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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.

Sunday 9th October 2016

With patchy showers passing throughout the day, migration was rather slower today with 67 birds ringed including 4 Bearded Tits and 37 Goldcrests. Robins were noticeably fewer but many remained around the Observatory and a female Brambling was also present. At sea 250 Common Scoters, 63 Gannets, a Great Skua and a Spoonbill passing offshore were all of interest, 3 Swallows were still lingering, as was a Reed Warbler, and a Ring Ouzel was seen briefly.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Possible Thrush Nightingale Reported Holkham Pines at W/end is a Nightingale
Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Possible Lesser Grey Shrike Hempstead Norfolk Siberian Stonechat Thornham Point at 17:35 in suaeda 400yds SSE/of block house
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell Village on Gypsy Lane PE31 8BB TF758437
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Horsey Mill E/of c/pk
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey N/of Nelson Head Track NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 8 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Happisburgh on dung heap NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell Village at ChalkPit Lane PE31 8BB TF758437
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB this a/noon + 2 Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines late a/noon + Pied Flycatcher
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk 7 Yellow-browed Warbler Hemsby + Jack Snipe NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Spoonbill past Holme Dunes NNR
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler NW/of Stiffkey late a/noon Campsite Wood NR23 1QL TF975431
Norfolk 14 Common Crane Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Honey Buzzard W/over Kelling at 16:00 NR25 7ED TG095436
Norfolk 2 Pallas's Warbler Waxham Sands Holiday Park mid a/noon near Shangi-La Chalet shwing well NR29 4EJ
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea at N/end of Warren Lane at 15:15 NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB mid a/noon near visitor centre + Redstart on East Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT in Eye Field + 11 White-fronted Goose till 14:35 then flew SE/, Black-throated Diver past W/ & Scaup past E/ NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy Dunes from road mid a/noon then flew along hedge towards farm building PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Thornham in village this a/noon + 2 Ring Ouzel, Spoonbill on saltmarsh & Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster at Branodunum PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Felbrigg Hall NT at 14:00, 2 at W/end of meadow W/of lake & 1 at S/lake NR11 8PR
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Eccles-on-Sea at Eccles Beach Caravan Park by entrance at 12:30 NR12 0SE TG404293
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton this mrng + Common Crossbill NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Deepdale in churchyard PE31 8FB TF803442
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section near Kitchener Road NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham 200yds S/of Shangri-La chalet NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines at 13:00 in reeds 250yds W/of crosstracks, S/of footpath Norfolk Juvenile Sabine's Gull flew E/past Weybourne late mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point at Friary Hills NT by office at 11:30 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk No Sign of Red-breasted Flycatcher Warham Greens at N/end of Garden Drove + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler on site. NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point at 11:25 at Halfway House NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point at 11:10 at Halfway House NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Sabine's Gull flew E/past Kelling at 11:00 NR25 7ED TG095436
Norfolk Dusky Warbler WE/of Cromer at W/end of gold course at on clifftop slope 200yds NE/of lighthouse in fenced off area at 10:05 NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Hemsby + 2 Ring Ouzel & Redstart NR29 4JG TG506172 Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler East Somerton
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB mid mrng on meadow trail + Little Stint on Volunteer Marsh & Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Sabine's Gull flew E/past Cley next the Sea at 10:40 + Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Waxham NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines briefly at 10:10 250yds W/of crosstracks s/of f/p.
Norfolk Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB just N/of Island Hide PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood at 08:45 + Yellow-browed Warbler & Pied Flycatcher NR23 1QF TF964439
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton North Dunes in copse by entrance NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew S/over Thornham Point
Norfolk Little Bunting Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB this mrng PE31 8BB TF759436