October presents a choice for the rarity hunter seeking some time away and the glory of finding that special bird. There are the potential North American waifs, supplemented by European and occasional Asiatic migrants on Scilly. Then, there are the Northern Isles (Shetland and Orkney) or perhaps the Hebrides in the west, where North American birds may make landfall and (especially in the Northern Isles) there is a chance of something exotic from the east.
Or you have the relatively domestic and accessible sites of North Norfolk.
The genius of North Norfolk is it has a bit of everything, all organised along a single, relatively accessible and manageable coastal strip. There are vast numbers of waders using The Wash and visiting Snettisham, Titchwell and Cley and so on, bringing rare visitors with them. There is seawatching, bringing skuas, divers, auks, ducks and tubenoses galore. There are dunes and coastal bushes providing cover for tired migrants (and inevitable rarities). And there are woods, fields, hedgerows, marshes and reedbeds aplenty.
Top 10 birdwatching sites in Norfolk
- Burnham Overy Dunes
- Wells Wood