ISLAY TOUR REPORT

Birding Tour of Islay – 24th February – 3rd March 2022 Participants:- Paul Bascombe, Chris Brock, Rosemary Buckland, Peter Leach, Paul & Wendy Scarborough & Andrew Slack Tour Guide for Norfolk Birding – Chris Mills OVERVIEW OF THE TOUR This was a 6 day winter tour to Islay, off the west coast of Scotland in…

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February 16th-18th Three day Winter Tour

February 16th – Day One Holkham NNR, Cley marshes & Stiffkey Greens We started off the day at Holkham NNR, a quick roadside stop gave us lovely views of 165 White-fronted Geese showing down to 40m from the minibus. Also several Egyptian Geese, Greylag Geese and 2 Pink-footed Geese in the same area. Also Buzzard, Marsh harrier…

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January 31st- February 2nd 2022

Another 3 day Winter tour, similar to the previous 5 day tour but covering a little less ground. Day One – The Brecks was again successful with all the target species being seen, with the excpetion of Woodlark, which were sitting quiet in the cool grey weather! The day started with some lovely feeding Brambling,…

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January 24th-28th Five day Winter Tour

Day One of Five Norfolk Group Winter tour The first day of a five day tour was spent at Holkham NNR with a huge number of wildfowl as well as waders, divers and sea ducks. Thousands of Pink-footed Geese filled the fields to the north as well as 100+ White-fronted Geese showing down to 40m…

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January 9th Norfolk Group Day tour

Today was a group day tour based mainly around the Holkham area, but finishing off with a raptor roost. Highlights were a lovely flock of 110+ Snow Bunting, Velvet Scoter amongst the Common Scoter flock on the shoreline, also a Red-necked Grebe on the sea, Red-breasted Mergansers and Eider. Superb close up views of many…

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November 23rd – 24th Norfolk Exclusive guided half days

A good morning at Holkham NNR on 23rd with an amazing 30,000 Pink-footed Geese present, a wonderful sight and sound! The 5 Shorelarks were still present in cordon area, but flew off inland just as we were leaving. The Pines held mix flocks of finches and tits, plus Treecreeper and we also caught up with…

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November 22nd – Norfolk Exclusive guided day

An exclusive day visiting Holkham NNR, Stiffkey Fen, Blakeney Channel and Stiffkey Greens. Highlights from today in bold below:- Species Count   Greylag Goose 5 Holham NNR Pink-footed Goose 10000 Holham NNR Brent Goose (Dark-bellied) 20 Holham NNR Barnacle Goose 2 Holham NNR Common Shelduck 2 Holham NNR Gadwall 10 Holham NNR Eurasian Wigeon 300…

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November 19th – Norfolk Exclusive guided day

Seawatching early on today produced a good mix of birds with 3 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver, Little Gull & 5 Great Crested Grebe. Out on the marsh there were skeins of Pink-footed Goose ,150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pintail, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine flushing a lot of the wildfowl, plus Avocet, a…

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November 16-18th Three Day Norfolk Birding group tour

Day One – 16th November Hunstanton, Holkham & Titchwell This 3 day/ 3 night Norfolk tour was based from The Burleigh at Hunstanton. We started the day with a quick look at Hunstanton Cliffs, this proved productive, with highlights being 2 Whooper Swans moving South out over the sea, plus a superb ringtail Hen harrier…

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