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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 Monday 6th July 2020

A mixed day of sunshine and showers, with a strong breeze easing during the day. A Common Tern flew along the edge of the Broadwater carrying a fish, and a Whimbrel flew over calling early afternoon. A total of 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers were counted around the recording area and at least 4 Stonechats were of note, with a family of Pied Wagtails sitting on the NOA truck and 2 Bullfinches at the east end of the village.

The first Gatekeepers were out today, with 2 recorded at the Obs and 5 Ringlets, 12 Meadow Browns, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Small Whites, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Comma and 2 Small Skipper sp.

In the moth traps 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, a Common Rustic, a Flame Shoulder, a Buff Tip, 3 Common Footmen, a Silver Y, 2 Pebble Prominents, 5 Large Yellow Underwings, a Clay, a Heart & Club, 4 Uncertains, 2 Dark Arches and a Heart & Dart were caught.

A beautifully stripey Woodpigeon was about on the reserve today, and below that a beautifully stripey Archer's Dart moth!

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Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 12.50pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant +elusive (+Spoonbill. 14.Crossbills briefly in bushes by road then flew west)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk BLACK KITE Hopton-on-Sea flew south past cliffs at c12.10pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich at Castle Meadow Gardens late morning
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 11.30am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at c11.45am +4.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT still 6.45am then drifted east
Norfolk Hoopoe y'day Weybourne in garden early morning only [trailcam images]
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (1.ad) Salthouse east of Beach Road at 8.50am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant