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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.

Sunday 22nd January 2017

The Ferruginous Duck continued to show on and off throughout the day, and on the sea 2 Scaup, 9 Eiders, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebes, and a first winter Little Gull were of note. Also recorded today were a Water Rail, a Greenshank, 2 Snipe, Barn and Tawny Owls, a Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 8 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne in field by Mill Lane NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Ferruginous Duck on Broadwater Holme NOA viewed from c'park hide late a'noon + 2 Scaup, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver & Little Gull TF717450
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew/E past c'park at Stiffkey at 16:10 NR23 1QL TF975431
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Cressingham again in pig fields
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull flew E/over Saltmarsh, Warham at 14:40 NR23 1QD TF943437 Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Haddiscoe Island mid a'noon TG457011
Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull Sidestrand again at 13:00 NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Nunnery Lakes NR + Russian White-Fronted Goose on W/side of River Little Ouse at 12:45 IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Heacham at midday at South Beach outflow PE31 7AX TF663376 Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA on Broadwater TF717450
Norfolk 4 Bean Goose Welney WWT + Glaucous Gull, 3 Great White Egret & 2 Russian White-Fronted Goose PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Thetford on SW/side off London Rd at Burrell Way on roof + Caspian Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull Overstrand at 10:30 NR27 0PF TG246410
Norfolk Probable Siberian Chiffchaff Cley NWT at 10:30 along East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley coastgurads on beach early mrng NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Sparham Pools near Field Barn Farm in hedge by Lime Kiln Road NR9 5QY TG075178
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sidestrand Walk E/along beach from Overstrand NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Bittern Martham Broad NR29 4DJ TG459202
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 20 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Firecrest in tree near visitor centre at Hickling Broad NWT at 15:00 NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk 9 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in the roost. IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 3 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum roosted by 15:00 IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 22 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on North Beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Male Black Redstart Cromer at E/end of promenade NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 1st Winter Drake Scaup Titchwell RSPB offshore at midday PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 100 Long-tailed Duck offshore at Titchwell RSPB + Scaup & 70 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk No Sign of Waxwing Hunstanton in trees opposite Tesco at 09:30 PE36 5AH TF672409 Norfolk Black Redstart Wells at 07:24 near sailing club NR23 1AR TF917437