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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.

Friday 4th November 2016

A quieter day with light rain and a westerly breeze. The highlight was up to 120 Waxwings in the area between Redwell hide and Beach Road. At the Obs a Lesser Whitethroat was still along the east bank, and on the sea a Long-tailed Duck and a Slavonian Grebe were of note, with 2 Stonechats still around the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes 11:15 at Gun Hill + AD Black Brant on grazing marsh & Great White Egret PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Little Auk off Sheringham on sea at 10:10 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy from c/pk in field E/of Embankment PE31 8JJ TF853449 Norfolk Little Auk Weybourne on sea late a/noon NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling Limpenhoe till late a/noon at S/end of Well Cherry Road in garden of Cherry Tree Cottage then flew towards Cantley
Norfolk Little Auk past Holme NOA + Long-tailed Duck & Arctic Tern TF717450
Norfolk 65 Shorelark Holkham Freshmarsh + Great White Egret on freshmarsh fro Washington Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Little Auk W/past Titchwell RSPB late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Swanton Novers at 09:40 near church but no sign since TG010302 Norfolk 27 Waxwing Holt at 15:30 on Pearsons Road opposite entrance to Gresham's Prep School NR25 6SP TG082375
Norfolk 96 Waxwing Heacham South Beach PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck N/of Horsey Gap at midday NR29 4EJ TG463241
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay at 15:30 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 3 Waxwing North Creake along Wells Road near B1355 junction
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Sheringham on Child's Way at 13:35 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Female/Immature Black Redstart Tivetshall St.Mary 13:30 at Owls Barn
Norfolk 6 Waxwing Burnham Overy Staithe in bushes E/of S/end of sea wall early a/noon TF848457 Norfolk 120 Waxwing Holme Dunes NNR at 12:15 along entrance track
Norfolk 8 Waxwing W/over Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Black-necked Grebe Snettisham RSPB on southern pit TF650328
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich at 11:30 in Rowan at junction of Stafford Street & Connaught Road NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 80 Waxwing Heacham South Beach at 11:10 behind chalets PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk 40 Waxwing S/over Snettisham Village 11:15 TF650328
Norfolk 20 Waxwing Cley next the Sea at 11:20 on Church Lane then flew NNW NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 40 Waxwing Snettisham Coastal Park at 11:00 then flew S/ TF648335
Norfolk 40 Waxwing Hunstanton over Princess Drive towards Heacham PE36 5AH TF672409 Norfolk 3 Scaup N/past Snettisham Coastal Park at 09:15 TF648335
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Wells Woods early mrng + Common Crossbill by c/pk NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk 15 Waxwing Burnham Overy Staithe in hedge by A149 TF848457
Norfolk 4 Waxwing Langham 07:15 in garden at St.Mary's
Norfolk 75 Waxwing S/over Hunstanton at 08:25 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Warham Greens NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Weybourne off beach c/pk then flew W/ NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 4 White-fronted Goose Titchwell RSPB in maize field by access road + 5 Pink-footed Goose with Greylag Geese at 07:15 PE31 8BB TF759436