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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 Thursday 24th October 2019

A foggy start with rain in the afternoon, a spectacular migration of Starlings was taking place with over 14,000 counted over the grazing marshes later morning. Two Goldeneye were on the Broadwater and at sea 12+ Gannets and 2 Great Crested Grebes were seen. Three Water Rails were calling, and a Chiffchaff was near the Heligoland trap. A Blackcap was in the scrub and 6 Song Thrushes, 70 Redwings, 35 Blackbirds, 20 Robins, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 6 Rock Pipits, 10 Bramblings, 25 Siskin and 18 Reed Buntings were counted.

In the moth trap The Streak was a moth of note, together with a Mallow, Large Yellow Underwing, 7 Large Wainscots, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Beaded Chestnut and a Common Plume.

Goldeneye on the Broadwater and The Streak caught in the moth trap today.

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Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 1.33pm just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point tho elusive
Norfolk Jack Snipe Kelling Quags flew from by track at north end of pool
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB between car park +visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich on roof of 47.Waldeck Road
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still by Island Hide
Norfolk Black Redstart Stiffkey from footpath midway along Campsite Wood on roof of black cabin
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at south end of Walsey Hills NOA at 11.05am
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 11.10am just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point tho elusive
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley off beach car park. Velvet Scoter flew west at 10.02am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham north of Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Black Redstart Thornham Harbour still at coal barn +Twite still. Ring Ouzel by approach road
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton on sea at cafe
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point
Norfolk Snow Bunting Brancaster on beach near sea defence works