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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 Monday 28th October 2019

An excellent day's migration with highlights including an Eider, 80 Common Scoters, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 130 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Pom Skuas, 1 Bonxie, 2 Guillemots, 4 Kittiwakes and 7 Little Gulls on the sea, a ring-tail Hen Harrier over the grazing marsh and a juvenile female Merlin trapped, a Peregrine, 3+ Woodcock, 3+ Water Rails, 5 Cetti's Warblers, a Blackcap, 20+ Fieldfares, 29 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 5 Stonechats, 4 Rock Pipits, 228 Linnets and 6 Twite at Thornham, and a Mealy Redpoll ringed.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

 
First year Merlin and Woodcock both caught during ringing at HBO today
Photos by Cat Buck
 
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Norfolk no further sign of possible Pom Skua pale morph Burnham Overy Staithe in field this a'noon
Norfolk Little Auk flew SE past Waxham at 4pm then landed on sea
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey Marshes agan flew east as viewed from campsite at 3.30pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey Marshes again flew east as viewed from campiste at 2.50pm
Norfolk possible Pom Skua pale morph Burnham Overy Staithe in field
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by Meals House briefly c2.25pm
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west past coastguards at 1.41pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk Snow Bunting Waxham still +4.Long-tailed Ducks flew north
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Cley NWT 7.15-10.30am (+Red-necked Grebe 8.Little Gulls 2.Puffins 6.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Purple Sand Cley at beach car park on wreck at 12.44pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich at Riverside Leisure Centre car park at c12.20pm tho elusive
Norfolk Puffin flew past Cley 8.50-10.30am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley at coastguards flew east along shingle
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT +Cattle Egret still from main observatory. Also Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Snow Bunting Runham at Runham Vauxhall Fields
Norfolk Little Auk NE of Salthouse flew east past Gramborough Hill at 10.35am
Norfolk Hawfinch flew SW over Upton Marshes NWT at 7.50am
Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew west over Stafford Street at c7.15am then appeared to land in Earlham Cemetery
Norfolk Little Auk Cley still on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Clippesby flew to field north of Oby Road