waters 26.Little Gulls 3.Purple Sands). On Friday 4.ad.Long-tailed Skuas flew low over beach car park in a'noon
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv Weybourne flew past beach car park at 6.54am