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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Monday 21st October 2019

On the sea today 80 Eiders, 100 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, 245+ Gannets, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Pom Skuas, 10 Bonxies, 3 Razorbills and 25 Kittiwakes were recorded. A Short-eared Owl was seen flying over the dunes. A Black Redstart was trapped and ringed at the Observatory and 2 Firecrests were in the car park area mid afternoon. Also of interest were 5 Barnacle Geese on the grazing marsh, 9 Little Egrets, 246 Lapwings, a Greenshank in Thornham Harbour, and 2 Stonechats, 3 Rock Pipits, 10 Bramblings and 6 Siskins flying over.

Black Redstart by Les Bunyan

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Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 9.13am
Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham Harbour car park at 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Auk Cley on sea at beach car park at 3.50pm
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills at 2.45pm (+Y-br.Wblr Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea flew in off the sea late morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Warham Greens over saltmarsh at 12.40pm
Norfolk no sign of Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on tidal marsh mid a'noon
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes on grazing marsh by path to beach at 8am +3.Great White Egrets 2.Short-eared Owls. Purple Sand Gun Hill
Norfolk Black Redstart Holme NOA this morning
Norfolk Grey Phal flew past Sheringham 9.30am-12.30pm (+6.Puffins 5.Little Gulls +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk 3.Little Auks flew past Winterton Dunes (+Little Gull)
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk possible Olive-backed Pipit Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove at 12.06pm then flew off
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Happisburgh flew north past lighthouse at 11.50am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew east past Sheringham at 9.55am
Norfolk 2.Richard's Pipits Warham Greens in pig field west of Garden Drove at 11.54am then may have flown west TF.943.434
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham +2.Pom Skuas
Norfolk reported Arctic Redpoll Thornham Harbour is a leucistic Linnet (reported Snow Bunting recently Thornham Harbour is the same leucistic Linnet)
Norfolk Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on tidal marsh at 11.23am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT on shingle east of beach car park at 11.06am
Norfolk ARCTIC REDPOLL Thornham Harbour on saltmarsh 300yds NW of car park at 10.50am with 300.Linnets
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings flew over Old Hunstanton by 9.30am +Great Northern Diver 2.Little Gulls
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Welney WWT flew over Lady Fen
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Winterton Dunes +Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide late a'noon +Great White Egret 3.Water Pipits