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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 11th October 2020

On the sea today 300 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 400+ Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Pom Skua, 3 Arctic Skuas, 17 Great Skuas, 2 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, 67 Auk sp, Little Gull, Med Gull, Long and Short-eared Owls were seen.

Other birds of interest today included 200 Golden Plover, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Snipe, 10 Bearded Tits west along Broadwater, a Swallow, Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler trapped and ringed, 10 Blackcaps, a Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrushes, 35 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 15 Robins, a Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 45 Meadow Pipits, 9 Rock Pipits, 6 Bramblings and 20 Siskins.

 

A Sallow, Red-green Carpet, Feathered Ranunculus, Beaded Chestnut, 2 Black Rustics and a Large Yellow Underwing were in the moth traps, while a Wall Brown, Small Copper and Speckled Wood were round the Observatory centre.

 

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk 3.Pom Skuas flew east flew past Sheringham by 2pm (+ 4.Sooty S'waters)

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Burnham Overy Staithe at 3.35pm

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 3.24pm at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side

Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew east past East Runton +juv.Long-tailed Skua flew east

Norfolk Grey Phal Wells Woods flew SE over flood near caravan park at 2.45pm

Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holme at Gore Point

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still along coastal path mid a'noon

Norfolk Barred Warbler Wells Woods still c2pm SW of The Dell in hawthorns by marsh

Norfolk Barred Warbler Wells Woods SW of The Dell in hawthorns by marsh briefly 1.20pm

Norfolk Barred Warbler Wells Woods SW of The Dell in hawthorns by marsh briefly 1.20pm

Norfolk 4+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines still

Norfolk Black Redstart male Waxham still on roof of cottage with scaffolding

Norfolk Hawfinch Cockley Cley flew north over layby at 8.50am

Norfolk Pom Skua flew east past Cley this morning (+Sooty S'water Red-necked Grebe 2.Short-eared Owls)

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret

Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes

Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham +south of River Thurne at Martham Ferry in 2nd field east of car park at 12.05pm. From Ferrygate Lane take footpath TG.449.199

Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings flew east over Burnham Overy Dunes

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes still +Y-br.Wblr

Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Snettisham RSPB still

Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end by west end of Holkham Pines in 1st hollow on south side at 10.45am

Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes at 9.30am

Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh

Norfolk Long-eared Owl flew west past Holme at 9am

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still at north end of Lady Anne's Drive

Norfolk 18.Common Cranes 1/2ml north of Clippesby by B1152. 12.Common Cranes Waxham at Brograve Farm

Norfolk 18.Common Cranes 1/2ml north of Clippesby by B1152. 12.Common Cranes Waxham at Brograve Farm

Norfolk probable Parrot Crossbill south of Lynford Arboretum along track.38 with 6.Crossbills

Norfolk Hawfinch Thetford flew over Nunnery Lakes NR

Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (ad 3w 1w) y'day Titchwell RSPB roost +Great White Egret 2.Spoonbills over