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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 23rd March 2019

Highlights on the sea today were 16 Eiders, 38 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Northern Divers, and 1 Red-necked Grebe. A Little Ringed Plover was on the NWT pools together with a single Ruff, and two Barn Owls were hunting, with a kettle of 12 Buzzards up along the ridge. A male Firecrest was trapped and ringed, with 3 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, a single Wheatear on the grazing marsh, and over the Obs a single Brambling, 2 Redpolls and 3 Siskins, a Yellowhammer, and along the sea wall towards Thornham a Water Pipit was showing well near the compound.

Male Firecrest in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019

Four Sand Martins were seen at Redwell Marsh, and in the moth traps 16 Hebrew Characters, 2 Dotted Borders, 4 Shoulder-Stripe, 13 Small Quakers, 2 Common Quakers, 2 Pine Beauties, and 2 Red Chestnuts were recorded.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT from Friends Hide at 3.37pm (drk.Scaup still from Lyle Hide)
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth still by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 3.05pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Rockland Broad still on marsh on east side this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk no news on Rough-legged Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT since 11am
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Great White Egret Spoonbill Cattle Egret)
Norfolk no further sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track
Norfolk 2.Firecrests Walsey Hills NOA at south end
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv over Calthorpe Broad at 11.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew north over Brograve Levels at 11.30am then circled north c1ml inland of Waxham at 11.45am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 11am over opposite fields
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track (Firecrest in SE corner of The Dell in yew)
Norfolk 12.Velvet Scoters Burnham Overy off Gun Hill at 9.53am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Breydon Water again flew north at 10.44am
Norfolk/ Suffolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew towards Belton at 10.22am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB 100yds south of Rotary Hide viewed from opposite side of scrape at 10.11am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins at 9.40am NR21 9GN
Norfolk no news on Little Bunting Weybourne Camp (no news on any further access). Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Waveney Forest at 9.42am
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in Low Road paddocks at 8.55am
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Breydon Water then south over Burgh Castle at 9.40am
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey still 9.17am then flew towards Winterton
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley off coastguards at 8.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey again on seaward side of Horsey Mill at 8.56am
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey near Horsey Mill
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey on seaward side of road near Horsey Mill
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +12.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w y'day still Blakeney in Langham Road garden then taken by Sparrowhawk
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea +7.Great Northern Divers Slav Grebe
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 7.15am
Norfolk 8.Tundra Bean Geese y'day still Welney WWT north of Friends Hide at 2.30pm (drk.Scaup from Lyle Hide at 3.30pm +showing well. Great White Egret at Lady Fen at 2pm. 2.Cattle Egrets south of Bank Farm at Hundred Foot dam at 1.30pm)