- prolonged views of a pair of Common Crane on the ground, even yodelling to one another
- an unexpected party of White-fronted Geese at Hickling

Hen Harriers at Titchwell and Stubb Mill

- the corvid roost at Buckenham Carrs

Norfolk in winter really is rather good... I am sure that Wildlife Travel will run the holiday again next year: come and join us!



11 December 2023 Wintry Norfolk

I have just finished co-leading the Wildlife Travel Norfolk tour with my old friend Jono Leadley (aka BirdingDad). Our clients have wide wildlife interests, so the tour focused on spectacles and charismatic species rather than dashing around the place mopping up wintering rare birds. And much as I grumble about Norfolk not producing falls of eastern birds any more, the tour (and the clients' reaction to what we encountered) reminded me quite how good my home county is for general wildlife.We started with some Waxwings - who wouldn't have? A sextet at Fakenham included this white-cheeked individual that had previously graced the streets of Holt. 

- and a party of Snow Buntings flurrying over beach and sea lavender, at Holkham.


James Lowen 

During the rest of the holiday, things that we enjoyed included:

- the Horsey Grey Seal colony

- huge flocks of Pink-footed Geese at Holkham and Buckenham

- Chinese Water Deer by the score in the Broads


- a raft of two thousand Common Scoter, admixed with Velvets and a Long-tailed Duck, at Titchwell

- seven Short-eared Owls in the air at once, at St Benet's Abbey