April 2017 Tour reports
Tuesday 11th April Exclusive 2 Day tour
We started the day within a mile of the accommodation! A lovely Barn Owl sat perched, patiently awaiting it's prey, also nearby a smart male Yellowhammer was singing. Another couple of quick stops en-route to the coast first to enjoy 2-3 Grey Partridge, plus several beautiful Brown Hares.
We stopped off firstly at Hunstanton & took in the Fulmar colony along the cliffs, also on the beach nice views of Brent Geese, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Turnstone, Oystercatcher & 4 species of the regular gulls.
We reached Holme and took a walk out towards the grazing marshes, we had fantastic views of several displaying Marsh Harrier. We also from here saw Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, several Snipe & Curlew. Plus more wonderful views of Hares this time boxing! A Chiff- Chaff was calling along the hedgerow, plus 2 Goldcrest.
We stopped off several times at hides & pools and had lovely views Little Grebe, Gadwall, Wigeon Teal, Snipe, displaying Lapwing & a smart male Wheatear.
Into the dunes & on to the shoreline, there was a nice group of Skylark. The shallow pools yielded a nice mixture of shorebirds, Avocet, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank and c50 Brent Geese flew on to the grazing marsh.
We then lunched up to the Observatory where clients were given an overview of the Obs & the ringing. We also enjoyed the warm sun, sheltered from the harsh wind. Tufted Duck, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard & Brents all on view as we ate!
We then headed on to Titchwell & had a good selection of wildlfowl & 1000's of gulls. Highlights were, Mediteranean Gull, Black & Bar-tailed Godwit, breeding plumage Spotted Redshank, a Litttle Ringed Plover was a new arrival today & views of a close up Water Rail.
Wednesday 12th April Exclusive 2 Day tour
We started the day with a lovely Barn Owl mainly sitting perched. We also had nice close views of a pair of Marsh Harriers, also Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Redshank, Curlew & Lapwing.
We then visited Burnham Overy, nice selection of shorebirds & around 200 Brents, plus around c100 Golden Plover several acquiring breeding plumage, plus 2-3 Snipe, more Marsh Harriers . We heard Bearded Tit briefly & had lots more wildfowl.
We headed for Cley, but were son pulling off the road for two superb Red Kites just soaring low over the fields, these were also joined by 2 sky dancing Marsh Harriers!
We lunched at Cley & then visited the hides & the East Bank, highlights were 3 Ruff, c30 Black-tailed Godwit, with several "icelandica" birds acquiring rich red breeding plumage! Lots of Harrier & Avocet activity. Other noteworthy birds were Bearded Tits, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, Sand Martin, c60 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Black & Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew & Turnstone.
Just under 100 species in the 2 days, so not bad considering the late spring & lack of summer migrants.
Thursday 13th April Exclusive Group Day tour
Another exclusive day tour today, with an early 6.15am start, which proved to be very worthwhile!
We started at Holme & were immediately into some interesting birding, 60 Redwing & a Little Ringed Plover moved west overhead & 3 pairs of Marsh Harrier provided aeriel acrobatics. A Water Rail lifted from some shallow pools & c10 Snipe were also up in the air. A nice Barn Owl flew along the hedgeline & a good selection of wildfowl were evident. However, the day really got interesting as we headed into the dunes, from here it was obvious a good passage of visible migration was well underway, we didn't move much for the next couple of hours, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, 15 Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch, Redpoll & 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Golden Plover all passed by moving swiftly along the coastline. 15 Sandwich Tern, Red-breasted Merganser & Great Crested Grebe just offshore. A Wheatear was present in the dunes, several Chiff-chaff & a Willow Warbler.
We headed over to Titchwell for the afternoon, there were more passage Swallow & Martins, plus highlights were several beautiful c15 Ruff, c40 Golden Plover, 2 Spotted Redshank, Sandwich Tern, 3 Little Gull, 3 Little Ringed Plover & still good flock of Brents.
A great day with 90 species recorded!
April 18th - April 25th Spain Extremadura tour
A fantastic tour with Nightingales, Golden Orioles, Bee-eaters, Rollers, Montagu’s Harriers, plus Great and Little Bustard, Pin-tailed sandgrouse, Rock Thrush, Bluethroats, Spanish Imperial & Bonellis Eagle.....
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