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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.

Saturday 8th October 2016

Another busy day but with less in the way of new arrivals, nearby reports of the Black-browed Albatross passing offshore at Scolt Head caused some excitement, but the bird was not found. However 40 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 750+ Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 49 Gannets, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pom Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, a Sandwich Tern, 2 Puffins and a Razorbill were all seen at sea, with a Med Gull also noted. A Woodcock was in the pines, 3 Swallows were still hanging on around the Broadwater Hide, at least 3 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the recording area including one ringed on the 3rd which had gained almost a gram in weight over the 5 days! A Sedge Warbler trapped and ringed was extraordinarily late for the time of year, and a Lapland Bunting flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Immature Black-browed Albatross flew/N past Hunstanton flew W/past old lighthouse at 16:20 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Immature Black-browed Albatross Scolt Head Island NNR offshore between 14:50 & 15:00 then flew/W towards Titchwell & no further sign PE31 8DS TF821459
Norfolk Possible Thrush Nightingale Reported Holkham Pines at 15:00 briefly at w/end in brambles Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point + Ring Ouzel & Redstart NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at 17:00 near Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea between here & Hopton-on -Sea at Warren Road NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods minimum this evng NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew E/past Sheringham at 17:45 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Holme-next-the Sea + Lapland Bunting TF717450
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton North Dunes in willows by entrance NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common this a/noon NR26 8RX TG165425 Norfolk 5 Yellow-browed Warbler Hickling Broad NWT late a/noon + Scaup NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk Dusky Warbler Cromer at 15:45 at W/end of golf course on clifftop slope 200yds NNE/of lighthouse, but elusive. + Yellow-browed Warbler NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington hide 15:30 NR23 1RN TF888439 Norfolk 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens at N/end of Garden Drove in copse at 12:45 NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood mid a/noon but elusive NR23 1QF TF964439 Norfolk Dotterel Titchwell RSPB at 11:15 in field E/of church (heard only) PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Winterton South Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at 14:53 with Goldcrests NR23 1QF TF964439 Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines in reeds 250yds W/of crosstracks s/of f/p at 14:10 but elusive
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery at 14:30 NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk Dusky Warbler Cromer on clifftop N/of lighthouse at 14:35 but elusive NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens at 14:00 in wood at end of Garden Drove + Yellow-browed Warbler, Spoonbill, 9 Ring Ouzel & Firecrest NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at 09:00 + 4 Ring Ouzel & Redstart NR23 1QF TF964439
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell Village at Chalkpit Road this mrng PE31 8BB TF758437 Norfolk Little Bunting Blakeney Point at 14:10 in plantation then flew SE NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy at 13:00 but distant + Ring Ouzel flew from dunes at 14:11 PE31 8JJ TF853449 Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens at 13:00 in small wood at end of Garden Drove + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Horsey Horsey Corner in garden + Ring Ouzel NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth near Asda gates NR30 1EB TG531078 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Hickling Broad NWT near Stubb Mill + Ring Ouzel NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk 12 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines + Siberian Chiffchaff
Norfolk Dusky Warbler Cromer late mrng on clifftop NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew S/over Burnham Overy Staithe at 11:10
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew S/over Burnham Overy Staithe at 11:10
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Reported Northrepps in a garden NR27 0AA TG246393
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Reported Northrepps in a garden NR27 0AA TG246393
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth + Ring Ouzel & Firecrest NR30 1EB TG531078 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB by main office + No Sign of Red-breasted Flycatcher late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Possible Radde's Warbler Reported Thornham Harbour in brambles on W/side of road at end of 1st field in flight briefly TF728441 TF728441 Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens at 08:43 in small wood at end of Garden Drove + 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Ring Ouzel & Jack Snipe NR23 1QD TF943437 Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB on access road but mobile & elusive + Pied Flycatcher PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods + Ring Ouzel NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton-on-Sea at 07:48 N/of totem pole briefly & no further sign Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens along coast path NR23 1QD TF943437 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Hickling Broad NWT in v/c c/pk NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk 2 Pomarine Skua flew past Holme NWT in 2 hours + 2 Puffin & 3 Shag TF715449 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Thornham at W/end of The Green PE36 6NZ TF737438 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells in the churchyard + Ring Ouzel & Pied Flycatcher NR23 1AR TF917437 Norfolk 4 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines in reeds W/of crosstracks + 5 Yellow-browed Warbler between Lady Anne's Drive & 250yds W/of crosstracks TF873452 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Thornham just E/of drove orchards PE36 6NZ TF737438 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster W/of Beach Road at Broad Lane + Ring Ouzel & Short-eared Owl PE31 8AW TF772438 Norfolk Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 08:19 showing well N/of Island Hide from f/p PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods near lake with tit flock NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at 07:44 just E/of Meals House at 07:44 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy in fields W/of f/p between coast & A149 at 07:23 PE31 8JJ TF853449