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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 Sunday 10th November 2019

Highlights today were 118 Common Scoters, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Auks, and a Guillemot offshore, while elsewhere 3 Golden Plover, 17 Ruff, 250 Lapwings, a female Merlin, a Peregrine, a male Firecrest (trapped and ringed), one Chiffchaff and one Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Fieldfare, 4 Stonechats, 3 Bramblings, 2 Redpolls, 6+ Siskins, a Yellowhammer near the village and a flock of 20 Snow Buntings at the Golf Course. At least 5 Twite were at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 8.Little Auks flew past Walcott by 10am
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 2.12pm Cley NWT at east end of Arnold's Marsh viewed from beach +showing well
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines still c2.10pm 100yds west of crosstracks briefly
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Cley NWT flew east over north end of East Bank at 1.40pm
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 1.40pm Cley NWT viewed from beach at east end of Arnold's Marsh (+c50.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 1.18pm Cley NWT viewed from beach at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still +Brent Goose. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Waxham +Pom Skua
Norfolk Northern Bullfinch fem Blakeney Point at plantation at 10.45am tho mobile. Also male.Hen Harrier
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 12.47pm Cley NWT c1/2ml east of East Bank on south side of Sea Pool viewed from beach tho distant
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male Happisburgh at cricket pitch tho mobile
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 12.15pm Cley NWT at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Salthouse at 10.02am
Norfolk repeat: ISABELLINE WHEATEAR Cley NWT 100yds east of end of East Bank late morning
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR Cley NWT 100yds east of end of East Bank
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Holkham on east side of Lady Anne's Drive near pool at 11.40am
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines still 300-500yds west of crosstracks at c11am tho mobile +elusive
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still on beach
Norfolk unconfirmed report of 2+Taiga Bean Geese recently Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Raven Horsey on beach 300yds SE of Nelson Head Track at 10.52am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham Harbour still +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) Gorleston-on-Sea at Warren Lane
Norfolk Grey Phal y'day Blakeney Point (+Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Waxwing Sheringham flew over garden at 7.35am then flew towards Cremers Drift
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Hickling Broad NWT