Saturday 2nd February 2019WINTER BIRDING IN NORTHWEST NORFOLK
This is a trip to one of the best areas in Norfolk to find the exciting wintering species that occur.
In the morning we will visit the famous Titchwell RSPB reserve where the sea can produce Great Northern, Black-throated and Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Common and Velvet Scoter, Common Eider and Red-breasted Merganser. We expect to see Eurasian Bittern, Western Marsh Harrier and Bearded Reedling in the reed-beds, whilst the area around the visitor centre is a good place to catch up with Common Redpoll, Eurasian Siskin, Brambling and Eurasian Woodcock as we enjoy a warming drink at the cafe.
After lunch we move onto the Holkham National nature reserve and Burnham Overy Dunes area where as the afternoon progresses and large numbers of Pink-footed Geese fly onto the grazing marsh before they head out to nearby sandbanks to roost. On previous tours we have seen Eurasian and Greenland White-fronted, Dark-bellied and Pale-bellied Brent, Barnacle, Tundra Bean, Ross's and Snow Goose as well as Black Brant.
Huge numbers of geese on the marsh attract the attention of raptors such as Peregrine Falcon, Common Buzzard, Red Kite and both Hen and Western Marsh Harriers which provide an amazing sight as they disturb the geese!
The shallow, sandy Holkham Bay area regularly harbours Snow Buntings and in some winters, a small number of Horned Lark are seen in the open bay with Eurasian Skylarks. The rough grassland at the western end often produces Western Barn Owl and in some years, Short-eared Owl and Rough-legged Buzzard are present.
(does not include reserve admission charges)