20th Jul 2024

Summer Tour

A 1-day Summer Tour in North Norfolk to look for some of our scarcer breeding birds and returning waders.

Summer Birds

East Anglia is lucky to be blessed with several very rare or scarce breeding species – including Spoonbills, Dartford WarblersWoodlarks and Bitterns. In 2022 and 2023, we also had breeding Bee-eaters in a local quarry and in some years we also have summering Honey Buzzards. Our summer tours will focus on looking for these rare breeding birds, as well as providing opportunities to catch up with other iconic local breeding species, such as Marsh HarriersAvocets and Bearded Tits.

Despite it being summer for us, for many waders the breeding season is already over. Particularly for species that breed in Scandinavia or the arctic, they will set off south as soon as they can and even from mid-June we can have the early returning waders here, failed breeders or non-breeders and those sexes which play no role in raising the young, including Ruff, Spotted Redshank and sandpipers. So July can be a good month to see a selection of waders here and there is often a rarity around at this time of the year too. On previous July tours we have seen exciting species like White-rumped and Semipalmated SandpipersLesser YellowlegsLong-billed Dowitcher and Black-winged Stilt.

There is also a good variety of other wildlife to see at this time of year, and we always see a great selection of different butterflies, dragonflies, etc on the Summer tours.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to give a gift to someone who is interested in birds then a gift voucher from The Bird ID Company is an ideal present.

The vouchers can be flexible, and used against any tour or tours over the following 12 months, or can be bought for a specific tour.