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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.

Monday 3rd October 2016

Another relatively interesting day with clear skies and light winds shifting from the north round to the east in the afternoon. Obvious highlights were at least 4 Yellow-browed Warblers (with two ringed) and the two Richard's Pipits again along the Broadwater and marsh to the south of the Observatory.

Yellow-browed Warbler in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, October 2016 © David Bratt

A Great Grey Shrike was picked up in the afternoon to the west of the reserve, seen at Redwell Marsh and in the paddocks. Other interest included 25 Bramblings, 2 Siskins, 6 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Whinchats along Thornham bank, one each of Redwing and Rock Pipit and two Bearded Tits at the east end of the Broadwater.

Wader counts included 400 Oystercatchers, 6 Grey Plovers, 34 Ringed Plovers, 58 Curlews, 220 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 9 Sanderlings, 5 Dunlins and a Greenshank whilst on the sea 750 Common Scoters were counted with a single Velvet Scoter also noted. Black-throated Diver was recorded as were 4 Red-throated and 13 Great Crested Grebes.

Two Wall Browns were of note near the pond.

Young male Brambling - Holme Bird Obs, October 2016 © David Bratt

Norfolk News from Birdnet

Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh late a/noon + 2 Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton/Hensby + Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 17 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point + Short-eared Owl NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common at 16:30 on E/side of pillbox NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR in paddocks + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler trapped & ringed
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 15:50 in trees at rear of feeding station viewed from main path to beach PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Richard's Pipit Holme NOA at 15:30 in flight over grazing marsh S/of Broadwater TF717450
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler UEA Broad with tit flock in wood by security lodge
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point in dunes by track between plantation & Yankee Ridge at 14:05 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common at 13:10 in SE/corner NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler South Creake at 12:30by footpath S/of Leicester Meadows
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk 9 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines this mrng (not Wells Woods)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach then flew W/over Thornham Harbour PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB mid mrng from Parrinder Hide + Snow Bunting at Thornham Point PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Hall Park on lake on dam opposite hall at 09:45
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NOA TF717450
Norfolk Juvenile Sabine's Gull Reported W/past Sheringham at 08:35 + Sooty Shearwater past E/ & Great Northern Diver NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NOA by heligoland trap TF717450
Norfolk Grey Phalarope Breydon Water till 09:10 at E/end N/of lumps then flew N/ NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation at 08:55 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe in garden showing well
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB in c/pk PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Probable Ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Harbour flew to roost at 18:30 TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Hawfinch Walsey Hills NOA by Snipe's Marsh then flew towards Foreland Wood NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk 2 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB + Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Female/Immature Black Redstart Warham Greens along Eastern Drove at 07:20 NR23 1QD TF943437