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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 8th Octoer 2017

A productive day with plenty of migrants around, highlights included 1200 Pink-feet, 85 Brents, 24 Shelduck, 350 Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 36 Common Scoters offshore, 1 Red-throated Diver, 51 Gannets, Barn and Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, 20 Goldcrests in the pines, a large tit flock including 15 Long-tailed Tits, and 6+ Bearded Tits in the reedbeds. A Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings, 8 Song Thrushes, a Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipits, 12 Bramblings and 30 Reed Buntings also passed through.

Ringing took place all day with 64 new birds and 22 retraps caught during the day, including 17 Reed Buntings, 9 Meadow Pipits, 5 Bearded Tits, a Rock Pipit and a Brambling.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines in sycamores at west end just before dunes at 3.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey Campsite Wood
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell on Gypsy Lane at 2.40pm +Firecrest 2.Spoonbills 1w.Pied Fly Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by Meals House. 3.Great White Egrets still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew west past Sidestrand
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery in North Section with tit flock at 1.05pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at west end at 12.40pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 12.40pm
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Hall still 11.15am in dead tree towards north end of lake viewable from east side +Great White Egret still at south end
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still late morning east of north end of East Bank on pool just south of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Waxham flew in off sea at 11.40am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end at 11.20am with tit flock
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER flew west past Blakeney Point mid morning (+Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still late morning Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cawston Heath at 9.45am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB along East Trail mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe in garden briefly 10.10am
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 10.05am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv still Heacham on wires south of Beach Road briefly 9.40am then flew south
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Hall still in dead tree by lake viewable from east side mid morning +Great White Egret at south end
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) Kelling Hard near bunker in field by footpath
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide at 8.50am
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still east of north end of East Bank on pool just south of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham RSPB from Rotary Hide at 8.35am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow