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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 9th April 2020

A fine morning with winds swinging into the north north-east by late afternoon. A few migrants are definitely appearing now with at least 3 Sedge Warblers in song along the east bank - one doing a superb imitation of Goldfinch! A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling and 3 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Snipe, 10+ Med Gulls, 12 Avocets and a Brambling were also of note around the recording area. Two Jays were in the pines first thing and at least 7 Buzzards were counted.

In the moth traps 2 Streamers, a Hebrew Character and 2 Small Quakers were of note together with a Red Chestnut. A Speckled Wood butterfly and 3 Peacocks were also recorded.

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Norfolk Wryneck Sheringham in garden
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Firecrest Waxham at Poplar Farm in garden
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Blakeney Freshmarsh in field on south side at 10.30am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Heacham South Beach this morning +Water Pipit reported
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Aylmerton this morning then flew east towards Felbrigg Park
Norfolk Osprey flew NE over Mundford
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR still
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT +Spoonbill flew west
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Caister on west side
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still on grazing marsh viewed south from Well Road tho distant TG.395.031
Norfolk BLACK KITE 2.5mls WSW of Dereham at Scarning flew north over sewage works at 8.16am