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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.

Monday 2nd January 2017

A drake Ferruginous Duck was on the Broadwater today although it was frequently out of view. Two Bearded Tits and a Cetti's Warbler were of note in the reeds and on the grazing marsh 3 Barnacle Geese were with Pink-feet south of the river Hun. On the sea a single Long-tailed Duck, 500 Common Scoters, a Velvet Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, 9 Gannets and 3 Great Skuas were recorded. Five Lapland Buntings were on the beach near the Golf Course.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
 Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Reported 1.5mls SSE/of Titchwell S/of Choseley Drying Barns was a Common Buzzard PE31 8PQ TF757420
 Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 15:45 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT from Cadbury Hide late a/noon + Male Hen Harrier Stubb Mill late a/noon & 4 Common Crane NR12 0BW TG429221
 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Salthouse at 14:20 NR25 7XW TG082443
 Norfolk 6 Taiga Bean Goose Waxham at 13:05 by sharp bend with Pink-footed Geese NR12 0DZ TG440261
 Norfolk 15 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway early a/noon NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Snettisham Coastal Park 1ml N/of c/pk ay 14:20 then flew S/ TF648335 Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull past Cley Beach c/pk + Velvet Scoter & 2 Great Northern Diver NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Titchwell RSPB on beach W/of main path at 12:56 PE31 8BB TF759436
 Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA early a/noon on Broadwater, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham TF717450
 Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate E/of village S/of Stone Road at 12:25 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at 12:20 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose near Reedham at Freetthorpe till 11:55 then flew off with Pink-footed Geese Norfolk 5 Lapland Bunting Holme-next-the Sea by path across golf course at 11:40 TF717450 Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose Horsey Corner with Pink-footed Geese + Velvet Scoter off Horsey Gap NR29 4EP TG477228
 Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull past Sheringham + Black-throated Diver & Great Northern Diver NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Salthouse 11:30 on pool at end Beach Road NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk 26 Shorelark Holkham Bay at 09:30 on saltmarsh 500yds E/of Holkham Gap NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water 10:35 at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull W/past Cley Beach c/pk at 10:28 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from A149 NR23 1RN TF888439 Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs Norfolk Great White Egret Lynford GP
Norfolk Possible Black Brant W/past Titchwell RSPB with 6 Dark-bellied Brent Geese PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from station platform NR13 4HW TG351056
 Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes E/of village S/of Stone Road