EARLY birds and birdsong
2 NIGHT PACKAGE
UPCOMING DATes: 25-27 FEBRUARY, 28 Feb-2 March 2019
Just as Starling numbers are starting to drop off, it is all kicking off. The world is still turning, spring is starting to spring and the sights and sounds across the Levels are changing. The first migrants have arrived and the call of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps are staring to be heard. A Treecreeper scuttles up an oak trunk with nesting material in its beak and a Marsh Harrier drops like a stone into the reeds – a possible nesting site?
Pussy Willows are at their best and daffodils brighten the pathways exploding with fresh florescent leaf-growth.
Sand Martins twitter above the large pool and the first booming Bittern is the backdrop to displaying Great Crested Grebes. It is such an exciting time in the birdwatching year.
Arrive Walls Farm mid-afternoon settle in to your comfortable cottage accommodation.
After a cup of tea you will be free to explore the surrounding area or use the heated indoor swimming pool adjacent to your accommodation.
Welcome dinner with wine prepared by Kay and served in Walls Farm. Stephen will join you for supper and to brief you about our planned birdwatching excursions.
Breakfast in your cottage – cereal, muesli, yoghurts, bread, with home-made preserves will be provided in your accommodation for you to prepare.
Morning birding across Tealham and Tadham Moors, looking for Egrets and an opportunity to watch a large Heronry before the leaf canopy blocks the view.
RSPB Ham Wall will be stuffed with birds like a good plum pudding. Both winter wildfowl and the first spring migrants.
A light pub lunch will be included as part of the afternoon’s birdwatching plans.
Possible visits to Greylake reserve and a trip down the River Parrot to Aller Moor looking out for flocks of Golden Plover and possible Crane action.
We will return to Walls Farm early evening in time to relax with some tea and cake when we will debrief the bird sightings we have seen.
The evening will be free to either self-cater in the cottage or to go to a local pub/restaurant. Transport to and from local hostelries can be arranged.
Breakfast is in your cottage – fresh eggs, bacon bread muesli, yoghurts, home-made preserves all provided.
Morning birdwatching to possibly include a coastal walk for winter waders including Avocet, Grey Plover and large flocks of Dunlin.
12 noon returning to Walls Farm when it will be time to depart and head for home. (lunch not included today)
Upcoming dates for the 'Early Birds and Birdsong' Package
25-27 February 2019
28 February - 2 March 2019
£445 per person (sharing a twin room)
Things to remember
While most of our bird walks will be on good paths, sometimes we will go ‘off-piste’ or go through wet grass, so please bring suitable footwear (hiking boots or wellies). Wet weather gear is recommended – a waterproof jacket and over-trousers. It is unlikely that any one single walk would be more than a couple of miles.
Please bring your own binoculars (8x32 are ideal) we have some spare pairs however please advise if you require use of these. It is not essential to have a telescope. Both Stephen and Graeme have top of the range Swarovski telescopes and where appropriate we will set one or both up if we want to zoom into a particular bird or flock. In many ways it can be more of a hindrance if our whole party is fiddling with telescopes and not enjoying the moment.
Cameras and telephoto lenses again can be cumbersome however this is very much up to the individual to carry and look after themselves, but please note this is not a photographic holiday.
Walls Farm has a lovely heated indoor swimming pool, if you would like to use it please ask if it is convenient (it may be that Graeme and Kay’s young daughter may have some friends round), and understand that the pool is never supervised and is used at the individuals own risk.
- Expert ornithological guiding throughout
- Welcome dinner
- Breakfast baskets
- Teas/coffees and additional refreshments as stated on your confirmed itineraries
- Entrance to all birdwatching sites
On all tours it is expected that Stephen Moss will be the expert Ornithological guide ably assisted by Graeme Mitchell a keen and experienced birdwatcher.
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