Tour At A Glance

Cost:

799.00

Deposit:

100.00

Single Room Supplement:

None

Tour Code:

Intermediate with all daylight hours in the field. Up to 4 miles walking per day

Group Size:

Eight plus Leader

Barn Owl Arctic Redpoll Common Crane Mediterranean Gull Rough-legged Buzzard White-fronted Goose Little Owl

Norfolk - Winter Wildfowl Spectacular

Date: 7th - 12th January [FOUR SPACES - Guaranteed Departure], 21st - 26th January [TWO SPACES - Guaranteed Departure] and 11th - 16th February [SPACES] 2019
Leaders: Jason Moss

Introduction

 

 

 

Shore Lark
 
 
Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy Norfolk at its best, and our tours at this time are becoming increasingly popular among regular clients. Nowhere else in Britain can match the variety of habitats and species, the numbers of wintering wildfowl, and the number of scarce over wintering and resident species that are difficult to find outside this magical county. Woodland at this time of year can be very rewarding, and in the Brecks in particular we will be looking for the elusive Hawfinch, Common Crossbill and Firecrest among a range of other species such as Brambling, Eurasian Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and in some years Great Grey Shrike. Wildfowl are a major element of winter birding, and with over 100,000 Pink-footed Geese to start us off we wont be disappointed! Large goose flocks at Holkham and elsewhere can include scarce Tundra Bean, Snow, Red-breasted, Lesser Canada or Barnacle as well as the European White-fronts and dark-bellied Brents. In broadland, one of Britain’s only flocks of the very scarce Taiga Bean Goose occurs and we make a special attempt to see these birds on our visit to the Yare Valley. Broadland is in fact a fantastic day of winter birding, with Britain’s only resident flock of Common Cranes a highlight. With up to forty birds present, we have a good chance of enjoying great views of these incredible birds along with a supporting cast of up to one hundred roosting Marsh Harriers, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and Short-eared Owl. Huge flocks of shorebirds over Breydon water, throngs of Eurasian Wigeon on Buckenham Marshes, Great Bittern, Divers, wild swan herds, Purple Sandpiper and Mediterranean Gulls can all feature on this wonderful day. Flocks of Shore Lark and Snow Bunting scurry about the saltings at Holkham some years, where in the bay, flocks of Common Scoter test our skills to pick out a Velvet. Long-tailed Duck, Common Eider, scarce grebes and divers may also be present offshore along with more regular Common Goldneye and Red-breasted Merganser. All this before we even visit the likes of Titchwell and Cley reserves, two sites which can produce a stunning variety of wintering birds such as Bearded Tit, Pied Avocet, Ruff, Water Pipit, Water Rail, Spotted Redshank and Cetti’s Warbler. With flocks of Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting in the fields, Little Owl glowering from its daytime roost, Eurasian Woodcock emerging at dusk...who needs any more reason to visit this winter?!
 
 
 

 

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