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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.

Thursday 13th October 2016

An excellent day for migration with a bigger variety of species noted today. On the sea one Eider, 200 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver and 7 Gannets were recorded. Three Water Rails and a Woodcock were seen, and 2 Tawny and 2 Barn Owls were present. Goldcrests continued to arrive with over 250 counted, and 2 Firecrests trapped and ringed at the Observatory during the morning. Also of note were 2 Bearded Tits, 2 Swallows, 2+ Cetti's Warblers, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, a Reed Warbler, 3+ Ring Ouzels, a Fieldfare, 20 Blackbirds, 30 Song Thrushes, 80+ Redwings, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 300+ Robins, 2 Stonechats, a Rock Pipit, 26 Bramblings, 15 Redpolls, 10 Siskins, a Lapland Bunting and 15 Reed Buntings counted during the day.

Ringing totals were 178 new birds of 18 species including 76 Robins, 54 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests, 3 Redpolls, and 2 Bearded Tits.

One of several Redwing trapped and ringed - Holme Bird Obs, October 2016
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods at 16:30 near W/end of Beach Huts NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods early a/noon at SW/end of Drinking Pool 50yds N/of main track NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham Park NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood NR23 1QF TF964439
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT late a/noon + Short-eared Owl NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Dunes on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 3 Caspian Gull (2 Adult + 1 2nd Winter) Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods 13:00 at W/end of Dell NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NOA + Lapland Bunting & 3 Ring Ouzel TF717450 Norfolk Richard's Pipit Scolt Head Island NNR in dunes at E/end early a/noon + Lapland Bunting, 2 Ring Ouzel, Redstart & 2 Mealy Redpoll PE31 8DS TF821459
Norfolk Adult Glaucous Gull Reported Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 07:45 then flew W/ PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT in Eye Fieldat 17:15 with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 8 Lapland Bunting NNE/of Wells at East Hills this mrng + Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest & Possible Lesser Whitethroat (eastern form) TF925458
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines at 15:55 at Meals House with tit flock but mobile
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT from Lyle Hide & Friends Hide PE14 9TN TL548946 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy Dunes in dunes S/of fence 200yds E/f boardwalk at 14:00 PE31 8JJ TF879455 Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Happisburgh on W/side off muck heap by old coastguard lookout at 13:00 NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk 4 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines between Lady Anne's Drive & W/end this a/noon Norfolk Dusky Warbler Weybourne at 11:10 by mound but elusive + Yellow-browed Warbler in sycamores & 2 Mealy Redpoll S/of mound NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey Campsite Wood 11:55 at E/end NR23 1QF TF964439
Norfolk Probable Richard's Pipit Salthouse S/of Gramborough Hill but mobile NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Wells in brambles on footpath by 1st farm track E/on on A149 at 10:15 NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Thornham Point but mobile Norfolk 2 Shorelark Great Yarmouth at North Denes late mrng but mobile + 2 Lapland Bunting, Ring Ouzel & Mealy Redpoll
Norfolk 17 Common Crane Welney WWT between main hide & Lyle Hide late mrng PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Staithe at 11:00 E/of c/pk
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines 200yds W/of N/end of Lady Anne's Drive at 11:23 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler King's Lynn in town centre at Hodpital Walk PE30 2QA TF631204 Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy in hawthorn 200yds NE/of c/pk PE31 8JJ TF853449 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens 10:20 at N/end of Garden Drove + Merlin over NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Dusky Warbler E/of Cromer at 09:30 at W/end of golf course, on clifftop slope 200yds NNE/of lighthouse near fenced off area NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Warham Greens at end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437