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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.

Saturday 22nd October 2016

A productive day ringing wise with 48 birds of nine species caught which included a Lesser Whitethroat ( following on from another one caught yesterday), single Mealy and Lesser Redpolls and Rock Pipit. Birds of note included several Waxwings with several ones and twos seen over the Obs and a flock of at least six on the NWT reserve. A Common Scoter was on the Broadwater, a Short-eared Owl over the grazing marsh, a juvenile Peregrine seen early morning plus two over flying Crossbills. A Dusky Warbler was a good find though elusive at times, in bushes along a section of the River Hun with a Yellow-browed Warbler present in the same area.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes 400 yds W/of N/end boardwalk again late a'noon PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes over dunes W/of boardwalk at Gun Hill again at 17:35 PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes 400 yds W/of N/end boardwalk again at 14:40 + Pallas's Warbler, No Sign of Barred Warbler, No Sign of Waxwing & Shorelark showing well on boardwalk PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk No Sign of Red-flanked Bluetail East Hills TF925458
Norfolk Siberian Stonechat Blakeney Point in dunes just NE/of plantation NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Hickling Broad NWT by main c'park + 3 Water Pipit NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk Little Auk Wells off East Hills NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Sidestrand early a'noon + Mealy Redpoll & Short-eared Owl NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Dusky Warbler on farmland with no general access Sea Palling\Eccles NR12 0UX TG419252
Norfolk 2 Shorelark Thornham Point Norfolk Little Auk Burnham Overy flew W/along shore late a'noon + Short-eared Owl off sea wall early evng PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh late mrng NR23 1RN TF888439 Norfolk Black Brant Reported Burnham Overy S/of path 300 yds E/of harbour car park (is a hybrid) PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster Staithe 100yds W/of Harbour Road this a'noon PE31 8BJ TF794442 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Buxton Heath this a'noon Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Staithe flew along dead elders by clump of bushes W/of boardwalk
Norfolk Dusky Warbler Walsey Hills NOA at 13:13 at s/end showing well on & off NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk Dusky Warbler Holme late mrng. Park at beach c/pk & walk back to NOA to join f/p E/along river for c200yds to view bushes + Yellow-browed Warbler TF715449
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at 12:44 300yds E/of brick house + 3 Waxwing PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes E/of boardwalk near barbed wire fence PE31 8JJ TF879455 Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Burnham Overy + Water Pipit on Brancaster golf course practise green PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk No Further Sign of Shorelark Titchwell RSPB on beach e/of main path PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Barred Warbler Hemsby at 09:35 in bushes behind bins by entrance to touring & tent site at Long Beach Caravan Park NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh at 09:25 by River Yare
Norfolk Shorelark Titchwell RSPB on beach e/of main path PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in tree viewed from f/p near Tower Hide at 09:17 NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 2 Little Auk flew past Cley next the Sea at 09:00 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk No Further Sign of Great Grey Shrike W/of Norwich by 08:30 at UEA just N/of Colney Lane E/of hospital roundabout at Lusty Hills NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Hickling Broad NWT on f/p from Eastfield Road NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk Shorelark Burnham Overy just s/of dunes on path at 07:35 PE31 8JJ TF857454