New Day New Birdwatching Trips Tour In Norfolk 24 October 2020

This wonderful Red-flanked Bluetail was a superb bird on day one of our new tour.

On Saturday the 24th of October we were to begin a custom tour for an American guest, the plan had been to enjoy the birds of North Wales but the Welsh lockdown put pay to that. Luckily our lovely American lady was happy to switch to Norfolk and we arranged to meet her at Kings Lynn Railway Station early afternoon on the 24th.

So we had the morning free and of course we went birding! After a great breakfast at our B&B in Hunstanton we headed back to Holme-Next-The-Sea as the wind had died down somewhat and we thought just maybe the Red-flanked Bluetail might still be around despite the lack of reports the previous day, it would be a lovely bird to start our new tour with that afternoon. A few other birders had the same idea and were already looking for the Red-flanked Bluetail but had not seen it. We went to the area where we had seen it a week ago and stood scanning the hedge and brambles, nothing, then a movement in a bush, not much to see but certainly a bird. We waited some more, then some more, then out popped the Bluetail, fantastic! Alan quickly ran to alert the other birders and one made it in time to see the bird before moved back into cover.

Maybe orange-flanked Bluetail is a better name? Either way it is a stunning bird.

Next job was operation clean the car, it is amazing how dirty a car can become with a week of driving on Norfolk roads when it is muddy. Car gleaming like new we set off to Kings Lynn Railway Station and met Katie at the platform. We chatted away as we drove north towards Holme and found that Katie had not had lunch yet so first stop was the NWT Café at Holme where lunch was soon on the table. Great thing about this place is we could birdwatch while eating as they have tables outside. Alan scanned the fields and managed to see two of the Tundra Bean Geese we had seen the previous day but they were spending a lot of time hidden amongst the Greylag Geese. We watched a huge flock of Golden Plover tumble out of the sky and land in the fields a wonderful sight. Next we walked out to the dunes and enjoyed lots of waders, AKA shorebirds, both on the beach and flying past. Then we drove back to Holme village and looked for the Red-flanked Bluetail, again some birders already looking but it had not shown for some time. A tense wait but we did see Redwings and Blackcap both lovely birds for an American birder. Then at last the beautiful Bluetail hopped into view and gave some great views. What a bird for day one of a new Norfolk tour, simply wonderful.

We took Katie to her hotel and we headed back to our B&B in Hunstanton well pleased with our day.

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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