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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 31st May 2020

Another lovely sunny day with a brisk east-north-east wind. On the sea today 5 Eider flew close inshore, 2 adult Gannets, 12 Little Terns, 63 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns were counted. At least 2 Cuckoos were calling, and a movement of 30+ Sand Martins east was noted during the afternoon. Also seen were 6 Swallows, 13 House Martins, 2+ Cetti's Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats and a Bullfinch.

In the moth traps 18 Cinnabars, a Willow Beauty, 2 Sand Darts, a Freyer's Pug, Green Carpet, Small Waved Umber, Smoky Wainscot, White Point, Vine's Rustic, Mottled Rustic, Heart & Dart, Brown Rustic, Flame Shoulder and a Treble Lines were caught.

Below: Willow Beauty and White Point

Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood. Azure and Large Red Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Hairy Hawker and 2 Black-tailed Skimmers were also seen during the day.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse Heath early a'noon
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) Horsey in flight SW of Horsey Mill at 2.05pm
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ad still 12.32pm 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall flew north along Bayfield Lake. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ad still 11.30am 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall midway along lake opposite chapel +showing well. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk possible Bonaparte's Gull 1s Buckenham Marshes RSPB then flew over River Yare
Norfolk Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT still from path to Stubb Mill
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON ad.fem Hickling Broad NWT still 7.30am
Norfolk Hoopoe West Runton flew SE over paddocks at Water Lane at 6.30am
Norfolk Quail male singing south of Bawburgh in field at 2am
Norfolk Hoopoe Sheringham flew SW over west end of golf course towards Weybourne at 7am