A Very Wet Day On The North Norfolk Coast 21 October 2020

Burnham Overy Staithe seawall

What the view can look like from our lovely Norfolk base for our House Parties.

The day dawned with heavy rain but we stuck with plan “A” and started the day with a look over the saltmarsh from the house but added few species as the driving rain was in our faces. A short drive east took us to a view point overlooking Holkham fresh marsh where we watched Pink-footed Geese leave their roost and head off to feed. Also here two Great White Egrets and two Marsh Harriers but the rain kept coming down. Next stop was Holkham Park where we walked across to the lake where we quickly added the hoped for Pochard and Tufted Duck to our day list. We had planned to stop at North Point wetland near Wells but the rain was torrential so we opted for coffee and cakes at Cley NWT Visitor Centre which proved a great idea as the rain got even heavier.

We braved the rain and walked down to the beach at Kelling but it was hard going in the heavy rain. We did have good looks at a Lesser Redpoll, a Cetti’s Warbler showed on top of a thorn bush in very un-Cetti’s Warbler style. We then trudged back to the café in Kelling – The Reading Room – and as always were made very welcome despite dripping all over the floor!

After our late lunch we headed back to base at Burham Overy Staithe and tried to bird from the veranda but it was still raining though we did see the Rough-legged Buzzard in a bush over on Scolt Head Island but not a great view in the murk.

But our day still ended on a real high with a simply superb meal at The Duck at Stanhoe – voted meal of the trip and the service was also excellent – we will be back for sure.

When we did the check list at the end of the day we were all surprised that we had seen 80 species of bird despite the awful weather! Norfolk always delivers.

Come and join us for a “Tour for Two” – very small group just two guests with two guides, tailor made itinerary, low risk in these COVID-19 times and of course lots of birds and an excellent chance of enjoying them all. Do drop us a line and we can make all the arrangements be it a day trip, two days, three day or as long a tour as you wish. Our recent Tours for Two have visited the Highlands of Scotland, North Wales and the Yorkshire coast and we are planning many more! Let us know where you would like to go and we can put together a proposal perfect for you.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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