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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 7th October 2018

Over 2000 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh and at sea 75 Brents, 2 Shelduck, 44 Wigeon, 82 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannets, Great Crested and Red-necked Grebe, 8 Great Skuas and a Med Gull were of interest. Four Red Kites were seen drifting west and 2 Water Rails were calling, with 230 Golden Plover along the ridge and a Barn Owl also of note. Also logged were 12 Blackcaps, 11 Redwings, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechats, 3 Rock Pipits, 95 Meadow Pipits, single Siskin, Lapland Bunting and Yellowhammer.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Point flew in off sea late a'noon
Norfolk Ortolan Bunting 1w again late a'noon 1.5mls SE of Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park tho mobile. Walk north from Horsey Gap +view only from dunes; do not enter holiday park
Norfolk 28.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey by footpath on west side of Stiffkey Fen at 3.24pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler Sheringham still 2.55pm just SE of Beeston Bump north of Nelson Road +just west of caravan park in scrub north of pit tho elusive
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy in brambles by sea wall still 3.50pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Heacham on Fenway
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Blakeney Point at west end at Far Point mid a'noon
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly Stiffkey at Campsite Wood near west end
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham north of Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham at west end of Holkham Village Estates car park at 2.40pm [heard only]
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER 1w still 2.44pm Blakeney Point in Plantation +showing well. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.997.459 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk no further sign of 1w.Ortolan Bunting 1.5mls SE of Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park in NE corner near yellow toilet block by green post.34 by mid a'noon. Walk N from Horsey Gap +view only from dunes; do not enter holiday park
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blakeney Point at Halfway House at 2.33pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy in pines at 2.27pm [heard only]
Norfolk 3.Jack Snipe Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh at 1.52pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh at Whimpwell Green (+Hawfinch)
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point in Plantation mid a'noon. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.997.459 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods in tree in NW corner of The Dell at 1.50pm
Norfolk 2.Barred Warblers Burnham Overy Dunes this a'noon: 1.by boardwalk, 1.by track to A149
Norfolk Ortolan Bunting 1w 1.5mls SE of Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park in NE corner near yellow toilet block in brambles by green post.34 at 1.50pm then flew to dunes. Walk north from Horsey Gap +view only from dunes; do not enter holiday park
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1.50pm 1.5mls SE of Waxham +just south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park tho mobile. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER 1w still 1.45pm Blakeney Point in Plantation. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.997.459 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1.5mls SE of Waxham just south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park briefly 1.15pm then flew north. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham this a'noon
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point still this a'noon near lifeboat station +Lapland Bunting
Norfolk Hawfinch Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section briefly 1.15pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler Brancaster Staithe just west of harbour by coast path in brambles 150yds west of building with scaffolding at 12.54pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still this a'noon in hawthorn in reedbed by sluice on Overy Bank +showing well
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy in brambles by junction of coast path +track to A149 early a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at west end of Campsite Wood
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Burnham Overy from bund at 12.02pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley flew south over beach car park at 11.30am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Weybourne still 12.16pm 200yds east of coastguards in bushes on clifftop
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER Blakeney Point in Plantation at 12.39pm. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.997.459 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Kelling Water Meadow in copse by 5.bar gate this morning
Norfolk Barred Warbler Horsey south of Horsey Gap car park at south end of bushes at 12.15pm
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton: 2.in North Dunes, 1.in South Dunes (+Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Cley flew east past beach car park at 11am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Sheringham still midday just SE of Beeston Bump in scrub north of Nelson Road +just west of caravan park +just SE of pit tho elusive
Norfolk 4+Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at Garden Drove
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Warham Greens at Garden Drove briefly 12.05pm
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Gorleston at north end of Warren Lane
Norfolk 3+Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section (Pied Fly in North Section)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr just east of Burnham Overy Staithe by reedbed +coast path at 11.15am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Weybourne still 11.25am 200yds east of coastguards in bushes on clifftop tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at west end late morning (Great White Egret from Joe Jordan Hide)
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Gorleston
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Hopton-on-Sea at cliffs +2.Snow Buntings
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey 2/3ml south of Horsey Hill by layby opposite red 'soft verge' sign
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell east of Gypsy Lane at 10.25am
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Gorleston at north end of Warren Lane
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Barred Warbler Sheringham just SE of Beeston Bump in scrub north of Nelson Road +just west of caravan park +just SE of pit at 10.40am tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at Garden Drove south of concrete pad late morning
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew east past West Runton at 10.37am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes just left of end of wooden boardwalk mid morning
Norfolk Barred Warbler Weybourne east of coastguards in bushes on clifftop mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still mid morning by main path west of crosstracks +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Bure Park near hole.13
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by main path 500yds east of visitor centre at 10.15am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by overflow car park mid morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods south of main track by track thru reeds at 9.50am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point in garden behind NT shed (+Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk Red breasted Fly Trimingham in trees behind church briefly
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew east past Weybourne at 10am
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels Cley NWT flew east past north end of East Bank: 1.at 9.15am, 1.at 9.42am
Norfolk Hen Harrier Stiffkey off campsite
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells on west side of Pinewoods Holiday Park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes flew west over Gun Hill at 7.17am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at 9.25am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section at 8.55am
Norfolk Spoonbill Stiffkey off campsite
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley on beach east of beach car park at 8.53am. Manx S'water flew east past Kelling Quags at 8.49am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley on beach east of beach car park at 8.53am. Manx S'water flew east past Kelling Quags at 8.49am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe west past Titchwell RSPB +male Hen Harrier flew in off sea
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at churchyard west of Yarmouth Minster
Norfolk Manx S'water flew east past Cley at 8am
Norfolk Scaup juv 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh +showing well +Jack Snipe
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Happisburgh on track to muck heap
Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Burnham Overy Dunes flew west over Gun Hill at 8am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh at 7.42am