Hen Harrier at warham greens by Julian Bhalerao
Barred Warbler by Julian Bhalerao
Pallas's Warbler by Julian Bhalerao
Excellent winter raptor roost site
This site is primarily of interest for the raptor roost in winter months. The roost holds up to 10 Hen Harriers usually peaking in January, it is also good for Short Eared Owl and Barn Owl. Merlins can be seen along with the more frequent Peregrines and Marsh Harriers. A large number of Pink Footed Geese often roost out on the beach, if you’re lucky they sometimes fly right over your head, a truly fantastic site. If not they will fly in from the west and either roost at Holkham or on the beach near east hills, the small isolated wood to the east of wells lifeboat station. Grey Partridge are normally easy to see in the fields around here, listen out for them while waiting for the raptors to come in. Little Egrets also seem to love the salt marsh out here, it’s not uncommon to see 20+ of these feeding in the area and at dusk more heading west to their roost at Holkham
The site is also an excellent migrant trap in spring and especially in Autumn. Regularly attracting such scarcities as Wryneck and both Barred and Icterine Warblers. To see migrants check any hedge line tree or bush. The small copse at the north end of the western most track is particularly good and sometimes holds a Yellow Browed or Pallas’s Warbler if there has been a good ‘fall’ along the coast.
Hen Harrier, Merlin, Short Eared & Barn Owl in winter. Migrants in Spring & Autumn