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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.

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Favourable winds, becoming increasingly stronger from the East, produced the hoped birds with a further two new Yellow-browed Warblers trapped plus the last one ringed yesterday re-trapped. The Great Grey Shrike was still near the paddocks, though seemingly only briefly early morning and a Richards Pipit was reported again early morning on the eastern edge of the grazing marsh. The highlight today though was the arrival of thrushes, mainly Song Thrush with birds seen arriving all day off  the sea. At least one Ring Ouzel was also seen and at least fifteen Mistle Thrushes were counted. Other noteworthy birds included a Velvet Scoter, two Manx Shearwater, two Bonxies, Greenshank, Snow Bunting, Pied Flycatcher and Garden Warbler.

At least two Yellow-browed Warblers were present at Walsey Hills with Firecrest also heard in the willows. Song Thrushes and Redwings were very much in evidence and an exhausted Ring Ouzel dropped in to the willows early evening to roost.

Newly arrived Song Thrush, note the grey head! - Holme Bird Obs - October 2016

Redwing - Holme Bird Obs, October 2016