July 2021 – Norfolk Guided Birding & wildlife tour reports

As well as the 4 day wildlife tour we also ran several exclusive Norfolk guided birdwatching days through July. From early July returning adult waders and shorebirds started to appear. A list of bird species recorded are below and and include species recorded during guiding and personal birding sessions. The better birds are in bold!

Overview of the birds seen in Norfolk during July follows .

On 3rd July we found a Pacific Golden Plover at Hickling you can read more about this – read here.

13th July a super pale phase adult Arctic Skua whizzed along the shoreline at Holme also 7 Marsh harriers with the first juveniles on the wing. A sea-watch on 14th July saw some nice passage, with 25 Teal, 350 Cn. Scoter West, a Whimbrel, 7 Knot, 8 Dunlin & 25 Sanderling and good numbers of Sandwich, Common and Little Tern offshore. The most notable bird was a Manx Shearwater passing West. Post sea-watch, a walk around Cley marshes saw Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Ruff, autumn adult wader migration underway!

Amazingly a guided walk on the 24th July at Burnham Norton resulted in yet another Pacific Golden Plover, this one found the previous day by the Holkham wardens and still present today. In the afternoon Titchwell was nice and busy with more shorebirds and waders, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, the majority of these ‘icelandica’, but also 3 ‘limosa’ Continental birds amongst them. Also c300 Avocet, 4 Little ringed Plover, 23 Ruff, c100 Dunlin, Common and Green sandpipers, 2 Greenshank plus Redshank and Turnstone. Also Yellow Wagtail and an interesting fresh juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Another sea-watch on 25th July proived fruitful with 11 Arctic Skuas moving through, with four birds close to the shoreline as they harassed the breeding terns. Plus 2 Manx Shearwater passing West, plus c60 Common Scoter West as well. Out on the reserve, along the East Bank, there was a nice show of waders with 4 Wood Sandpiper, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 2 Greenshank and Green sandpiper.

On the 27th July I ventured to Snettisham early morning for the high tide, plus with high hopes of the Western Sandpiper. I got lucky with a White-rumped Sandpiper showing well as the tide turned with prolonged views sometime later when the Western Sandpiper appeared amongst the masses of Dunlin out on the mud! The mornign was rounded off with the thousands of Knot, Dunlin and other waders and at least 4 Turtle Doves, one purring and one down on the ground feeding along the shoreline.

July might not be known as a great month for birding, but this year certainly provided some very nice birds!

White-rumped Sandpiper – Snettisham
Western Sandpiper photograph by Chris Kelly
1Greylag Goose20Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
2Pink-footed Goose1Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
3Canada Goose5Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
4Mute Swan6Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
5Egyptian Goose6Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
6Common Shelduck10Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
7Garganey1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 25-Jul-21
8Northern Shoveler4Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
9Gadwall4Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
10Eurasian Wigeon8Holme Bird Observatory05-Jul-21
11Mallard12Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
12Eurasian Teal6Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
13Common Pochard1Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
14Tufted Duck1North Point/Wells07-Jul-21
15Common Scoter60Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
16Red-breasted Merganser1Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
17Common Pheasant1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
18Grey Partridge1Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
19Little Grebe2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
20Great Crested Grebe2Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
21Stock Dove2Ken Hill Grazing Marsh05-Jul-21
22Common Woodpigeon15Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
23European Turtle Dove4Snettisham RSPB Reserve27-Jul-21
24Collared Dove2Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
25Common Cuckoo1Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
26Common Swift20Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
27Common Moorhen1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
28Eurasian Coot2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
30Black-winged Stilt2Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
31Pied Avocet6Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
32Eurasian Oystercatcher4Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
33Grey Plover1Snettisham RSPB Reserve27-Jul-21
34European Golden Plover6Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 31-Jul-21
35Pacific Golden Plover1Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
36Northern Lapwing6Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
37Common Ringed Plover2Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
38Little Ringed Plover2North Point/Wells07-Jul-21
39Whimbrel1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
40Eurasian Curlew6Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
41Bar-tailed Godwit1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT14-Jul-21
42Black-tailed Godwit8Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
43Ruddy Turnstone2Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
44Red Knot8Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT14-Jul-21
45Ruff5Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
46Sanderling40Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
47Dunlin2Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 08-Jul-21
48White-rumped Sandpiper1Snettisham RSPB Reserve27-Jul-21
49Western Sandpiper1Snettisham RSPB Reserve27-Jul-21
50Common Snipe4Burnham Norton24-Jul-21
51Common Sandpiper1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
52Green Sandpiper2Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
53Common Greenshank4Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 31-Jul-21
54Wood Sandpiper4Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 25-Jul-21
55Common Redshank30Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
56Arctic Skua11Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 25-Jul-21
57Common Guillemot4Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
58Razorbill3Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
59Black-legged Kittiwake20Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT31-Jul-21
60Black-headed Gull20Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
61Little Gull12Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT08-Jul-21
62Mediterranean Gull1North Point/Wells07-Jul-21
63Common Gull1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
64Herring Gull2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
65Yellow-legged Gull1Titchwell RSPB24-Jul-21
66Lesser Black-backed Gull1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
67Great Black-backed Gull1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
68Little Tern1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
69Common Tern2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
70Sandwich Tern100Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT14-Jul-21
71Northern Fulmar4Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT14-Jul-21
72Manx Shearwater1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
73Northern Gannet5Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
74Great Cormorant30Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
75Great Bittern1Burnham Overy Staithe & Hickling NWT02-Jul-21
76Grey Heron2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
77Great White Egret2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
78Little Egret10Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
79Eurasian Spoonbill11Ken Hill, Snettisham02-Jul-21
80Western Marsh Harrier5Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
81Eurasian Sparrowhawk1North Point/Wells07-Jul-21
82Red Kite3Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
83Common Buzzard4Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
84Common Kingfisher1Warham Fort02-Jul-21
85Great Spotted Woodpecker2Breckland Forest, Thetford 04-Jul-21
86Common Kestrel1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
87Eurasian Hobby1North Point/Wells07-Jul-21
88Eurasian Jay1Breckland Forest, Thetford 04-Jul-21
89Common Magpie2Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
90Eurasian Jackdaw1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
91Rook1Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
92Carrion Crow1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
93Coal Tit1Breckland Forest, Thetford 04-Jul-21
94Marsh Tit2Breckland Forest, Thetford 04-Jul-21
95Eurasian Blue Tit1Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
96Great Tit1Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
97Woodlark2Cockley Cley04-Jul-21
98Eurasian Skylark10Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
99Bearded Tit5Burnham Norton24-Jul-21
100Sedge Warbler5Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
101Eurasian Reed Warbler10Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
102Common Grasshopper Warbler1Ken Hill Grazing Marsh05-Jul-21
103Sand Martin5Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT14-Jul-21
104Barn Swallow10Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
105Common House Martin10Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
106Willow Warbler1Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
107Common Chiffchaff1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
108Cetti’s Warbler1Holme Dunes NWT13-Jul-21
109Long-tailed Tit4Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
110Eurasian Blackcap2Warham Fort02-Jul-21
111Garden Warbler1Foxley Wood NWT NR07-Jul-21
112Lesser Whitethroat1Holme Bird Observatory05-Jul-21
113Common Whitethroat2Warham Fort02-Jul-21
114Goldcrest1Lynford Arboretum04-Jul-21
115Common Firecrest3Lynford Arboretum04-Jul-21
116Eurasian Nuthatch1Lynford Arboretum04-Jul-21
117Eurasian Wren1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
118Common Starling100Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
119Mistle Thrush3Breckland Forest, Thetford 04-Jul-21
120Song Thrush1Lynford Arboretum04-Jul-21
121Eurasian Blackbird1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
122European Robin1Warham Fort02-Jul-21
123European Stonechat2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
124Dunnock1Hickling Marshes NWT NR03-Jul-21
125House Sparrow10Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
126Western Yellow Wagtail1Cley & Salthouse Marshes NWT 14-Jul-21
127Pied Wagtail/White Wagtail2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
128Meadow Pipit6Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
129Tree Pipit3Breckland Forest, Thetford 04-Jul-21
130Common Chaffinch1Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
131Eurasian Bullfinch1Ken Hill Grazing Marsh05-Jul-21
132European Greenfinch1Hindolveston 02-Jul-21
133Common Linnet5Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
134European Goldfinch6Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21
135Eurasian Siskin1Lynford Arboretum04-Jul-21
136Yellowhammer2Warham Fort02-Jul-21
137Common Reed Bunting2Burnham Overy Staithe 02-Jul-21