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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 Friday 17th July 2020

A Great Spotted Cuckoo was reported flying south over the sea wall to the east of the Observatory at 7.55am but was never relocated. On the sea today 9 Teal passed offshore and 4 Eider, 130 Common Scoters, 1 Little Tern, 220 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns, 2 Med Gulls, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Curlews and a Dunlin were all noted. Also of interest were 2 Whimbrel, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, and a Ruff.

Moths were very numerous with 4 Latticed Heath, 1 Riband Wave, 18 Common Footmen, 12 Scarce Footmen, a Common Carpet, a Fern, 4 Kent Black Arches, 2 Small Scallop, 1 Small Rivulet, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 1 Common Wave, 7 Brown Tails, 11 Rustics, a Buff Ermine, 2 Lesser Cream Waves, a Dingy Footman, 2 Ruby Tigers, a Mother of Pearl, a Lappet, a Garden Tiger, a Peppered Moth, 2 Least Carpet, 1 Fen Wainscot, a Buff Tip, 2 Single Dotted Waves, a Willow Beauty, 2 Drinkers, 6 Uncertains, a Shore Wainscot, 2 Dark Arches, 2 Archers Darts, a Pine Hawk, 2 Rosy Footmen, 3 Common Rustics, a Dwarf Cream Wave, a female Oak Eggar, Large Yellow Underwing, a Pebble Hook-tip, a Spectacle, a Lyme Grass, a Silky Wainscot, a Chinese Character and a Flame.

Below: Greater Diving Beetle from the moth trap, a Lappet and a Pebble Hook-tip

15 Gatekeepers, 6 Meadow Browns, a Comma, a Speckled Wood, 4 Red Admirals and 2 Brown Argus were also seen.

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Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north over Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Thornham Harbour at 11.55am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO c1ml NW of Thornham flew over fields south of sea wall +lost to view c1/3ml WNW of harbour car park just north of sharp bend at 7.55am but no further sign