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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Tuesday 29th DECEMBER 2020

Further to the announcement of a Tier 4 (Stay at home) lockdown in Norfolk, the NOA has closed all hides on its nature reserves. 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.

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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 5th December 2020

On the sea today, highlights included 800+ Common Scoters, a drake Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red Throated Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. Around the reserves a pair of Pintail were on the Broadwater, over 2,500 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh and a Siskin was in the pines.

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Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh at 3.24pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne stil 2.55pm off Muckleburgh Hill with 30.Common Scoters
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton still south of groyne.59 this morning
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still late morning in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction. Landowner enters field regularly but bird soon returns. Pls respect local residents TG.041.433
Norfolk Snow Bunting Hopton-on-Sea flew south along cliffs early a'noon
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad north of Rollesby Bridge at 1.20pm
Norfolk 2.Scaup (both fem) Ormesby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk Scaup fem/juv.drk Felbrigg Hall NT still early a'noon on lake
Norfolk Bewick's Swan ad Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +4.Water Pipits
Norfolk Great White Egret Lynford Arboretum
Norfolk 2+Lapland Buntings Happisburgh still in field by lighthouse (+16.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still late morning in fields by Beach Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Scaup Felbrigg Hall NT still
Norfolk Great White Egret flew SW over Blackborough early a'noon
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose Billockby still 10am with Pink-footed Geese (+12.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still late morning on beach 100yds west of car park
Norfolk 110.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still early morning
Norfolk 18.Scaup Hunstanton off jet ramp at 11.30am +showing well
Norfolk 20+Snow Buntings Holkham Gap still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad
Norfolk Water Pipit Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth South Denes
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne Camp still on sea
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still c1ml north of Beach Road on beach by groyne.59 mid morning
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in fields by Beach Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk no news on Iceland Gulls Winterton
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction. Landowner enters field regularly but bird soon returns. Pls respect local residents TG.041.433
Norfolk 10.Waxwings Wymondham on Norwich Road at S-bend at 7.50am then flew towards town centre
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still on beach 100yds west of car park
Norfolk Scaup y'day Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Great Northern Diver y'day flew SE past Mundesley 7.15-9.15am