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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.

Tuesday 13th October 2015

With the wind direction changing slightly and the wind growing in strength, sea birds became the prime focus during the morning, with highlights including two Sooty Shearwaters, two Sabine's Gulls and three Pomarine Skuas. Ringing once again produced a reasonable catch of Goldcrests with a total of  46 ringed. Other birds of note during the day included a Mediterranean Gull and at least one Short-eared Owl watched coming in over the sea.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 16:55 S/of toilet block, NE/of The Dell in brambles but elusive NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 15:58 NE/of The Dell & S/of toilet block in bramblesbut elusive NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 15:00 90yds W/of crosstracks in willow but elusive
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike (probable Daurian) W/of Beeston Regis at Beeston Common at 12:50 between layby & pond,.Park in large layby by A149 just beyond Brook Road & walk SW/ onto common NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 10:30yds W/of crosstracks but elusive
> Norfolk Possible Adult Baltic Gull Waxham at 08:55 in ploughed field W/of church + Ringtail Hen Harrier SE/of church NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk 2 Sabine's Gull past Holme Dunes NOA + 3 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater, Med Gull & Short-eared Owl in off sea
> Norfolk Barred Warbler NNE/of Wells at East Hills + Firecrest & Long-eared Owl TF924456
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey at Campsite Wood late mrng + 3 Firecrest NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Probable Adult Black Brant Wells Quay at 11:34 with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Juvenile Sabine's Gull E/past Weybourne at 10:20 + 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Little Gull, Manx Shearwater & AD Drake Long-tailed Duck past W/ NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery mid a/noon NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh mid a/noon flew to ditch from Washington Hide but elusive
> Norfolk Adult Pomarine Skua past Cley Beach C/pk between 12:30 & 13:30 + 12 Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie & 7 Manx Shearwater NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods between drinking pool & lady Ann's Drive + 4 Firecrest, 2 Ring Ouzel & Great White Egret on freshmarsh NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Cley at Barns Drift NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Long-tailed Skua W/past Cley beach c/pk between 07:00 & midday + AD Pomarine Skua, 38 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Manx Shearwater, Drake Long-tailed Duck & Puffin NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Muckleburgh Hill between woods and the road at 10:00, heard only
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods 1ml W/of c/pk by main track near bench at 11:05 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines 100yds E/of crosstracks in sycamore N/of track late mrng
> Norfolk 1 + Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy Dunes 10:15 at E/end + 2 Short-eared Owl PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Dusky Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end in hawthorns by ditch just W/of no entry gate + No Sign of Radde's Warbler
> Norfolk 3 Pomarine Skua past Holme Dunes NNR this mrng + Sooty Shearwater
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey in Campsite Wood + 2 Firecrest NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Reported Holkham Pines at 06:50 100yds W/of Meals House with tit flock + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler & Tree Pipit