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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES TO RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020

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 7th May 2016

Highlights today included 3 Spoonbills out on the NWT grazing marsh, 2 Turtle Doves around the paddocks, a Cuckoo calling, a Short-eared Owl hunting lavender marsh, a Greenshank flying over, 22 Sandwich Terns offshore, 6 Chiffchaffs, 7 Willow Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 12 Whitethroats, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Sedge Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers near the NWT pay hut along Broadwater Road, and 2 more Yellow Wagtails over calling. Moths today included Least Black Arches, Northern Drab, Cinnabar, Streamer and Yellow Belle. Butterflies were numerous again with Green Hairstreak, Small Copper and Orange Tip among those recorded.

The obvious highlight from Walsey Hills was the female Black-winged Stilt seen on the scrapes at Cley NWT throughout the day. Other waders included Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 12 Grey Plovers, whilst 3 Spoonbills were reported over in the morning. In the scrub were 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroats, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Cetti's Warblers; 2 Reed Warblers were singing from Snipe's Marsh. 19 Swallows were noted moving east in the afternoon with 6 Sand Martin also passing. A Grey-headed Wagtail was seen late evening in the Eye Field.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Possible Iberian Chiffchaff Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes at end of boardwalk this mrng + Serin heard only E/of boardwalk & No Further Sign of Short-toed Lark PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT at midday on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide + 2 Bar-tailed Godwit & Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Black-winged Stilt Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:55 then flew E/towards Cricket Marsh
> Norfolk Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT at 8:40 flew W/from West Bank to Blakeney Freshes NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 08:30 then flew W/of West Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Male Dusky Warbler Hickling Broad NWT singing in hawthorns just W/of Rush Hill Scrape beyond gate mid a/noon NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 4 Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from Weavers' Way mid a/noon NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 12 Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns at 14:45 in field W/of bend in the road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill flew over Cley NWT this mrng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB at 13:50 on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier Titchwell RSPB early a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Serin Burnham Overy W/of boardwalk at 12:10 then flew/W PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier Thornham at 11:45 over saltmarsh PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Short-toed Lark Burnham Overy E/of boardwalk bushes by late mrng + Ring Ouzel on site PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier Titchwell RSPB over saltmarsh towards Thornham at 11:35 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe on marsh W/of harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 12 Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns in field W/of bend in the road at 10:45 PE31 8PQ TF757413
> Norfolk Cattle Egret 1.5mls ESE/of Wells in cattle field near Northgate Hall Farm at 08:00 NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 3 Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh at 10:05 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill flewN/over Snettisham Coastal Park at 07:30 + Whinchat on site TF648335
> Norfolk 3 Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 18 Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns at 07:00 in fields W/of bend in road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 2 Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Black Tern Rockland Broad at 15:20 NR14 7HP TG328047
> Norfolk Osprey Warham Greens N/end of Garden Drove at 15:20 NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes at 15:00 just E/of boardwalk PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk 4 Whinchat Burnham Overy Dunes PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Female Pied Flycatcher Wells Woods at 12:20 S/of bench in open area NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on lake + Female Whinchat NR11 8PR
> Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cantley Marshes RSPB TG378039
> Norfolk 2 Black Tern Rockland Broad NR14 7HP TG328047
> Norfolk Black Tern Rockland Broad NR14 7HP TG328047
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Titchwell RSPB at 10:50 on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Whinchat Cley next the Sea just N/of the windmill NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Blakeney Freshmarsh + Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk 5 Wood Sandpiper Salthouse at 09:00 on pool W/of Iron Road + Water Pipit NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes + Whinchat & Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Osprey flew W/over Burnham Overy Dunes at 08:00 PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes PE31 8JJ TF879455