Holme Bird Observatory (Header)

This is a polite reminder to all our members that our subscription rates have increased from 1st January. If you pay by standing order and have not yet done so, please amend your standing order to the new rate. More details can be found here. We are small charity reliant on the generosity of our supporters through membership subscriptions and donations. Why not become a member. For a minimum of £25 you can get all the benefits of being a member of the NOA. Just click the button on the right below. Or, if you would like to support us with a donation, it is very easy to do through our portal at VirginMoneyGiving. Just click the button on the right to go to our dedicated page. Thank you.


Further to the announcement of a Tier 4 (Stay at home) lockdown in Norfolk, the NOA has closed all hides on its nature reserves. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit.

We are very grateful for your understanding and support.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 22nd December 2019

Overall a drier day, with waders on the marsh including 18 Black-tailed Godwits and 150 Golden Plover. Three White-fronted Geese were south of the Hun mid afternoon. A male Blackcap was in front of the Richardson Hide, 12 Fieldfares were at the back of Drove Orchards and a Cetti's Warbler was near the Broadwater. A Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the grazing marsh mid afternoon.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
For all this news, in the field as it happens, subscribe to Rare Bird Alert for as little as 14p per day
Norfolk Waxwing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 1.30pm along sandy path
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate still just east of village by sharp bend
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 11.46am
Norfolk 1+Waxwing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB along sandy path early morning
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield at 11.13am +8.Whooper Swans still
Norfolk 2.Ravens between Castle Rising +Wolferton west of A149 at 11.30am
Norfolk Shorelark Cley flew west over coastguards at 10.40am
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape briefly 9.30am
Norfolk 8.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum briefly
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail between Thornham +Choseley flew west over fields 1/4ml north of Choseley at 8.03am