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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – THURSDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2020

COVID-19 Restrictions on NOA Reserves Further to the announcement of a second lockdown in order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the NOA must once again close all hides on its nature reserves from 5th November. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit. We are very grateful for your understanding and support.

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 19th November 2020

Sea watching was very much the activity of the day, though the wind whilst from the right direction, was nowhere  near as strong as predicted. Totals for the morning (08.30-1200) included 550 Common Scoter, 34 Great-crested Grebes, 24 Bonxies, 4 Arctic and 2 Pomarine Skuas, 17 Little Gulls, 15 Gannets,12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Pintail, 7 Red-throated, 3 Great Northern and one Black-throated Diver and a Red-necked Grebe. A grand total of 724 Kittiwakes were counted, with the probability many were missed as they appeared to be arriving and entering the wash from the North. A count of fifty Snipe was made early morning as the high tide flooded the saltmarsh at Thornham, forcing them to take flight.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still 2.55pm in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school TG.220.157
Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still this a'noon
Norfolk Pom Skua juv Cley off coastguards
Norfolk 10.Pom Skuas flew past Sheringham 6.30am-2pm (+6.Great Northern Divers 2.Puffins. 2.Red-necked Grebes flew east +2.Velvet Scoters flew east)
Norfolk no news on Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith since late morning
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Cley NWT flew past beach car park 7.45am-1pm +Slav Grebe 5.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still this a'noon 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill cTG.086.441
Norfolk Pom Skua juv flew east past Weybourne Camp 7.30am-11am (++Red-necked Grebe flew west +3.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew east over Weybourne Camp (+Snow Bunting flew west)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew north past Heacham South Beach 8.30am-11am +Great Northern Diver 2.Scaup
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters flew past Sheringham 6.45-11.30am
Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith (for 4th day)
Norfolk reported White-billed Diver Cley NWT was a Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 11.12am
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas (both juvs) flew past Sheringham 7am-11am (+5.Great Northern Divers Puffin 465.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv still Cley NWT on North Scrape at c10am
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill cTG.086.441
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley NWT flew west past beach car park +drk.Long-tailed Duck. Great Northern Diver on sea near wreck
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER y'day 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp just east of 5-bar gate TG.1016.4313