Norfolk Winter 3 Day Birding Tour

February 2nd – 4th

This was a three day/3 night group tour and visited similar areas to the last 3 & 5 day January tours, however there were a few species recorded that were different to the previous trips, a full list of species recorded is below along with the locations we visited.

We recorded 120 species over the 3 days and the highlights were Black-throated Diver, Cattle Egret, Spoonbill, still thousands of Pink-footed Geese, and Dark-bellied Brents, c30 Russian White-fronted Geese, vast numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Pintail & Shoveler, massive flock of c5000 Common Scoter holding good numbers of Velvet Scoter at Holkham. Thousands of both Golden Plover and Lapwing also a sprinkling of Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, plus 2 Greenshank & Spotted Redshank, all the wintering shorebirds were seen in good numbers & great views of a Water Rail. Raptors were well represented with 5 Hen Harriers seen, plus good views of the Pallid Harrier coming into roost.

Inland down in the Brecks, we had a wonderful day with 3 singing Woodlark, 20+ Crossbills, 3 Hawfinch, Firecrest & Goshawk. Plus Marsh Tit & Nuthatch coming to feeders. In the farmland inland, a nice mixed finch & bunting flock is building in a dedicated field, with 200+ birds including Brambling, Yellowhammer, 5+ Tree Sparrow & Reed Bunting.

© Common Crossbill Chris Mills. It’s good to see these back in the frost in reasonable numbers after an absence of 3 years!

Locations Visited Day One – Holkham NNR & shore, Wells Harbour, Warham Greens. Day Two – Santon Downham, Cockley Cley Raptor watchpoint, Lynford arboretum, Great Cressingham.   Day  Three – Holme Dunes NNR, Thornham Harbour, Titchwell RSPB.

  Species recorded (1’s = recorded not the number seen) Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
1Red-throated Diver1 1
2Black-throated Diver  1
3Little Grebe 11
4Great Crested Grebe1 1
5Fulmar  1
6Great Cormorant1 1
7Little Egret1 1
8Cattle Egret1  
9Great Egret1 1
10Grey Heron111
11Eurasian Spoonbill  1
12Mute Swan11 
13Pink-footed Goose1 1
14White-fronted Goose1  
15Greylag Goose1 1
16Barnacle Goose1  
17Dark-bellied Brent Goose1 1
18Egyptian Goose11 
19Common Shelduck111
20Eurasian Wigeon1 1
21Common Teal1 1
23Pintail1 1
24Gadwall1 1
25Northern Shoveler1 1
26Common Pochard  1
27Tufted Duck  1
28Common Eider  1
29Common Scoter1 1
30Velvet Scoter1  
31Common Goldeneye1 1
32Red-breasted Merganser1 1
33Marsh Harrier1 1
34Hen Harrier1 1
35Pallid Harrier1  
36Northern Goshawk 1 
37Eurasian Sparrowhawk11 
38Common Buzzard111
39Red Kite111
40Common Kestrel111
41Red-legged Partridge 1 
42Common Pheasant111
43Water Rail  1
45Common Coot  1
46Oystercatcher1 1
47Avocet  1
48Great Ringed Plover1  
49European Golden Plover1 1
50Grey Plover1  
51Northern Lapwing1 1
52Red Knot1  
53Sanderling1 1
54Dunlin1 1
55Ruff1 1
56Common Snipe1 1
57Black-tailed Godwit1 1
58Bar-tailed Godwit1 1
59Eurasian Curlew1 1
60Spotted Redshank  1
61Common Redshank1 1
62Greenshank  1
63Turnstone1 1
64Black-headed Gull111
65Common Gull1 1
66Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 
67Herring Gull111
68Great Black-backed Gull1 1
69Woodpigeon1 1
70Rock Dove/Feral pIgeon1 1
71Stock Dove 11
72Collared Dove111
73Green Woodpecker 1 
74Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 
75Woodlark 1 
76Sky Lark111
77Meadow Pipit1  
78Water Pipit  1
79Pied Wagtail111
81Dunnock 11
83Common Stonechat 11
86Song Thrush 11
88Mistle Thrush11 
89Cetti’s Warbler  1
91Firecrest 1 
92Long-tailed Tit1 1
93Marsh Tit 1 
94Coal Tit11 
95Blue Tit111
96Great Tit 11
97European Nuthatch11 
98Eurasian Treecreeper11 
99Eurasian Jay111
101Eurasian Jackdaw111
103Carrion Crow111
104Common Starling 11
105House Sparrow 11
106Tree Sparrow 1 
107Common Chaffinch 11
108Brambling 1 
112Linnet 11
113Lesser Redpoll 1 
114Common Crossbill 1 
115Common Bullfinch 1 
116Hawfinch 1 
117Yellowhammer 1 
118Reed Bunting 1 
119Pallid Harrier1  
120Cattle Egret1