just ahead of storm Doris and there are still up to 33 Shorelarks at Holkham Gap. These distinctive larks with yellow and black face markings are developing their black 'horns' (feather tufts) as they start to come into their breeding plumage . From Lady Anne's Drive walk along the boardwalk and then head east, they are most often seen on the sandy saltmarsh, inland of the dunes.
They are almost exclusively coastal birds. Numbers vary greatly from one winter to the next. In a good year, a few hundred may be present, but in others they can be very scarce.