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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.

Sunday 15th October 2017

Visual migration took place in earnest today with over 4,489 Starlings and 630 Chaffinches passing west from late morning. A Yellow-browed Warbler was also of note. On the sea 298 Brents, 11 Tufted Ducks, 200 Common Scoters, 11 Gannets and a Razorbill were seen. Waders included 24 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and 2 Snipe. Three Short-eared Owls came in off the sea during the afternoon, and 5 Jays were also counted. Also of interest were 45 Skylarks, a Lesser Whitethroat along the east bank, 12 Blackbirds, 8 Song Thrushes, 25 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher in the pines briefly, 4 Grey Wagtails west, 2 Pied Wagtails, 50 Meadow Pipits, 32 Rock Pipits, 4 Bramblings, a Redpoll and 12 Siskins.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose juv Burnham Overy still 3pm in 2nd field east of A149 layby with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant still 2.48pm 2.5mls NNE of Docking at Choseley in field SW of Choesley Farm with Pink-footed Geese TF.751.401
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Holme flew in off sea mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still 2.15pm in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Dotterel flew west over Kelling mid a'noon
Norfolk no further sign of Barred Warbler Trimingham on clifftop near pottery by 1pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Happisburgh still 2.05pm at old Coastwatch site
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant still 12.40pm c2.5mls NNE of Docking near Choseley Farm with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.410
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant between Docking +Thornham just north of Summerfield in field by road near Thornham Corner at 11.35am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton still at Low Road 50yds east of Empsons Loke at 11.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines near Joe Jordan Hide at 10.55am
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still late morning
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose still Burnham Overy in stubble field north of A149 layby with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Winterton off car park
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches flew west over Titchwell RSPB. 2.Little Stints on freshmarsh
Norfolk Barred Warbler still Trimingham on clifftop near pottery at 9.55am
Norfolk 12.Little Stints Cley NWT still +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose juv Burnham Overy still in field east of track north of A149 with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Winterton North Dunes c400yds north of totem pole mid morning
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew north past Eccles-on-Sea at 9.15am
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB in car park at 8.50am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Happisburgh still on cliff between old Coastwatch site +caravan site at 7.30am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Weybourne Camp at 8.12am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches y'day flew west over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Bittern Norwich at West Earlham over SE end of Bevan Close at 6.35am then flew NW over Earlham Marsh