Tour At A Glance

Cost:

799.00

Deposit:

100.00

Single Room Supplement:

None

Tour Code:

Intermediate with around 5 miles walking per day in coastal terrain

Group Size:

Eight plus Leader

Olive-backed Pipit Eurasian Wryneck Red-necked Phalarope Radde's Warbler Pectoral Sandpiper

Norfolk - Autumn Migration

Date: 1st - 7th October 2018 [THREE PLACES - Guaranteed Departure]
Leaders: Ashley Saunders

Introduction

 

 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler
 
September is one of the most eagerly awaited months in the birding calendar, and Norfolk is a destination synonymous with the mass arrival of migrant birds heading south towards continental and African wintering grounds. Migration in autumn is a more leisurely affair, with birds in less of a hurry than spring, and the numbers are swollen by the recently fledged juvenile birds. Weather is of course everything, and our exact destinations will be influenced largely by wind direction and to incorporate as always the best of what has been seen locally. As well as visiting the main reserves we will visit a number of smaller sites such as Stifkey, Warham, Salthouse, Kelling, Burnham Overy and possibly also the east coast round to Great Yarmouth. Wafting easterly winds accompanied by poor visibility created by mist or rain are the ideal conditions for producing large falls of continental migrants, namely Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Northern Wheatear, Whinchat and a variety of common warbler species. It is on the back of these arrivals, however, that rarities often occur and we will hope for a few goodies during the tour which in past years have included Red-breasted Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Pectoral Sandpiper, Rose-coloured Starling, and even Citrine Wagtail and Olive-backed Pipit. It will be the pine belt at Wells and Holkham and the coastal scrub at Holme and Warham that will attract our attention should an arrival occur, and the supporting cast can often include Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Ring Ouzel, Tree Pipit and the first groups of Redwing, Eurasian Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Brambling, while Common Crossbill and Firecrest are always likely here at this time of year. On the freshwater scrapes at Cley and Titchwell, a mass of shorebirds will await us with up to twenty five species including huge flocks of Dunlin, many smart juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint, Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Whimbrel, Ruff, Little Ringed and European Golden Plovers and Black-tailed Godwit. Yellow-legged, Mediterranean and Little Gulls occur while a Eurasian Spoonbill may drop in to join the many Little Egrets now resident. Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Pied Avocet are as ever commonplace, while Little, Barn and Short-eared Owls may also be seen. Should the wind turn Northwesterly and strengthen, we may position ourselves in the shelters along Sheringham seafront to witness seabird passage off the North Coast. A variety of terns, gulls, divers, grebes and waders may pass, as well as all four skuas, Manx & Sooty Shearwaters, Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake and if we are really lucky, a Leach’s Storm-Petrel. You should expect to walk on average five to six miles per day on this tour, and see up to 145 species.

 

 

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