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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.

Saturday 14th May 2016

With further northerlies today visual migration was limited to a small passage of Swifts feeding out over the grazing marsh. The highlight was a Short-eared Owl giving superb views at times south of the Broadwater. Once again the sea was very disappointing, and there were no special moths to record, the catch being well down on the previous day. Butterflies were present in the sunshine though with Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Wall Brown and Orange Tip all of note today.

A highly metallic Adela reaumurella at rest - Walsey Hills, May 2016

At Walsey Hills the main highlight was a consistent passage of Swifts throughout the day, pushed south by the winds over the reserve as they moved west; similarly a flock of around 40 Sand Martins was feeding over Snipe's Marsh in the morning and some 50 Swallows were noted over the reserve. Two Red Kites were seen in the afternoon and a Hobby flew east in the early evening whilst in the bushes 3 Cetti's Warblers were singing and other records included 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers. On the NWT 2 Spoonbills and 2 Little Stints were seen late afternoon.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Bee-eater East Somerton mid-evng
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT + 2 Little Stint NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Bee-eater Winterton Dunes NNR at the cricket pitch then flew towards E/Somerton NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Bee-eater East Somerton at 15:40
> Norfolk Bee-eater Winterton Dunes NNR at N/end of N/Market road by cable station NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Bee-eater Winterton Dunes NNR at N/end of N/Market road by cable station at 13:00 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Bee-eater Winterton Dunes NNR at the Paddocks at 12:32 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Bee-eater East Somerton along back road near white house at 11:35
> Norfolk Bee-eater Winterton on Sea flew NW/at 11:13 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Bee-eater Winterton Dunes NNR at N/end of North Market Roadby cable station at 10:20 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 23 Dotterel 2 mls S/of Titchwell RSPB SW of Choseley Drying Barns viewed East from minor road between Choseley and Thornham PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme S/of Broadwater TF715449
> Norfolk Firecrest Holt singing along the Holt-Cromer ridge
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT (1 drk) on lake NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Whinchat Snettisham Coastal Park park at green shed + Turtle Dove this mng TF648335
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR