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We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Friday 16th October 2015

A strong north-easterly breeze kept many migrants lying low today with over 350 Goldcrests in the recording area, many feeding busily on the lawn just in front of the Observatory! On the sea despite ideal winds 63 Gannets, 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 2 Razorbills and 2 Guillemots were the only birds of note. 2 Great Grey Shrikes were still present on the NWT reserve with one occasionally straying onto Redwell Marsh, and 2 Short-eared Owls were seen together, with Merlin, Common Sandpiper, 3 Swallows, 2,500+ Starlings, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrushes, 40 Redwings, 60 Robins, 6 Bramblings, and 40 Greenfinches also of interest.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 15:45 S/of track near beach by Drinking Pool + Yellow-browed Warbler NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods in brambles just N/of main track by pool beyond boating lake NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods at 16:12 by Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike (probable Daurian) W/of Beeston Regis at Beeston Common at 15:55 between layby & pond,.Park in large layby by A149 just beyond Brook Road & walk SW/ onto common NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods 15:15 by Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit 3/4ml W/of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill at 15:15 showing very well, please view from a sensible distance. From A149 at Weynor Gardens junction take righthand track, veer left then right to oaks
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Holkham Freshmarsh at14:30 Viewed S/from metal gate by track 50yds E/of Washington Hide
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines this a/noon in willows 50yds W/of crosstracks NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 11:55 in brambles just N/of main track by pool beyond boating lake NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods along main track W/of The Dell late a/noon NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 2 Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR + Ring Ouzel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie & 4 Red-throated Diver
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB 1 on Meadow Trail, 1 on N/side of Volunteer Marsh + 6 Spotted Redshank on freshmarsh & Short-eared Owl from East Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Warham Greens on saltmarsh off Garden Drove this evng + 2 Hen Harrier & Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 3/4ml W/of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill N/of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill in scrub on N/edge at 15:45. No parking in Weynor Gardens
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide Hide at 15:15 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Wells at 15:10 in paddock S/of Pinewoods Caravan Park NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Little Snoring Airfield TF950328
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens 1 at Garden Drove, 1 at Whirligig & 1 at campsite wood NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Little Auk e/past Sheringham at 14:00 + 8 Sooty Shearwater, Velvet Scoter & 5 Manx Shearwater NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Wells Woods in fields S/of c/pk at 13:30 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler NNE/of Wells at East Hills TF924456
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Stiffkey late mrng 200yds W/along track between c/pk & whirligig NR23 1QF TF964439
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Warham Greens at N/end of Garden Drove + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler between Warham Greens & Stiffkey c/pk, Firecrest & Ring Ouzel NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Titchwell RSPB from Fen Hide briefly at 10:30 then flew W/ PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park 200yds N/of c/pk + Yellow-browed Warbler in buckthorn TF648335
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR at 11:30 on satlmarsh N/of Saltings c/pk
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes SE/of Pool + Short-eared Owl in off sea NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua past Horsey + Redstart & Short-eared Owl NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR in flght along track between Sandy Ridge bungalow & entrance gate
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Great Yarmouth Cemetery flew N/from North Section NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 09:15 300yds E/of Lady Ann's Drive opposite blackthorn in holm oaks in logged area NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great White Egret E/over Holkham Freshmarsh