A Custom Tour For Two In Norfolk 25 February – 2 March 2023

Two Whooper Swans

Wonderful have amazing close up views of Whooper Swans at WWT Welney in Norfolk.

We love to run out Tours for Two and they have proved amazingly popular recently. They give our guests a great flexibility and we can deliver a tailor made experience. John and Lynn – Welsh man’s name – have done several Tours for Two with us so it was lovely to hear they would like to go back to Norfolk again.

We collected Lynn from his home near Wrexham on the 24th of February and headed east for Norfolk. We stopped at a lovely pub for lunch before reaching Welney WWT Reserve on the Norfolk, Cambridge border mid-afternoon. The birds began even before we reached the visitor centre with a gang of Tree Sparrows on the edge of the car park. From the visitor centre we could see distant Whooper Swans and amazingly three species of egret – five Cattle Egrets, two Great White Egrets and a single Little Egret. A few years ago, it would have been impossible to image if three species of egret were present in the UK that Little would be the least numerous.

Tree Sparrow Bempton 1

Lovely to see Tree Sparrows at WWT Welney a bird we have sadly lost in North Wales.

We walked over the bridge to the main observatory that overlooks the Ouse Washes – a vast area of flood plain between two rivers manages as a flood defence for the low lying fenland all around Welney. The majority of the area was under flood water and there were a lot of birds, we mean a lot. Thousands of ducks were feeding on the recently flooded washland a spectacular sight. The majority were Eurasian Wigeon and Teal, along with Northern Shoveler and Pintail, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, loads of Common Pochard and a few Common Goldeneye. There were Whooper Swans too, some very close to our position and many more scattered across the huge flood. But, we couldn’t pick out any of the rarer Bewick’s Swans amongst their larger cousins the Whoopers. Black-tailed Godwits, Northern Lapwings and Common Redshank fed on the islands in front of the hide as Marsh Harriers quartered the flood in search of prey – what a spectacle.

As we drove towards Kings Lynn – our base for the pre-tour night – we saw a flock of swans close to the road and delighted to see two Bewick’s Swans amongst the Whoopers. Such lovely birds and a real treat for us to see, rare birds in North Wales. A great start to the tour which hadn’t officially started yet!

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