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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 29th May 2016

The weather was less than summery today with cloud, mist and a strong north wind blowing offshore. 5 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns passed and other birds of interest included 2 Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, 18 Swifts, a Hobby, 30 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, and 10 Reed Warblers. A flock of Starlings on the grazing marsh included a leucistic bird.

Moths included a Breckland Plume, 2 Small Elephant Hawk moths, and a Buff Ermine.

At Walsey Hills Swifts were present in good numbers again, with at least 40 birds in the area; feeding with them were 4 House Martins and around 15 Swallows throughout the day, and a Hobby sped through in the afternoon. The first young Blackcaps of the year were also seen mid-afternoon, with adults in close attendance.

A glimpse of the 'white' Starling with the flock - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB on brackish island from main path at 20:50 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Immature Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew/W at 15:50 over Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Burnham Norton on marsh at midday PE31 8DS TF828441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Rockland Broad circled at 8:00 then flew/N NR14 7HP TG328047
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Arctic Tern Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 16:20 then flew/N PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at East End at High Tide NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB at 11:10 on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB until 10:25 then flew N/over the river NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 08:10 NR13 4HS TG341066