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Birding trip January (1 Viewer)

wildlifelove

Hopefully Birding...
Hi,

I have a free 3/4 days in January and want to get away on a birding get away? Possibly in UK, Scotland, Shetland’s..can anyone recommend a good area to visit. And few birds we can hope for.
 

mjh73

Well-known member
Australia
Shetlands in January would be pretty grim I reckon (from a birding point of view) - about six hours of daylight! Some potential for interesting seaducks and gulls at least.

The only reason I'd go to Shetland in January would be Up Helly Aa!
 

Alcina

Melkorendil
I've been planning a 5 day birding trip for the start of the year, with a view to getting my year off to a good start. I've got two possible ideas in mind:

First option- East Anglia: cranes at dusk at Horsey, hawfinches at dusk at Lynford, wild swans at Welney, white-fronts at Holkham, a look around Cley, Titchwell and Minsmere (there's apparently a very showy bittern at Minsmere at the moment, and if the wind isn't too bad Dunwich Heath is pretty good for Dartfords), plus wherever on the coast shorelarks, snow buntings and twite are revealed by the news services to be hanging out this winter. Maybe try for a r-l buzzard if there's a promising one.

Second option- First Scotland tour. Firth of Forth for velvet scoters (and any surf scoters that are around), Solway Firth for barnacles, a trip up to Speyside to tick cresties while they are coming to the feeders. The downside of this plan, of course, is that I will have to go back in early April to tick bananabills, as well as a west coast/ Uists trip in late May to get corncrakes and eagles (and the rest of the west coast stuff while I'm at it, including ptarmigan and the black duck at Stontian.)

Any thoughts?
 

Mike C

Emeritus President at Burnage Rugby Club
England
Hi,

I have a free 3/4 days in January and want to get away on a birding get away? Possibly in UK, Scotland, Shetland’s..can anyone recommend a good area to visit. And few birds we can hope for.

I have been having 4/5 days on the North Norfolk coast for the last 5 years in the middle of January. Hasn't always been magnificent but always a good kick-start to the year list. Always a good number of people out birding, which makes you feel that should anything turn up it will be found.

Unfortunately, missing out this year as I'll be in New Zealand but.....;)
 

Stevie babe

Well-known member
Dorset perhaps. Usually relatively warmer than the east of the UK at that time of year.
The RSPB reserves of Radipole and Lodmoor can be useful (Bearded Tit). Also Portland Bill for sea watching Portland Observatory reported several Great Bustard flyover.
Further east there's RSPB Arne and also Studland area (Dartford Warbler).
Finally Lyme Regis for possible Purple Sandpiper and Dipper.
Wherever you go you never know what'll show up (or not)
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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