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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.

Sunday 11th October 2015

A big day, with significant movement including 500 Wigeon, 500 Teal, a Pintail, 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 400+ Goldcrests, 6 Bearded Tits, 35 Skylarks, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 300 Starlings, 12 Blackbirds, 12 Song Thrushes, 68 Redwings, 40 Robins, 2 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, 10 Rock Pipits, 25 Bramblings, 350+ Greenfinches, 15 Redpolls, 100+ Goldfinches, and 25 Siskins. On the sea 13 Eiders, 1000+ Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Razorbills, 2 Bonxies and a Sandwich Tern were recorded.

Ringing included 52 Greenfinches and 126 Goldcrests together with a steady arrival of Robins (17 ringed) and a number of other common species including Blackcap and Cetti's Warbler.

At Walsey Hills 6 Ring Ouzels were in the area including the pines, the back of Snipe's Marsh and the willows. Over 100 Bramblings also arrived during the day.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 17:35 in hedge near the pond showing well + Yellow-browed Warbler
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 17:05 in hedge near the pond showing well
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Red-flanked Bluetail Weybourne at Denmark House NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Weybourne trapped & ringed at Denmark House, release at 09:20. NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB showing well this evng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Serin Winterton North Dunes in off the sea. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines this evng but elusive, at the W/end, close to the dunes + 3 Ring Ouzel
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster at Garden Drove this a/noon PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Hemsby + Whinchat, Ring Ouzel & 6 Snow Bunting NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Scratby in sycamores on N/side 500m inland from the coast
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB but elusive + Spoonbill, Short-eared Owl, Little Stint, Firecrest & Curlew Sandpiper & 2 Hen Harrier. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Richard's Pipit Stiffkey flew in off the sea and over Campsite Wood at 17:30 NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Sheringham in bushes on N/side of railway, E/of the level crossing, late a/noon; park on Upper Sheringham Road then cross A149 & field to view NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 2 Richard's Pipit Wells Woods at 15:15 circled over the open area SW/of The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery mid a/noon. NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Dusky Warbler East Hills at 14:00 + Yellow-browed Warbler & Firecrest TF924456
> Norfolk Richard's Pipit Warham Greens in rough field inland of whirligig NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Kelling Water Meadows on access track NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens at the N/end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Dusky Warbler East Hills at N/end. TF924456
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines singles by Joe Jordan Hide & Meals House + Firecrest
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holme NOA TF717450
> Norfolk Richard's Pipit N/over Waxham Sands at 10:33 NR29 4EJ
> Norfolk Richard's Pipit West Runton in off the sea then/E.
> Norfolk Ringtail Harrier sp. N/over Waxham at 07:30. + Richard's Pipit flew/S., Yellow-browed Warbler & Firecrest NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse briefly in flight at 08:50, appeared to land N/end of Beach Road. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods by the drinking pool NR23 1DR TF909453