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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.

Tuesday 16th October 2108

The highlight today was a first year Common Rosefinch trapped and ringed early morning, a Yellow-browed Warbler was on the reserve with a second by the NWT pay hut. The flock of Shorelark flock also increased to twelve birds. Visible migration was evident for most of the morning with the largest counts of over 3,000 of Starlings 1200 Redwings, 120 Siskin. Other highlights included a flyover over flock of 23 Crossbills, a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Short-eared Owl.
1st year Common Rosefinch.
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Norfolk no further sign of probable Two-barred Greenish Warbler Holkham Pines c1ml west of north end of Lady Anne's Drive 100yds north of crosstracks by 1.50pm (but 2.Y-br.Wblrs. Y-br.Wblr 300yds west of crosstracks) cTF.875.452
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Happisburgh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump in trees by dirt track at 1.25pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey on saltmarsh still +juv.Spoonbill flew east at 1.10pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew west over Beeston Bump
Norfolk probable Two-barred Greenish Warbler again 1pm Holkham Pines c1ml west of north end of Lady Anne's Drive 100yds north of crosstracks cTF.875.452
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Winterton South Dunes in willow below garden north of Eva's Lookout at 11.25am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Harbour on fence west of car park
Norfolk no further sign of reported Two-barred Greenish Warbler Holkham Pines near crosstracks by 12.40pm
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Blakeney Point at lifeboat station gardenNorfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end early a'noon
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth Hempstead-by-Holt trapped last night +Spoladea recurvalis moth
Norfolk Pied Fly Stiffkey at Campsite Wood
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Two-barred Greenish Warbler Holkham Pines near crosstracks
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Holme NOA
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Wells Woods
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Warham Greens just west of Warham Pit flew inland at 11am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT in pines by entrance hut late morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens in Warham Pit at 10.45am
Norfolk Hawfinch between Hunstanton +Holme
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme Dunes NWT still on beach by golf course mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Salthouse in scrub opposite Iron Road mid morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at Garden Drove still north of concrete pad at 10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells along footpath by Pinewoods Caravan Park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy 200yds north of A149 along track to dunes mid morning cTF.852.440
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Holme NOA trapped +ringed
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Old Hunstanton in pines by The Ancient Mariner Inn