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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.

Sunday 18th September 2016

A good day for migrants following yesterdays storm, including 19 Pinkfeet east, 57 Brent Geese, 260+ Wigeon, 120+ Teal, 11 Pintail, on the sea 1000 Common Scoters, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Pom Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, and 10 Sandwich Terns. A Hobby was of note and a Yellow-browed Warbler was again seen in the forestry on the NWT reserve, while around the Observatory 5 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps including a Belgian-ringed bird, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Reed Warblers, a Spotted and a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstarts, 2 Whinchats, 3 Stonechats, 1 Yellow and 3 Grey Wagtails, a Redpoll and 6 Siskins were all recorded.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail East Hills at 16:20 but elusive + Arctic Warbler TF925458
Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail East Hills at 14:00 but no further sign by 15:30 + 6 Yellow-browed Warbler minimum, 4 Redstart, 6 Pied Flycatcher & Tree Pipit TF924456
Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail East Hills at 13:10 but elusive + 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, Wryneck & Lapland Bunting TF924456
Norfolk Probable Juvenile Pacific Golden Plover Hunstanton on turf field S/of Marsh grazing stables between 11:10 & 11:20 then flew off PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail East Hills at 10:40 + Wryneck & Yellow-browed Warbler TF924456 Norfolk Greenish Warbler Reported East Hills but elusive TF925458
Norfolk Juvenile Dotterel Sheringham showing well at 17:20 on golf course at W/end viewed from Sheringham Coast Watch building NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Waxham at 18:40 in willows N/of pipe dump + 3 Whinchat, 2 Redstart & Tree Pipit NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point heard only + 5 Redstart NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery at 16:40 in SE/corner of S/section + Ring Ouzel NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at 16:40 + 2 Redstart NR23 1QF TF964439 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Overy Staithe at 15:45 N/of A149 in sallow right of track to dunes 50yds N/of 1st stile & just beyond red metal fence
Norfolk 15 Spoonbill Blakeney Harbour at low tide at 15:10 TG028441
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Deepdale moved towards coast path with tit flock PE31 8FB TF803442
Norfolk Juvenile Dotterel Sheringham at 15:20 at W/end of golf course viewed from Sheringham Coast Watch building NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 14:45 300yds W/of drinking pool + Wood Warbler NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Juvenile Dotterel Sheringham at 14:50 at W/end of golf course viewed from Sheringham Coast Watch building NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point at Yankee Ridge mid a/noon but mobile & elusive NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines from main track 200yds w/of Joe Jordan Hide at 14:39
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Overy at 14:30 in sallow right of track to dunes, c30yds N/of stile by red metal fence PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods 300yds W/of drinking pool at 14:30 + Pied Flycatcher NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Salthouse between here & Kelling Quags at 14:02 in bushes 300yds along Meadow Lane NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Stone Curlew Blakeney Point 300yds E/of Halfway House NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 13:35 midway towards Lady Anne's Drive NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at 13:30 NR23 1QF TF964439
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Overy at 13:16 in sallow by track to dunes PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NE/corner of S/section NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk 1st Winter Red-backed Shrike Horsey along Nelson Head Track at 09:00 + 3 Whinchat NR29 4EP TG477228 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens at Garden Drove 20yds N/of concrete pad NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 1st Winter Red-breasted Flycatcher Trimingham NR11 8EG TG279388
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NWT half way between entrance gate & firs in little dell N/of entrance track TF715449
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 12:50 + 3 Pied Flycatcher NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Juvenile Dotterel Sheringham at W/end of golf course this a/noon NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Richard's Pipit Weybourne Camp at 08:00 circled then flew/W NR25 7SR TG111435 Norfolk Hoopoe 1/4ml W/of Brancaster Staithe along coast path E/of fort at 12:45 then flew/E towards harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Overy in sea buckthorn c200yds NE/of Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme-next-the Sea in golf course c/pk + Pied Flycatcher TF717450
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods along main track to drinking pool on S/side at 09:53 + Red-breasted Flycatcher at 08:30 near kissing gate (heard only) NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill flew W/over Cley NWT at 07:50 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Dotterel Sheringham at 08:15 at W/end of golf course NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Cley next the Sea on shingle by fishing boats then flew/W towards Blakeney Point + 3 Sooty Shearwater flew/E past, Puffin, 6 Velvet Scoter flew/W & 8 Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441