Warham and Stiffkey Walk for Wintering Birds and the Raptor Roost with Janice Darch
Sunday 19th January
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Meeting Point: Meet in the free car park on Greenway, Stiffkey, NR23 1QF, OS Explorer 251: TF 964 439. Greenway is a turning on the north side of the Coast Road as you leave Stiffkey going west towards Wells. The car park is at the northern end of the track.
Note: It will, in all probabability, be cold, so come prepared. Walking boots are essential and bring a torch for the walk back to the cars. Telescopes will be useful.
Distance: 3 miles
Description: From the car park we will start by walking a little way eastwards to the woodland belt that parallels the saltmarsh as it can be a good spot for tit flocks, Goldcrest, woodpeckers as well as being a known site for wintering Yellow-browed Warblers and sometimes even a Pallas's Leaf Warbler can be found there. The fields to the south of the wood can hold wintering finch flocks, Pheasant and both species of Partridge. After spending sometime in the woodland, always keeping an eye for birds on the saltmarshes to immediately to the north we will head westwards towards Warham Greens. The stretch of saltmarsh we will walk through is known for roosting raptors in the winter. We will be out until dusk with the hope of seeing Marsh and Hen Harriers coming into the roost along with Short-eared Owls, Barn Owl and maybe a Merlin or something rarer. There will be a background of Geese and various gulls too.
Children are welcome if accompanied by well-behaved adults, but we regret no dogs. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, please consider car sharing.