Little Egrets dancing across the saltings... the low grumbling of Brent Geese newly arrived from the Arctic... a ghostly Barn Owl hunting close by... Bearded Tits pinging in the reeds... the vivid flash of a Redstart's tail in the coastal pines... a tiny Yellow-browed Warbler flitting restlessly through the autumnal birch tops...
It’s easy to see why the North Norfolk coast has been such a mecca for generations of British birdwatchers! Now you can experience the magic yourself on an all-inclusive long weekend break with Limosa - easy-paced, small group tours that are designed to help you make the most of your birding.
With tens of thousands of wildfowl, waders and passerine migrants to watch for in autumn, an October visit brings falls of Skylarks, winter thrushes, finches and ‘crests. We'll check the coastal bushes for newly arrived migrants, scan for winter visitors passing along the shore and visit wader hotspots that can hold twenty or more species at this exciting time of year. We'll help you learn to identify Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Redshank and Spotted Redshank, Dunlin and Little Stint; watch Marsh Harriers sailing effortlessly over the coastal fields and marshes; and listen for the evocative music of Pink-footed Geese arriving overhead.
Each trip will have its own special moments. Our autumn birdwatching tours may witness exciting 'falls' of warblers, chats and winter visitors, seabirds including Gannets, gulls, terns and skuas will be passing offshore and more unusual species - such as Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Jack Snipe and Yellow-browed Warbler - are often about. Being Norfolk, there's every chance of coming across a real rarity, too: in recent years, surprises for our autumn groups have included Great and Cattle Egrets, Northern Harrier, Common Crane, American Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Grey Phalarope, Wryneck and Steppe Grey Shrike!
Our autumn tours are based in comfort at one conveniently located hotel - the Le Strange Arms, beside the sea in Old Hunstanton - right on the bend of the North Norfolk coast and close to many of the region's top birding sites.
Whether you are new to birdwatching or more experienced, guide Brian Small will be on hand to take you to the best spots and ensure you have as much fun as possible whilst enjoying seeing lots of great birds and wildlife.
Limosa has been operating birding tours in Norfolk for 34 years now... Join us in autumn and treat yourself to the best of British birding!