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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.

Saturday 5th November 2016

Strong winds from the north west dominated today's bird activity, with seawatching producing a drake Eider, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 600 Common and 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmars, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 158 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe, 6 Arctic Skuas, 31 Great Skuas, 1 Little Auk, 1 Arctic Tern, 15 Kittiwakes and 5 Little Gulls. Also noted were a Short-eared Owl in off the sea and many Woodcock arriving, with at least 7 recorded either coming in or being flushed from various locations. A Jack Snipe was feeding in front of the second of the village hides, showing well at times. Waxwings continued to feed around the west end of Broadwater Road with 80+ birds recorded during the day.

Norfolk New from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear CORRECTION: Burnham Overy Dunes (not Isabelline Shrike) showing well just S/of Gun Hill at 13:05 PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 3 Pomarine Skua flew E/past Sheringham between 06:30&12:30 + 29 Little Gull, 2 Long-tailed Duck & 4 Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Pomarine Skua flew past Titchwell RSPB + Sooty Shearwater, 2 Arctic Tern, Great Northern Diver & 3 Little Gull & 3 Velvet Scoter between 11:00 & 14:00 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Black Brant Burnham Overy Staithe at 11:00 in field TF848457
Norfolk Possible Rough-legged Buzzard Reported between Choseley & Docking by road TF785409 Norfolk 68 Shorelark on saltmarsh E/of Holkham Gap at 14:00
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 13:44 NR23 1RN TF888439 Norfolk Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling Limpenhoe at 15:00 at S/end of Well Cherry Road in garden of Cherry Tree Cottage.
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew W/past Cley Beach c/pk at 12:34 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Little Auk Hunstanton + Sooty Shearwater, 34 Bonxie, Arctic Tern, Long-tailed Duck & 4 Scaup PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Cattle Egret Salthouse at the Point NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 68 Shorelark Holkham Gap at E/end of Saltmarsh Norfolk 2 Little Auk flew E/past Cley next the Sea by 08:15 + 3 Long-tailed Duck NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling Limpenhoe this mrng at S/end of Well Cherry Road in garden of Cherry Tree Cottage.
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew W/past Cley Beach c/pk at 12:34 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Little Auk Hunstanton + Sooty Shearwater, 34 Bonxie, Arctic Tern, Long-tailed Duck & 4 Scaup PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Cattle Egret Salthouse at the Point NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 68 Shorelark Holkham Gap at E/end of Saltmarsh Norfolk 2 Little Auk flew E/past Cley next the Sea by 08:15 + 3 Long-tailed Duck NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling Limpenhoe this mrng at S/end of Well Cherry Road in garden of Cherry Tree Cottage.
Norfolk Probable Rough-legged Buzzard Reported Docking flushed from roadside between here and Choseley TF785409