A Very Different View Of A Favourite Norfolk Location

Burnham Overy Staithe in snow February 2018

We have been staying on the North Norfolk coast for many years in the lovely village of Burnham Overy Staithe – the base for our very popular house parties. We have visited in the Spring, Summer and Autumn for our stays so there is one season we have not seen. We were over in Norfolk for a short Birdwatching Trip, staying near Titchwell, and of course while in the area wanted to visit one of our very favourite places. The morning we headed over to Burnham Overy Staithe it was snowing! The main coast road was white and we drove very carefully indeed. Arriving in the village it was a real winter scene, unlike anything we had seen before! Even the harbour car-park was white with snow and the saltmarsh, it looked very pretty indeed. Luckily it was very still so we didn’t feel the cold too much.

Norfolk Pink footed Geese snow

Pink-footed Geese winter along the North Norfolk coast.

We took our usual walk east along the seawall towards Holkham and it all looked just stunning in the snow and so different. Lots of birds here as always. A gorgeous Kingfisher flashed along the creek and landed briefly on a post but was soon off again. Bearded Tits called, ping-ping, from the reed-bed and a lucky few caught a glimpse of one. While we scanned for these elusive birds a Barn Owl slowly drifted by, wow, what an amazing bird. The reflected light from the snow making the owl look even paler than usual. A lone Barnacle Goose flew east over the saltmarsh where waders fed along the edge of the creeks. On the snow covered fields packs of Wigeon tried to graze along with Pink-footed and Greylag Geese. Common Snipe whizzed overhead and a mass of Golden Plover took to the air in a wonderful murmuration, breath-taking stuff! Marsh Harriers floated over the reeds and Common Buzzards fought over the possession of the best perch on a dead hawthorn bush. A Stonechat flicked along the fence just below us, so much to take in along with the wild snow covered coast. What a fantastic place, at any season.

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Burnham Overy Staithe

How we usually see Burnham Overy Staithe - in October sunshine!

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