Arctic Tern - a scarce but beautiful local breeder

Arctic Tern - a scarce but beautiful local breeder

The North Norfolk Year - Summer

Summer is a time for long, lazy days but is also a great time to enjoy the early return passage of Arctic waders, many still in beautiful breeding plumage. This is when to look for Greenshanks, Spotted Redshanks and Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers, whilst regular scarcer birds at this time have included Pectoral Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint and Red-necked Phalarope.

The area’s ‘speciality’ breeding birds – Marsh Harriers, Avocets and Bearded Tits - have all fledged young and can now be seen at their best, whilst Yellow-legged Gulls arrive from the Mediterranean and start to flock at favoured locations and wandering Spoonbills often put in an appearance. There is still time to enjoy the coastal gull and tern colonies too, now with active young on the wing, and the first Arctic Skuas appear at the coast. Inland, Nightjars, Hobbies and Honey Buzzards continue to delight.