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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.

Wednesday 26th October 2016

Winds swung into the south west today with some visual migration early morning but things quickly went rather quiet. There was no further sign of the Dusky or the Pallas' Warbler, the highlight was a group of 3 Waxwings near Redwell hide, but these birds were mobile. Also of note were a Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Snipe, a Barn and a Tawny Owl, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 1200 Starlings passing westwards, 2 Fieldfares, 51 Redwings, 3+ Stonechats, 3 Bramblings, and 2 Redpolls.

Waxwing near Redwell Marsh, photo by Steve Newman

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes at W/end at 13:21 + Female Desert Wheatear PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Male Desert Wheatear Reported 2mls S/of Titchwell Choseley Drying Barns at 14:25 on wires over field near farm PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Male Desert Wheatear between Cley & Saltouse at 16:15 near E/of E/end of Sea Pool showing well
Norfolk 3 Shorelark W/over Weybourne Camp this mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 3 Caspian Gull (2 Adult + 1 1st Winter) Cley NWT this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting between Salthouse & Kelling Water Meadows at 16:00
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Muckleburgh Hill by S/path at 16:40
Norfolk Shorelark S/over Hunstanton Cliffs + 5 Lapland Bunting PE36 5AH TF672409 Norfolk 9 Shorelark Salthouse on beach NR25 7XW TG08244
3 Norfolk 2 Common Crane Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Cley NWT this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 5 Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB + Scaup & 3 Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 23 Shorelark Just W/of Holkham Gap in dunes at 16:05
Norfolk Dusky Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea at S/ end of Warren Road N/of Cliff Cottages mid-a/noon NR31 6PL TG532036 Norfolk 27 Shorelark Holkham Bay NE/of Holkham Gap this mrng NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Dusky Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea showing well on & off Warren Road at 11:55 NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 4 Shorelark Cley next the Sea on inland side of beach midway along Sea Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew over Gramborough Hill + 3 Shorelark NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk Dusky Warbler at S/end of Walsey Hills NOA tho elusive NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk Barred Warbler Hemsby behind old pill box on Kings Loke early mrng. showing well then elusive in fog NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Point still