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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 27th October 2017

Northerlies delivered relatively little in terms of ringing today with just 23 new birds and 10 recaptures including a female Blackcap, female Firecrest, and Lesser Whitethroat. On the sea a single Long-tailed Duck, 2 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Razorbills, 7 Guillemots, 26 unidentified auks, and 5 Kittiwakes. Over 2,500 Starlings passed through west during the day.

Small Copper, Wall Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Large White were all on the wing together with 5 Migrant Hawkers and 6 Common Darters.

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Norfolk Black Redstart Holkham Pines at Meals House at 2.55pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr North Creake in garden at 2.15pm
Norfolk 2.Little Stints 1/2ml NNE of Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +Curlew Sand Spotted Redshank Jack Snipe. 2.Shags Sheringham lingering offshore this morning
Norfolk 2.Little Stints 1/2ml NNE of Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +Curlew Sand Spotted Redshank Jack Snipe. 2.Shags Sheringham lingering offshore this morning
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still 1.38pm by Iron Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Snettisham Coastal Park flew south north of Crossbank at 11.50am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse by Iron Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Winterton
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels flew west past Sheringham by 11.15am (+3.Arctic Skuas 9.Bonxies)
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on tidal marsh at 11.14am
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Burnham Overy Dunes off Gun Hill at 10.29am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum