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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.

Friday 7th October 2016

Another day of great weather for migration, with many highlights including a Yellow-browed Warbler in the sycamore in the NWT car park, 360 Brent Geese in Thornham Harbour, 700 Common Scoters, 6 Red-throated Divers, 19 Gannets and a Great Crested Grebe on the sea, a Kingfisher and a Peregrine, 450 Goldcrests in the pines, 4 Swallows still around the Broadwater Hide, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, a Ring Ouzel, 20 Blackbirds, 60 Song Thrushes, 250 Redwings, 15 Mistle Thrushes, 170 Robins, 2 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears, 60 Meadow Pipits, 5 Rock Pipits, 8 Bramblings, and 6 Siskins among the many observations.

Ringing was very busy with 182 birds of 17 species including 55 Robins, 51 Goldcrests, 34 Meadow Pipits, 2 Bearded Tits and a Kestrel.


Photo by Gary Elton

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler SW/o Beeston Regis Caravan Park in sycamore by railway at 16:45 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham 17:30 at W/end of golf course + Ring Ouzel NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 6 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end + 2 Great White Egret on freshmarsh Norfolk 6 Yellow-browed Warbler Reported Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Radde's Warbler near Sea Palling NR12 0UX TG419252
Norfolk 2nd Winter Caspian Gull Cley NWT 18:04 on Simmond's Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Dusky Warbler Cromer on clifftop N/of lighthouse by steps to beach late a/noon NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Salhouse at Gramborough Hill late a/noon + Short-eared Owl NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk Little Bunting Thornham Point briefly Norfolk Adult Black Brant Wells at 16:20 with Dark-bellied Brent Geese off lifeboat station viewed towards East Hills NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey at 16:15 N/of Nelson Head Track NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Hemsby at Ormesby Glebe + Yellow-browed Warbler NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end in reeds 250yds W/of crosstracks at 15:20
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Trimingham + Jack Snipe NR11 8EG TG279388
Norfolk Little Bunting Brancaster mid a/noon then flew W/towards saltmarsh PE31 8AW TF772438 Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods + Ring Ouzel NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Little Bunting NNE/of Wells at East Hills briefly + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler TF925458 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB by visitor centre at 15:15 PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens mid a/noon 1 just W/of Garden Drove & 1 1/2ml W/of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437 Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Burnham Norton on salmarsh from end of sea wall at 13:15 PE31 8DS TF828441 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes N/of Totem Pole bushes mid a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens at 14:39 1/2ml W/of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437 Norfolk 4 Yellow-browed Warbler Waxham + Lapland Bunting, 2 Firecrest & Short-eared Owl NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton North Dunes mid a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 4 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB + Ring Ouzel on East Trail PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton at Daffes Pond + Lapland Bunting in North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wiveton this mrng NR25 7TG TG040434
Norfolk 2 Great Grey Shrike Horsey at 09:15 along Nelson's Head Track then 1 flew S/ + Yellow-browed Warbler near Horsey Mill NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Thornham in scrub E/of green PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery 1 in N/section & 1 in S/section NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme Dunes NNR in NWT c/pk at 11:20
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham at 11:15 in garden at 3a Curtis Lane NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in N/section NR30 1DW TG526082 Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB at 10:30 in picnic area but elusive PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Burnham Overy on freshmarsh + 2 Ring Ouzel at E/end of dunes PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens along Garden Drove showing well + Yellow-browed Warbler NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide + 3 Little Stint & Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB + 3 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436