Yellow-browed Warbler in the garden!

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Our base for our Norfolk Houseparties is simply perfect for birdwatching. It's a wonderful house located right on the coastal marshes with a balcony and upstairs lounge overlooking the marshes so we are able to enjoy amazing birding without even leaving home! Birds we have seen from the balcony include Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine, Red Kite, Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Spoonbill, Great White Egret, Brent Geese, masses of Pink-footed Geese, Egyptian Geese, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Greenshank, Dunlin, Kingfisher and more. It's a wonderful place to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee, or the sunset with a gin and tonic!

We can step out the gate straight onto the coastal path along the seawall across the marshes towards the dunes, a brilliant walk to make at first light. Over the years of staying here we have also added special birds including Honey Buzzard, Barred Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, and Waxwing, as well as more regular species including Bearded Tit, Grey Partridge, Red-legged Partridge, Curlew and mammals including brown hare and stoat.

Estonia Grey Partridge

We often see Grey Partridge on our morning seawall walk

Round the other side of the house is a sheltered garden with thick hedges and fruit trees, and this attracts more birds. Keeping the feeders topped up, we've been able to enjoy a good range of garden birds while we've been eating breakfast in the kitchen overlooking the lawn. Blue, Great and Coal Tits are regulars to the feeders, Long-tailed Tits sometimes come through too. Windfall apples in autumn attract Blackbirds though we have seen Redwing here too. A Barn Owl has shot through the garden on one occasion and this year, we've been hearing Tawny Owl from the nearby trees every evening and morning.

Balcony Birding 2

There's always plenty to see from the balcony!

We sometimes see Blackcaps working their way through the leaves of the fruit trees but this year those apple trees really came up trumps. We were sitting at the kitchen table having breakfast (second breakfast for those who'd already done the seawall walk!) when a flickering flitting movement through the leaves caught the eye, and looking through the binoculars, we could clearly see a bright supercilium and wing bar and a flash of a pure white belly: Yellow-browed Warbler! These perky migrants have been arriving along the coast this autumn but to have one right in our own back garden was quite unbelievable. This obliging little bird worked its way through the nearest fruit tree and out onto the end of one of the branches, showing off in full view. Toast and coffee was abandoned as everyone grabbed their binoculars to soak up the view.

The Yellow-browed Warbler moved on to the next apple tree and picked its way through the leaves seeming to find plenty to eat, again giving good views as it went right to the end of one branch before flying on to the next tree. It checked out all the fruit trees in our garden before flying over the fence into the next garden and out of sight. Wow, what a breakfast bird!

If you'd like to join us for great back garden birding and more on the North Norfolk coast, please email us on We can't promise you a Yellow-browed Warbler every time, but we can promise you lots of exciting birds and a great place to stay! We look forward to hearing from you!

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