WBC Sightings 2010

26 December to 1 January 2011

At Belton Marshes, 44 White-fronted Geese and 150 Greylag Geese were present, 26 December, with two White-fronted Geese also present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 31 December. Flocks of 250 Pink-footed Geese flew north-east over Waveney Forest, Fritton at dusk on 28 December and 1 January. Two redhead Goosander were present on the river at North Cove, 27 December, while two Goldeneye were noted on the river at Fritton the following day.

A ringtail Hen Harrier was seen at Haddiscoe Island, 28 December, and Marsh Harriers were recorded at Belton Marshes, 26 December, Castle Marsh (two), 27 December, and Fritton Marshes (two), 28 December, with a Buzzard was also noted at Belton Marshes, 26 December. Single Barn Owls were recorded at Castle Marsh and Barsham Marshes, 28 December, by the junction of Lowestoft Road and Castleton Avenue, Carlton Colville, 29 December, and at Fisher Row, Oulton, 30 December.

Single Little Egrets were seen at Barsham Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 30 December, and Weybread, 1 January. A Water Rail was observed walking on the ice at Weybread GP, 31 December, and at least five were calling in the reedbed by the river at Fritton the following day. Two Woodcock were noted at Barsham, 27 December.

A Kingfisher was seen at Barsham Marshes, six Lesser Redpolls were present at North Cove SWT reserve and three Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Castle Marsh, 27 December, and two Bearded Tits were recorded at Barsham Marshes the following day.

19 to 25 December

The Red Kite was seen again at Somerleyton, 19 December, and the same bird was no doubt responsible for the sighting at nearby Flixton Marshes, 21 December. The Rough-legged Buzzard was seen again at Thorpe Marshes, 19 December, before flying across the river to roost in Waveney Forest, Fritton. A Peregrine was noted at Oulton Marshes, 20 December, while a Marsh Harrier was recorded at Beccles Marshes on the same day, and a Buzzard flew north-east over Barsham, 19 December. A Barn Owl was seen at Fisher Row, Oulton, 21 December.

A flock of eight Waxwings was present at the junction of Beccles Road and Hollow Grove Way, Carlton Colville, 23 December. Other noteworthy passerines included a Lesser Redpoll at Fisher Row, 19 December, two Bearded Tits at Barsham Marshes, 20 December, and four Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 21 December.

A Bittern flew along Oulton Dyke, 20 December, while two were seen at Castle Marshes, North Cove, 21 December, and one was present at Thorpe Marshes, 22 December. The count of Water Rails at Fisher Row increased to five, 21 December, and one was also noted at Barsham on the same day. A flock of 157 Greylag Geese at Belton Marshes, 20 December, included three wearing neck collars which had been fitted on the Orkney Islands in July this year. A flock of 400 Pink-footed Geese flew north-east over Blundeston Marshes, 21 December, and two Goldeneyes were present along Oulton Dyke on the same day. Finally, single Woodcock were noted along Cut Throat Lane, Beccles and Barsham, 19 December, Beccles Marshes, 20 December, and Waveney Forest, 22 December.

12 to 18 December

A Red Kite was observed being mobbed by Rooks near Somerleyton Church, 13 December.The Rough-legged Buzzard was seen again at Haddiscoe Island on 14 and 15 December, and at nearby Thorpe Marshes, 17 December. A ringtail Hen Harrier was noted at Oulton Marshes, 13 December, and two Buzzards were seen along Marsh Lane, Flixton (near Lowestoft), 12 December. A Barn Owl was recorded at Fisher Row, Oulton, 13 December.

Waxwings were less widely reported this week, but sightings did include three along Fiddlers Lane, Eye, 12 December, and 18 opposite the entrance to North Cove SWT reserve, 15 December. Records of Brambling included one at White House Farm, Flixton (near Lowestoft), 12 December, and 20 at Blundeston, 14 December. One wintering Chiffchaff remained at Weybread GP, 13 December, a Black Redstart was present at Burgh Castle, 12 to 14 December, and a Stonechat was noted at Oulton Marshes, 18 December. A count of six Cetti’s Warblers was made at Oulton Marshes, 13 December, and four Bearded Tits were present along Oulton Dyke on the same day, with two Bearded Tits also noted at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 18 December. A hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow was reported from Burgh Castle, 14 December.

A Bittern was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 18 December, a Little Egret was present at Oulton Marshes, 13 December, and four Water Rails were noted at Fisher Row, 18 December. Waders included two Green Sandpipers at Flixton GP, 12 December, and a Spotted Redshank at Burgh Castle, 13 and 14 December.

A Goosander flew over Oulton Marshes, 12 December, and a male was present on the river at Burgh Castle, 18 December, while a redhead Goldeneye was seen at Flixton GP, 12 December. An impressive count of 136 Gadwall was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 17 December, with a flock of 17 Dark-bellied Brent Geese also present. Records of Pink-footed Geese included 200 flying over Oulton Marshes, 12 December, and 300 feeding at Haddiscoe Island, 14 December. Two feral Black Swans were reported again from Gillingham Marshes, 12 December.

5 – 11 December

A Rough-legged Buzzard was present at Haddiscoe Island from 7 December. It was accompanied by two Hen Harriers, 7 December, five Marsh Harriers and a Short-eared Owl, 10 December, and a ringtail Hen Harrier, 11 December. Elsewhere, ringtail Hen Harriers were seen at Oulton Marshes, 8 and 11 (two) December, Geldeston Marshes, 10 December, and Carlton Marshes, 11 December, while a Buzzard was noted at Ashby, 5 December. A Barn Owl was recorded at Fisher Row, Oulton, 11 December.

Waxwings continued to be reported, with a flock of 23 present along Ellough Road, Worlingham and five along Wiggs Acre, Barnby, 5 December, 20 by the A140 at Scole, 8 and 9 December, and nine at the junction of School Lane and Church View, Harleston, 8 December. Other notable passerines included two wintering Chiffchaffs at Weybread GP, 5 to 10 December, 20 Bramblings at Blundeston, 9 December, and a male Stonechat at Geldeston Marshes, 10 December.

A flock of 1000 Pink-footed Geese was feeding at Haddiscoe Island, 10 December, and a feral Ruddy Shelduck was present at nearby Thorpe Marshes, 11 December. A redhead Smew landed briefly on the river at Fritton, 7 December. A Bittern was seen by the river at Aldeby, 7 December, and Water Rails were noted on the river bank at Weybread, 10 December, and Oulton Marshes (two), 11 December. Woodcocks were flushed at Weybread GP, 10 December, and Haddiscoe Island (three) the following day.

28 November to 4 December

A flock of 146 Waxwings was present along Rowan Way, Worlingham, 28 November, but unfortunately this large flock soon moved on and only five were seen in the same area on 2 December. Elsewhere, ten were present in the Rainbow car park, Beccles, 28 November, and ten were recorded along Heywood Road, Diss, 4 December. Other noteworthy passerines included a Tree Sparrow at Barsham Marshes, 28 November, an adult male Black Redstart at Burgh Castle, 1 December, and a Water Pipit and two Stonechats at Oulton Marshes, 2 December. Single Bramblings were seen at North Cove SWT reserve, 28 November, and in a garden at Worlingham, 29 November.

Raptors included a Rough-legged Buzzard at Barsham Marshes, 30 November, and two Buzzards at Worlingham, 29 November. Marsh Harriers were seen at Carlton Marshes (three) and Castle Marsh, North Cove (five), 28 November, while Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 28 November, and Fisher Row, Oulton (two), 2 December.

The first Goosanders of the winter were present at Weybread GP (three redheads), 28 November, and three flew upriver at St Olaves, 2 December.

A Black-tailed Godwit and a Curlew were present at Castle Marsh, 28 November, and four Woodcock were recorded at Fisher Row, 2 December.

21 to 27 November

A wedge of ten Bewick’s Swans flew over the A143 at Earsham, 22 November, and an adult Little Gull was roosting at Weybread GP on the same day.

A flock of five Waxwings was present at the Rainbow car park, Beccles, 23 November, with 28 seen on 24 November; one, 26 November, and 40 at the neighbouring Newgate car park, 25 November. In addition, one was noted along Beccles Road, Carlton Colville, 21 November, nine were seen along Needham Road, Harleston, 22 November, and a flock of 47 was present along Ellough Road, Worlingham, 27 November. A flock of 12 Lesser Redpolls was seen by the allotments at Beccles, 23 November. A Stonechat was noted at Carlton Marshes, 21 November, and a Kingfisher, 27 November, with a Chiffchaff at Weybread GP, 22 November, and two Kingfishers, 27 November.

A Buzzard was seen at Worlingham, 27 November, and a Marsh Harrier was noted at Carlton Marshes on the same day.

14 to 20 November

Waxwings were seen almost daily along Beccles Road near the junction with Hollow Grove Way, Carlton Colville, with 20, 14 November; 35, 15 November; 30, 16 November; 45, 17 November; 40, 18 November and four, 19 November. In addition, two were present at the Rainbow car park, Beccles and three at Bungay medical centre, 17 November. A count of 12 Bearded Tits was made at Castle Marshes, North Cove, 15 November.

A flock of 2000 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Blundeston, 14 November. A Bittern flew across the river at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 15 November, and four Woodcock were seen at dusk at Belton Marshes on the same day.

A Barn Owl flew over a member’s garden at Worlingham, 14 November, and one was also seen at Belton Marshes the following day, together with a Marsh Harrier.

7 to 13 November

A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a very rare bird in the valley, was seen in trees beside the A146 at Barnby, 7 November. A flock of six Waxwings was present at the junction of Hollow Grove Way and Beccles Road, Carlton Colville, 7 November, with three seen there on 12 November and ten on 13 November. The two feral Black Swans present at Gillingham Marshes from last week remained until at least 11 November.

31 October to 6 November

A very late Whinchat was seen at Barsham Marshes, 6 November, together with two Stonechats. A single Waxwing remained in Beccles along Grove Road until 2 November, and a Grey Wagtail was seen at Weybread Mill, 1 November. Two Black Swans were present at Gillingham Marshes, 2 November.

24 to 30 October

The first Waxwings of the large national influx reached our area on the 27 October, with eight along Ridgeville, Carlton Colville, and two at the Morrisons car park, Beccles. Numbers had increased to 12 along Ridgeville the following day. A late Swallow was seen at Weybread GP, 29 October, together with a Grey Wagtail, and two Bearded Tits and two Stonechats were present at Oulton Marshes the following day.

Green Sandpipers were present at Mendham Marshes and Earsham GP (three), 30 October, and a Little Egret was noted at Oulton Marshes, 25 October.

A ringtail Hen Harrier was seen at Oulton Marshes, 25 October, and a Buzzard was recorded at Fisher Row, Oulton, 30 October.

17 to 23 October

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Wicker Well, Somerleyton, 19 October, and three Marsh Harriers were noted at Barnby, 19 October.

A Barred Warbler and two Mealy Redpolls were trapped and ringed at Burgh Castle, 17 October, while nearby two Mealy Redpolls and 14 Lesser Redpolls were trapped and ringed at Carlton Marshes, 18 October, with 40 Siskins also present on the same day. At least 25 Cetti’s Warblers were recorded along the valley between North Cove and Carlton Marshes, and three Bearded Tits and a Kingfisher were seen at Barnby, 17 October.

The Great Northern Diver from last week remained in the vicinity of Burgh Castle until at least 22 October.

A flock of 700 Pink-footed Geese was present at Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville, 17 October.

10 to 16 October

A Great White Egret was seen at Carlton Marshes on the evening of 12 October. Three Cranes flew over Castle Marsh, North Cove, 11 October.

An immature Pomarine Skua was present at Burgh Castle Flats, 16 October, and a Great Northern Diver was seen at the confluence of the Waveney and Yare on the same day.

A flock of 800 Pink-footed Geese flew over St Olaves heading along the valley towards Somerleyton, 10 October, with a count of 1200 made the following day.

A Hawfinch visited a garden at Burgh Castle, 10 and 11 October. Thee Bearded Tits were seen at Barnby, 16 October.

3 to 9 October

A Ring Ouzel was present in the overgrown garden adjacent to Carlton Marshes Visitors’ Centre, 3 to 8 October, and was joined by a second bird, 6 October. The first Fieldfare of the autumn was seen at Carlton Marshes, 3 October, while late warblers included a Reed Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and two Blackcaps, 7 October, and a Garden Warbler the following day. Notable resident species also at Carlton Marshes included six Cetti’s Warblers, 3 October, ten Bearded Tits, 7 October, and three Kingfishers, 8 October.

A late Osprey was seen at Beccles Marshes, 7 October, while a Buzzard was noted flying over Beccles town centre, 6 October. A Barn Owl was recorded at Carlton Marshes, 3 October.

Notable waders included a Green Sandpiper at Carlton Marshes, 7 October, and a Jack Snipe was flushed there, 9 October. A flock of 70 Pink-footed Geese was seen distantly in flight from Carlton Marshes, 7 October, and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was present in a field along nearby Burnt Hill Lane, 3 October.

26 September to 2 October

There was a certainly a sense of summer meeting winter at Carlton Marshes, 28 September, with 25 Swallows, a single Reed Warbler, two Blackcaps and two Chiffchaffs representing the remnants of summer, while 25 Bramblings, 17 Siskins and two Lesser Redpolls were harbingers of winter. Resident species noted on the same day included a Kingfisher and eight Cetti’s Warblers, and two Bearded Tits were seen, 2 October. A late Spotted Flycatcher was present at Fisher Row, Oulton, 2 October, while a Rock Pipit at Flixton GP on the same day was an interesting inland record.

A Merlin was seen at Carlton Marshes, 30 September. A Buzzard was noted at Earsham, 1 October, with a Hobby and a Buzzard at Fisher Row the following day. A Barn Owl was seen at Carlton Marshes, 26 September.

A Common Sandpiper was present at Weybread GP and a Green Sandpiper at Earsham GP, 1 October. Waders at Flixton GP included three Common Sandpipers, three Green Sandpipers and a single Dunlin, 2 October. A flock of 50 Pink-footed Geese flew over St Olaves, 29 September.

19 to 25 September

Single Hobbys were recorded at Belton Marshes, 19 September, and Carlton Marshes the following day, while two were present at Carlton Marshes, 24 September. Four Buzzards were seen together over Stanley Carrs, Aldeby, 20 September.

A Greenshank and three Bar-tailed Godwits were present at Burgh Castle Flats, 21 September, and a flock of 150 Golden Plovers was noted at Worlingham, 24 September.Green Sandpipers were recorded at Outney Common, Bungay, 19 September, and Weybread GP (three) and Oulton Marshes, 21 September. A count of 12 Yellow-legged Gulls was made at the gull roost at Weybread GP, 22 September.

A Bean Goose and 36 Pink-footed Geese flew over Carlton Marshes, 20 September.

A late Swift was seen at Outney Common, Bungay, 19 September. Kingfishers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (three), 20 September, Burgh Castle Flats, 21 September, and Weybread GP, 22 September, with three Cetti’s Warblers also noted at Carlton Marshes, 20 September.

12 to 18 September

A Scottish-born, satellite-tracked, juvenile male Osprey flew south-east over Beccles early morning on 15 September having left his overnight roost in a wood just east of Horsford north of Norwich at dawn. (For further details see click here.) A Hobby was seen at Camps Heath, Oulton, 14 September, and a Buzzard at Homersfield, 17 September.

Late Sand Martins were noted at Flixton GP and Weybread GP, 17 September, and a Spotted Flycatcher was seen at Flixton GP on the same day. Four Cetti’s Warblers were recorded in the St Olaves / Fritton Marshes area, 12 September.

A Green Sandpiper was seen at St James South Elmham, 12 September, and four were present at Earsham GP and one at Flixton GP, 17 September.

5 to 11 September

Single Black Terns were seen at Weybread GP, 6 and 11 September, and at Redgrave Fen, 8 September. Yellow-legged Gulls were noted at Flixton GP (an adult), 5 September, Weybread (three adults, a second-summer and a first-summer), 7 September, and Earsham (an adult), 11 September. A Little Egret was recorded at Oulton Marshes, 9 September.

Migrating Whinchats were much in evidence with one at Camps Heath, Oulton and three at Oulton Marshes, 7 September, an impressive count of ten at Oulton Marshes, 9 September, and one at Carlton Marshes, 10 September. At Oulton Marshes, two Wheatears were seen on 7 September, and three on 9 September. A late Turtle Dove was present at Fisher Row, Oulton, 9 September. A Spotted Flycatcher was noted at Weybread GP, 6 September, while at St James South Elmham, two Yellow Wagtails, a Sedge Warbler and five Reed Warblers were recorded on 11 September. Two Cetti’s Warblers were seen at Oulton Marshes, 7 September, and three Stonechats at Carlton Marshes, 10 September.

Hobbys were recorded at Flixton GP, 5 September, and Carlton Marshes (two), 7 and 10 September, while Buzzards were noted at Flixton GP (two), 5 September, and Oulton Marshes, 9 September. A Barn Owl was hunting at Weybread, also 9 September.

Wader migration is drawing towards an end. A Greenshank was present at Earsham GP, 5 September, while a Greenshank and a Dunlin were noted at Flixton GP on the same day.Green Sandpipers were recorded at Earsham (three) and Flixton GP (seven), 5 September, and St James South Elmham, 11 September, while four Common Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP, 5 September.

29 August to 4 September

Notable waders included six Dunlin at Flixton GP, 30 August, and a Redshank at St James South Elmham the following day, while Greenshanks were present at Flixton GP (three), 3 September, and Earsham GP, 4 September. Green Sandpipers were noted at Earsham GP (two) and St James South Elmham, 30 August, and Flixton GP (11), 3 September, with Common Sandpipers at Brome, Earsham GP and St James South Elmham, 30 August, and Flixton GP (seven), 3 September. A flock of 60 Golden Plovers was seen at St Cross South Elmham, 31 August.

Hobbys were recorded at Gawdy Hall estate, Redenhall and Carlton Marshes (two), 30 August, and two Buzzards at Flixton, near Bungay, 4 September.

Counts of Yellow Wagtails included 20 at St James South Elmham and two at Flixton GP, 30 August. A Spotted Flycatcher was noted at Worlingham, 30 August, and a Kingfisher was seen along The Beck at Redenhall, 29 August.

22 to 28 August

Wader migration continued apace, with two Turnstones at Earsham GP, 27 August, and one in a recently-tilled field at Weybread the following day. An adult Ringed Plover was present at Earsham GP, 28 August, and Greenshanks were seen at Flixton GP (two) and Earsham GP, 23 August. Green Sandpipers were reported from Oulton Marshes (two), 22 August, Earsham GP (13), 23 August, St James South Elmham (two), 24 August, and Flixton GP (16), 27 August, while counts of Common Sandpipers on the 27 August included an impressive 41 at Flixton GP, 11 at Oulton Marshes, and two at Earsham GP.

Yellow Wagtails were noted at St James South Elmham, 23 August, and Flixton GP (nine), 27 August, while three Spotted Flycatchers were present along Mount Street, Diss, 22 August.Kingfishers were seen at Oulton Marshes (two) and Flixton GP, 27 August.

Single Hobbys were hunting at Flixton GP, 23 August, and Camps Heath, Oulton, 24 August.Two Buzzards were seen at Flixton, near Bungay, 23 August, and two Barn Owls at Barsham Marshes, 28 August.

Finally a Little Egret was present at Oulton Marshes, 22 August, and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was in a pre-roost gathering of gulls at Weybread, 28 August.

15 to 21 August

Notable waders included a group of four Whimbrel which flew low over Flixton GP, 16 August, and two adult Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin at Earsham GP on the same day. The first sizeable flock of Golden Plovers (80) of the autumn was present in the Langmere / Rushall area, 21 August, with a smaller flock of 18 seen at St James South Elmham, 16 August.Greenshanks were present at Earsham GP (seven), Flixton GP (four) and The Lows, Bungay, 16 August. Green Sandpipers were noted at Redgrave Fen (three), 15 August, Earsham GP (ten), St James South Elmham and The Lows, Bungay, 16 August, and Flixton GP (11), 20 August, while 11 Common Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP, 16 August. Single Little Egrets were recorded at Lopham Fen, 17 August, and Fritton Marshes, 21 August.

The raptor highlight was a male Merlin seen at Oulton Marshes, 21 August. A Red Kite was noted at Oulton, 15 August, while single Hobbys were hunting at Earsham GP, 16 August, and Flixton GP, 20 August. Buzzards were reported from Worlingham, 17 August, and Ashby (two) and Blundeston Marshes (three), 21 August, and four Marsh Harriers were seen together at Blundeston Marshes, 21 August. Barn Owls were hunting by the river at Beccles and North Cove, 21 August.

A juvenile Cuckoo was seen at Roos Hall, Beccles, 15 August, and a Spotted Flycatcher was present along Mount Street, Diss on the same day. Yellow Wagtails were recorded at St James South Elmham (six), 16 August, and Flixton GP (four), 20 August. Kingfishers were noted by the river at Worlingham, St Olaves, Fritton Marshes and Burgh Castle, 21 August, and a male Cetti’s Warbler was heard singing at Burgh Marshes, Burgh St Peter on the same day.

8 to 14 August

Migrant waders at Earsham GP included a Dunlin, 8 August, a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, 9 August, and a juvenile Wood Sandpiper 13 and 14 August. Greenshanks were present at Earsham GP (three) and St James South Elmham, 9 August, and Flixton GP, 13 August, while commoner waders included Green Sandpipers at Flixton GP (20), 8 August, and Earsham GP (seven), 14 August, and Common Sandpipers at Flixton GP (nine), 8 August, and Oulton Marshes, 14 August.

Single Yellow Wagtails were seen at Flixton GP and Oulton Marshes, 8 August, while the wagtail roost at St James South Elmham held seven Yellow Wagtails and 120 Pied Wagtails , 9 August. Spotted Flycatchers were reported from Puddingmoor, Beccles (two adults and two juveniles) and Geldeston Lock, 8 August.

A Hobby was seen over Constitution Hill, Bungay, 8 August, while it, or another, was over Beccles Road the following evening. Other raptors included Buzzards at Worlingham and Oulton Marshes, 13 August, and a Marsh Harrier at St James South Elmham, 9 August.

Single Little Egrets were seen at Earsham GP and Oulton Marshes, 13 August, while two adult Yellow-legged Gulls were noted at Earsham, 14 August.

1 to 7 August

Early migrant passerines included a juvenile Wheatear along Upper Harman’s Lane, Needham, 2 August, and a Whinchat at Oulton Marshes, 5 August. Yellow Wagtails were seen at Flixton GP (three) and Fen Farm, Bungay (three), 1 August, and St James South Elmham (two), 6 August. An adult Spotted Flycatcher was busy feeding two juveniles along Mount Street, Diss, 1 August. A mass exodus of Swifts overnight on 1st / 2nd August was noted at Harleston and Bungay, while at Beccles a large flock of 200 flying over the town centre, 1 August, had all departed by the following morning. A flock of 34 Mistle Thrushes was present in a field near Barsham Hall, 3 August, and a Kingfisher was seen at Oulton Marshes, 1 August.

A juvenile Greenshank was present at Earsham GP, 6 and 7 August, with a single Snipe also present there, 7 August. Green Sandpipers were noted at Earsham GP (six) and St James South Elmham, 6 August, and Common Sandpipers at Earsham GP (two), 1 August, and Oulton Marshes, 5 August.

Hobbys were seen over Fen Farm, Bungay, 1 August, Beccles Road, Bungay, 2 August, and Oulton Marshes (two), 3 August, while single Buzzards were noted at Homersfield, 2 August, and Oulton Marshes the following day.

A Little Egret was present at Oulton Marshes, 1 and 5 August, while an adult Caspian Gull was seen at Earsham GP, 2 August, with two adult Yellow-legged Gulls there, 6 August.

25 to 31 July

A juvenile Black-tailed Godwit was present at Earsham GP, 31 July, while two Greenshanks and a Redshank, were seen at nearby Flixton GP, 30 July. Green Sandpipers were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 25 July, and at Flixton GP (17) and Earsham GP (four), 30 July, and Common Sandpipers at Earsham GP (two), 30 July, and Flixton GP (ten), 31 July.

Cream-crown Marsh Harriers were seen at Earsham, 26 July, Fritton Marshes, 29 July, and Flixton GP, 30 July, while Buzzards were noted at Thorpe Abbotts, 29 July, and Rushall (five), 31 July.

Four Yellow Wagtails were present at Flixton GP, 31 July, and a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and three juveniles were seen at Starston, 26 July.

Turtle Doves were noted at Starston (pair), 26 July, Fisher Row, Oulton (singing male), 28 July, and Flixton GP (juvenile), 31 July. Single Kingfishers were seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove and Camps Heath, Oulton, 25 July, and a Cuckoo was noted at Burgh St Peter, 31 July.

Little Egrets were seen at Earsham (four), 25 July, and Fritton Marshes, 29 July.

18 to 24 July

Wader highlights included five Avocets at Burgh Castle Flats, 18 July, two Greenshanks at Flixton GP, 19 July, and a Golden Plover at Earsham GP, 24 July. Migrating sandpipers were widespread, with Green Sandpipers at Oulton Marshes, 18 July, Earsham GP (two) and Flixton GP (12), 19 July, and Brome, 21 July, and Common Sandpipers at Earsham GP and Flixton GP (six), 19 July, and Weybread GP (four), 23 July.

A singing male Grasshopper Warbler was heard at Fisher Row, Oulton, 24 July, and a Spotted Flycatcher was seen at Weybread GP, 23 July. Turtle Doves were noted at Flixton GP (two), 19 July, and Fisher Row, 24 July.

Little Egrets were present at Oulton Marshes (four), 18 July, and Earsham (four), 19 July.

A Buzzard was seen at Flixton GP, 23 July.

11 to 17 July

The singing male River Warbler at Thorpe next Haddiscoe was last heard on 15 July.

Passage Greenshanks were present at Oulton Marshes, 11 July, Flixton GP (two), 14 and 16 July, and Earsham GP, 16 July. Other waders included an adult Dunlin, 20 Green Sandpipers and four Common Sandpipers at Flixton GP, 16 July, and a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper at Earsham GP on the same day.

Spotted Flycatchers were feeding young at Mettingham, 13 July, and Gillingham, 15 July.

Buzzards were seen at Redenhall and Somerleyton, 11 July, and a Hobby was hunting at Flixton GP, 16 July.

4 to 10 July

The male River Warbler at Thorpe next Haddiscoe continued to sing on the marsh all week.

Return wader migration continued to gather momentum with one Green Sandpiper at Earsham GP, 5 July, and eight Green Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers at Flixton GP, 9 July. Single Little Egrets were recorded at Earsham and Oulton Marshes, 5 July.

A Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail were seen at Oulton Marshes, 5 July, and three Yellow Wagtails were present, 8 July. Single Turtle Doves were noted at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 4 July, and Worlingham, 7 July.

27 June to 3 July

No prizes for this week’s highlight! The discovery of the Waveney Valley’s first singing male River Warbler at Thorpe next Haddiscoe, 2 July, and still present the following day.

A Green Sandpiper and a first-summer Yellow-legged Gull were noted at Earsham GP, 27 June, while a Hobby and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were seen there the following day, and two Green Sandpipers, 2 July. Little Egrets were recorded at Earsham (three), 2 July, and Oulton Marshes, 3 July, and a first-summer Caspian Gull was seen at Aldeby landfill site, also 3 July.

A singing male Cuckoo and three Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Carlton Marshes, 27 June, while a pair of Spotted Flycatchers was seen at Geldeston Lock, 1 July, and a Grey Wagtail at Oulton Marshes, 3 July.

20 to 26 June

A Hobby was hunting at Lopham Fen, 21 and 23 June, while a Red Kite, two Buzzards and two Hobbys were noted at Oulton Marshes, 24 June.

Green Sandpipers were seen at Redgrave Fen (six), 23 June, and Earsham GP (two), 25 June, while Little Egrets were recorded at Oulton Marshes (two), 21 and 24 June, Lopham Fen (four), 23 June, and Earsham (six), 25 June.

Cuckoos were noted at Redgrave Fen (two), 21 June, and Carlton Marshes (two), 26 June, while a Turtle Dove was seen at Worlingham, 25 June. A Grey Wagtail was present at Oulton Marshes, 21 June. Spotted Flycatchers were recorded at Low Road, Wortham (pair) and Homersfield (pair), 21 June, and Beccles Marshes, 23 June.

13 to 19 June

A Red Kite was seen at Somerleyton, 14 June, while single Buzzards were recorded at Scole, 13 June, and Thorpe Abbotts, 16 June. A Barn Owl flew over the A143 at Redenhall, 13 June.

Two Avocets were present at Earsham GP, 16 June, with a Green Sandpiper seen there, 17 and 18 June, and two second-summer Yellow-legged Gulls, 19 June. A single Little Egret was noted by Shotford Bridge, Weybread, 14 June, while three were seen at Earsham, 17 June.

Two Turtle Doves were seen at Earsham, 13 June, a Cuckoo and three singing male Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Beccles Marshes, 16 June, and a Spotted Flycatcher was present in a garden along Mount Street, Diss, 17 June.

6 to 12 June

A Red Kite drifted west high over Harleston at 4.30pm on 7 June, and a Buzzard was seen at Flixton GP, 6 June.

The first two returning Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham GP, 10 June. A second-summer Yellow-legged Gull was seen at Earsham, 7 June, and a Little Egret, 11 June.

A male Cuckoo was heard at Harleston, 7 June, a Turtle Dove was seen at Earsham, 11 June, and a Kingfisher was noted along the Beck at Redenhall, 11 June.

30 May to 5 June

Single Little Egrets were recorded at Flixton GP, 30 May, and Earsham, 31 May.

Buzzards were seen at Homersfield (two), 31 May, and Somerleyton (two), 4 June.

Turtle Doves were noted at Beccles Common (two) and Sprat’s Water Lane, Carlton Colville (singing male), 3 June, and Earsham (three), 5 June.

23 to 29 May

A migrant Ringed Plover was present at Flixton GP, 28 May, while single Little Egrets were seen at Earsham and Wortwell, 23 May.

Two Buzzards were noted at Homersfield, 23 May, and a Marsh Harrier flew north over the A143 at Earsham, 28 May.

A Kingfisher was noted along the Beck at Redenhall, 24 May.

16 to 22 May

Passage waders included a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper at Oulton Marshes, with another Common Sandpiper at Flixton GP, 16 May, 20 Avocets and 100 Black-tailed Godwits at Burgh Castle Flats, 17 May, and a Wood Sandpiper at Earsham GP and a Whimbrel and two Greenshanks at Burgh Castle Flats, 22 May.

A female Peregrine was seen at Belton Marshes, 19 May, while Hobbys were recorded at Belton Marshes (two), 16 May, Lopham Fen, 18 May, and Beccles Common (two), 19 May.Wandering Marsh Harriers were seen at Flixton (near Bungay), 16 May, Beccles Common, 19 May, and Earsham, 21 May, while Buzzards were noted at Flixton (near Bungay) and Scole, 22 May.

Turtle Doves were recorded at Flixton GP, 16 May, Worlingham, 18 May, and Belton Common (two), 19 May, while Cuckoos were noted at Oulton Marshes (two) and St Olaves, 17 May.

9 to 15 May

Two Cranes circled over Castle Marsh, North Cove at 10.20am, 15 May, before drifting west along the valley. Single Little Egrets were seen at Earsham and Flixton (near Bungay), 9 May, and Belton Marshes, 14 May.

An immature male Peregrine flew over Carlton Marshes, 9 May. Hobbys were seen at Oulton Marshes (two) and Castle Marsh (eight), 15 May. A Marsh Harrier was recorded at Belton Marshes, 14 May, while single Buzzards were noted at Earsham and Flixton (near Bungay), 9 May, and Oulton Marshes, 10 May. Barn Owls were seen at Oulton Marshes, 13 May, and Worlingham, 15 May.

Two Whimbrel were present at Burgh Castle Flats, 9 May, while Common Sandpipers were noted at Flixton GP, 9 May, Oulton Marshes (two), 10 May, and Weybread GP, 14 May. A first-summer Little Gull was seen at Thorpe Marshes, 12 May.

Singing male Cuckoos were recorded at Barsham Marshes and Gillingham Marshes, 14 May, and along Marsh Lane, Worlingham, 15 May, and Yellow Wagtails were seen at Flixton GP, 9 May, and Oulton Marshes (three), 14 May. A Cetti’s Warbler was noted at Belton Marshes, 14 May.

2 to 8 May

An Arctic Tern was present at Weybread GP, 3 May, while a late Jack Snipe was seen at Barsham Marshes, 4 May. Impressive counts of waders at Burgh Castle Flats included those of Whimbrel (20, 5 May, 109, 7 May, and 51, 9 May), Greenshank (25, 5 May, 26, 6 May, 34, 7 May, and 26, 8 May), Spotted Redshank (six, 5 May, seven, 6 and 7 May, and four, 8 May), Avocet (27, 6 May, 35, 7 May, and 26, 8 May), Bar-tailed Godwit (13, 6 May, 12, 7 May, and 11, 8 May), Black-tailed Godwit (161, 6 May, 193, 7 May, and 217, 8 May) and Redshank (51, 7 May). In addition, a single Turnstone was present on 6 May, while elsewhere single Whimbrel were recorded at Beccles Marsh, 2 May, and Waveney Forest, 5 May. A Little Egret was seen at Oulton Marshes, 5 May. The pair of Mandarin was still present at Oulton Marshes, 5 May.
A Nightingale was singing at Barsham, 2 May. A Whinchat was present at Oulton Marshes, 4 May, while Wheatears were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 2 May, Barsham Marshes (two), 3 and 4 May, and Beccles Common, 5 May. Cuckoos were present at Barsham Marshes (two), 4 May, Oulton Marshes, 4 and 5 May, and Carlton Marshes, 5 May. Two Yellow Wagtails were seen at Oulton Marshes, 2 and 5 May. Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Belton Marshes and Fritton, 5 May, while three Kingfishers were noted at Weybread GP, 8 May.

A Hobby was seen at Beccles Marshes, 2 May, with one at Earsham GP the following day. A Marsh Harrier was present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 3 May, with single Buzzards at Barnby, 3 May, and Earsham, 7 May. Two Barn Owls were seen at Carlton Marshes, 5 May.

25 April to 1 May

Two Arctic Terns were present at Weybread GP, 25 April, accompanied by 40 Common Terns.

An Osprey circled over Earsham GP, 1 May, before drifting high south-west. Two Hobbys were seen together at Carlton Marshes, 25 April, with one at Worlingham the following day, while ten were seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove and four at Oulton Marshes, 1 May. Single Red Kites were seen at Somerleyton, 27 April, and North Cove, 30 April and 1 May, while two flew west over Oulton Marshes, 1 May. A Buzzard was noted at Oulton Marshes, 27 April, while Marsh Harriers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (four), 25 April, and Belton Marshes (two), 29 April. Two Short-eared Owls were present at Oulton Marshes, 25 April, while Barn Owls were recorded there and at Carlton Marshes (two), 1 May.

A female Ring Ouzel was seen at Beccles Common, 25 April, with a Nightingale and a Grasshopper Warbler present at this site, 28 April, and a further Nightingale at North Cove on the same day. Two Wheatears were seen at Oulton Marshes, 25 and 26 April, and one at North Cove, 29 April. A Turtle Dove was present at Carlton Marshes, 25 April, with two recorded, along with four Grasshopper Warblers, 29 April, while three Grasshopper Warblers were heard singing at North Cove on the same day. Cuckoos were noted at Oulton Marshes, 25 April and 1 May, Carlton Marshes, 29 April and 1 May and Barsham Marshes, also 1 May.Yellow Wagtails were seen at Carlton Marshes (two), 25 April, Oulton Marshes (two), 26 April, and Earsham GP, 30 April, while a Grey Wagtail was seen at Weybread GP, 25 April. A Cetti’s Warbler was noted at Belton Marshes, 29 April.

Three Common Sandpipers were recorded at Weybread GP, 25 April, and a Little Egret was seen at Earsham GP, 1 May.

A pair of Mandarin was present at Oulton Marshes from 30 April.

18 to 24 April

Two Sandwich Terns and five adult Little Gulls were seen at Weybread GP, 24 April. A Nightingale was present at Beccles Common, 21 April, and a Ring Ouzel was seen near Shipmeadow sewage works, 23 April. The first Cuckoo of the year was heard at Outney Common, Bungay, 18 April, followed by others at Oulton Marshes, 19 April, Worlingham, 23 April, and Carlton Marshes, 24 April, while the first Swift was noted at Beccles Common, 21 April. Singing Grasshopper Warblers were heard at Carlton Marshes (three), 22 April, and Fisher Row, Oulton (four), 23 April. A late Redwing was seen at Beccles Marshes, 21 April, while a flock of 30 Fieldfares was present at Fisher Row, 24 April. Two Grey Wagtails were seen at Weybread GP, 19 April, a pair of Stonechats was noted at Oulton Marshes, 24 April, while Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (five), 22 April, Fisher Row, 23 April, and Beccles Marshes (six), 24 April.

Single Common Sandpipers were present at Oulton Marshes, 18 April, Weybread GP, 23 April, and Fritton, 24 April, while a Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper were seen at Weybread GP, 19 April. A flock of ten Whimbrel was present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 19 April, with four present the following day. Waders at Burgh Castle Flats included eight Whimbrel, 14 Sanderling, five Spotted Redshank, three Greenshank, 103 Avocet and 621 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 April, and 20 Whimbrel and six Spotted Redshank, 23 April. Little Egrets were seen at Mendham, 23 April, and Harleston the following day.

A Red Kite was noted at Ashby, 24 April, with a Merlin seen at Oulton Marshes and a ringtail Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island on the same day. Single Marsh Harriers were present at Herringfleet Marshes, 18 April, and Carlton Marshes, 22 April, while Buzzards were recorded at Bungay, 18 April, Earsham (four), 19 April, Worlingham, 20 April, and Ashby (five), 24 April.Single Short-eared Owls were hunting at Belton Marshes, 19 April, and Oulton Marshes, 24 April, while Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes and Castle Marsh (two), 22 April, and Oulton Marshes, 23 April.

11 to 17 April

An elusive male Ring Ouzel was present to the south of Ashby Church, 16 April, with two there the following day. The first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was recorded at Somerleyton, 17 April. Single Yellow Wagtails were seen at Flixton GP and Oulton Marshes, 11 April, with three present at Oulton Marshes, 16 April, and White Wagtails were noted at Beccles Quay, 11 April, and Weybread GP, 17 April. Kingfishers were reported from Beccles (two), 11 April, Fisher Row, Oulton (two), 12 April, and Weybread GP, 17 April, while six Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Beccles Marshes, 11 April.

A flock of six Whimbrel flew north over Ashby Church at dusk on 16 April. Two Spotted Redshanks were present at Burgh Castle Flats, while Green Sandpipers were seen at Flixton GP (two), 11 April, and Carlton Marshes (two), 17 April.
Notable raptors included a Red Kite at Somerleyton, 11 April, and it, or another, flew south over Barnby, 17 April, while a male Hen Harrier was seen at Carlton Marshes, 14 April.Buzzards were reported from Ashby (ten), 11 April, and Earsham and Harleston, 16 April, with Marsh Harriers present at Barsham Marshes, 13 April, and Carlton Marshes (two), 17 April.

4 to 10 April

Summer migrants continued to trickle in. A White Wagtail and two Yellow Wagtails were seen at Flixton GP, 4 April, and single House Martins were present at Flixton GP and Beccles Marshes the following day. A Grasshopper Warbler and two Reed Warblers were singing at Fisher Row, Oulton, 5 April, a Wheatear was present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 8 April, a Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler were noted at Oulton Marshes, 9 April, and the first Sedge Warblers were present at Beccles Marshes, Oulton Marshes and Castle Marsh (three) on the same day. Late-staying winter visitors included six Lesser Redpolls at North Cove SWT reserve, 8 and 9 April, and 19 Fieldfares at Beccles Marshes, 9 April. Other notable passerines included a flock of 30 Crossbills at Ashby, 9 April, two Grey Wagtails at Wainford Sluice, Bungay, 8 April, and Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes (eight) and Carlton Marshes (five), 5 April, and Beccles Marshes (two), 9 April.

The first Common Tern was back at Weybread GP, 9 April. Four Spotted Redshanks were feeding on the Norfolk bank of the river at Burgh Castle, 4 April, while 150 Avocets, 350 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Bar-tailed Godwit were present at Burgh Castle Flats the following day. A Woodcock was seen at North Cove SWT reserve, 5 April, a Jack Snipe at Castle Marsh, 8 April, and two Avocets at Castle Marsh, 9 April, while Green Sandpipers remained at Flixton GP (two), 5 April, and Oulton Marshes, 9 April. Little Egrets were noted at Earsham (two), 4 April, Oulton Marshes, 5 April, and Mendham (two), 9 April.

A ringtail Hen Harrier flew west along the river at Burgh Castle, 5 April, while a Peregrine was seen at Ashby, 8 April, a Red Kite and two Peregrines at Oulton Marshes, 9 April, and a Red Kite flew north at Ashby, also 9 April. Buzzards were recorded at Worlingham, 4 April, and Ashby (five), Eye (three) and Beccles, 9 April, while an impressive flock of 14 drifted west over Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville, also 9 April. Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes (three) and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 4 April, Beccles Marshes (two), 5 April, and Castle Marsh, 9 April. Barn Owls were seen at Castle Marsh, 8 April, and Oulton Marshes (two), 10 April, while a Short-eared Owl was hunting at Oulton Marshes on the same day.

28 March to 3 April

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was last reported on 29 March.Other notable raptors included a female Merlin at Eye, 1 April, Buzzards at Lopham Fen, 30 March, Earsham (three), Outney Common, Bungay and Ashby (three), 2 April, and Harleston, 3 April, and Marsh Harriers at Lopham Fen (male), 30 March, and Belton Marshes, 3 April.

A Spoonbill was seen at Burgh Castle, 28 March, while Little Egrets were recorded at Wortwell, 29 March, Oulton Marshes (two), 30 March, and Earsham and Mendham, 3 April. A Woodcock was seen at Carlton Marshes, 28 March, with Green Sandpipers present at Oulton Marshes (two), 2 April, and Earsham GP, 3 April.

Three Common Redpolls were seen at Outney Common, 28 March, with a singing Cetti’s Warbler heard there, 2 April, and another heard by the river at Fritton on the same day, while four Lesser Redpolls were seen at Barsham Marshes, also 2 April. Singing male warblers included Blackcaps at Bath Hills, Earsham and Fisher Row, Oulton, 2 April, and Willow Warblers at Earsham GP and Puddingmoor, Beccles the following day.

21 to 27 March

Six Cranes flew south over the Waveney Forest at Fritton at 9.50am on 27 March.

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard remained in the vicinity of Haddiscoe Island all week, with three Marsh Harriers in attendance, 21 March, and two Hen Harriers, 27 March.Elsewhere, a Red Kite was seen at Somerleyton, 21 March, and Buzzards were recorded at North Cove (two), Herringfleet (five) and Fritton Warren, 21 March, Carlton Colville, 23 March, Oulton Marshes, 25 March, Bungay, 26 March, and Flixton Park, 27 March. Four Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 27 March.

A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Bath Hills, Ditchingham, 23 March. Summer migrants included two early Swallows and six Sand Martins at Earsham GP, 27 March, with another Sand Martin seen at Flixton GP on the same day. A male Brambling and a female Blackcap were feeding in a garden at Ellingham, 21 March. A flock of 40 Redwings was present at Fisher Row, Oulton, 21 March, while a singing male Lesser Redpoll and five Stonechats were noted there the following day, and two White Wagtails, 26 March, and at nearby Oulton Marshes a Water Pipit was recorded 26 March. A late flock of 150 Fieldfares was present at Lopham Fen, 23 March, while a flock of 11 Common Crossbills was seen at the Waveney Forest, 27 March. Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Fisher Row (six), Carlton Marshes (three) and Fritton, 23 March, and a Grey Wagtail was seen at Flixton GP, 21 March.
A single Green Sandpiper was present at Oulton Marshes throughout the week, while two were seen at Flixton GP, 21 March, and one at Earsham GP, 27 March. An impressive count of 80 Snipe was made at Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville, 21 March, and 98 Avocets, 250 Black-tailed Godwits and 70 Redshanks were present at Burgh Castle Flats, 23 March. Little Egrets were noted at Oulton Marshes (three), Earsham and nearby Flixton Marshes (two), 26 March. A first-winter Little Gull was present at Flixton GP, 27 March.

14 to 20 March

The Rough-legged Buzzard remained in the vicinity of Haddiscoe Island all week, accompanied by a Peregrine, 15 March, and a Hen Harrier, 16 and 20 March. Elsewhere, a Red Kite and a Marsh Harrier were seen near Somerleyton Hall, two Marsh Harriers at North Cove, a first-winter Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier at Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft), and an adult Peregrine and a ringtail Hen Harrier at Oulton Marshes, all on 14 March, and a Marsh Harrier at Oulton Marshes, 18 March. Buzzards were recorded at North Cove (two), Carlton Marshes and Somerleyton (four), 14 March, and Oulton Marshes (two), 18 March.Barn Owls were seen at Weybread (two) and Withersdale Street, 20 March, and three Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 16 March.

A male Wheatear was located in an arable field at Metfield, 20 March, while Chiffchaffs noted at Fisher Row (three), 18 March, and at North Cove, 20 March, were part of an influx of returning migrants. A Water Pipit was seen at Oulton Marshes, 14 March, while Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at North Cove, 14 March and Fisher Row (six), 18 March. A flock of 11 Common Crossbills was seen at Ashby, 15 March, and a flock of 70 Redwings at Somerleyton, 20 March.

A redhead Goosander was present at Flixton GP, 14 March, and a male Garganey was seen on a pool by the A146 at Gillingham, 15 March. A female Mallard was tending her brood of 13 newly-hatched ducklings at Harleston, 14 March.
A Green Sandpiper remained at Oulton Marshes all week, while another was seen at Flixton GP, 14 March, and two were present at Earsham GP, 20 March. Woodcock were recorded at North Cove (two), 14 March, Fisher Row, Oulton (four), 15 March, and Herringfleet, 19 March.Little Egrets were noted at Oulton Marshes (three), 17 March, and Flixton Marshes (near Bungay) and Herringfleet Marshes, 20 March.

7 to 13 March

A Rough-legged Buzzard remained in the vicinity of Haddiscoe Island throughout the week, with a Peregrine and four Marsh Harriers recorded, 7 and 10 March, and a Red Kite and three Hen Harriers, 8 March. Elsewhere, a Peregrine flew over Fisher Row, Oulton, 7 March, and Buzzards were seen at Ashby (six), 7 March, Oulton Marshes, 8 March, Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft) and Somerleyton (two), 10 March, and North Cove (three), 13 March. Barn Owls were recorded at Oulton Marshes (two), 9 and 13 March, and Haddiscoe Island, 7 March, while two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Thorpe Marshes, 10 March.

A herd of 26 Bewick’s Swans was seen at Gillingham Marshes, 7 March, with 29 present, 10 March and 21, 11 March, and 17 flew north-east over Fisher Row, 12 March, while three Whooper Swans flew north-west over Haddiscoe Island, 8 March. The large number of ducks at Geldeston Marshes on 11 March comprised 520 Teal, 280 Gadwall, 38 Pintail and 150 Wigeon, with 179 Teal at Burgh Castle Flats, 7 March.
A count of 503 Curlew was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 7 March, with 23 Avocets and 17 Ruff also noted. A Green Sandpiper was present at Oulton Marshes all week, a Woodcock was seen at Fisher Row, 9 March, and a flock of 60 Black-tailed Godwits was recorded at Geldeston Marshes, 11 March. A Little Egret was present at Oulton Marshes from 11 March.

A Grey Wagtail and nine Lesser Redpolls were seen at Fisher Row, Oulton, 8 March, with a Firecrest present there the following day, and 30 Siskins and three singing Cetti’s Warblers, 13 March. A male Blackcap was seen in a garden at Barnby, 8 March, and a count of 180 Redwing was made at Beccles Common, 10 March.

28 February to 6 March

Two Cranes circled over Beccles police station at 3pm on 1 March and at 3.45pm the same two birds were seen flying high over Morrison’s.

Two Rough-legged Buzzards were present in the vicinity of Haddiscoe Island until 4 March, with one remaining until the end of the week. Other raptors seen in the area included a Merlin and a Peregrine, 1 and 3 March, two Hen Harriers, 3 March, and eight Marsh Harriers, 1 March. Elsewhere, a Peregrine flew east over Ashby Warren, 6 March, a Marsh Harrier was seen at Carlton Marshes, 6 March, and Buzzards were noted at Herringfleet (seven soaring together) and Mendham Marshes, 1 March, and Flixton near Bungay (two) and Geldeston, 5 March. Five Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 1 March, and nearby a Barn Owl was seen at Thorpe Marshes on the same day.

A flock of 200 Pink-footed Geese was feeding at Haddiscoe Island and a flock of 80 Bewick’s Swans flew over, 1 March. A Goldeneye was present at Fritton Decoy, 1 March, and a Bittern was seen at St Olaves, 3 March.

A Green Sandpiper was noted at Oulton Marshes, 1 March, and Oystercatchers were back on territories, with seven seen at Weybread GP and a pair at Earsham GP, also 1 March.

Noteworthy passerines included two Waxwings, which were seen in a garden at St Olaves, 3 March, six Bearded Tits present by the river at Fritton, 1 March, and two Kingfishers noted at St Olaves, 1 March.

21 to 27 February

A Great White Egret flew south over Chedgrave Marshes at 2pm on 21 February.

One Rough-legged Buzzard remained in the vicinity of Haddiscoe Island throughout the week, with a supporting cast of raptors including a ringtail Hen Harrier, 21, 23 and 24 February, and a Peregrine and eight Marsh Harriers, 23 February. Elsewhere, a Peregrine flew north-east over Carlton Marshes, 21 February, and six Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier were seen at Ashby, 27 February. A count of seven Short-eared Owls was made at Haddiscoe Island, 24 February.

A Jack Snipe, two Green Sandpipers and a Woodcock were seen at Flixton GP, 21 February and a flock of 249 Black-tailed Godwits was present at Burgh Castle Flats, 27 February.

A flock of 37 Barnacle Geese flew over Ashby, 27 February and a redhead Goosander flew along the river at Castle Marsh, North Cove on the same day. The escaped male Ruddy Shelduck was again present at Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville, 21 February.

Two Waxwings were seen along Lowestoft Road, Carlton Colville, 26 February and the Ring-necked Parakeet again frequented gardens in the Beccles Road area of Bungay, 22 and 23 February.

14 to 20 February

Three Rough-legged Buzzards were still present in the Haddiscoe area until 20 February.Other raptors present in this area included a Merlin, three ringtail Hen Harriers and three Marsh Harriers, 14 February. Elsewhere, a Hen Harrier was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 19 February, Marsh Harriers were present at Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft) and Oulton Marshes (two), 14 February and a Buzzard drifted south over the A143 at Earsham, 20 February. Six Short-eared Owls were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 20 February and Barn Owls were seen at Oulton Marshes (two), 14 February and Weybread GP, 20 February.

Two Waxwings were still present at Carlton Colville, 14 February, with one remaining along Ashburnham Way until 17 February. The Ring-necked Parakeet was again seen in gardens along Beccles Road, Bungay, 15 February and Blackcaps were again noted in gardens at Barnby (male and female) and Carlton Colville (female) on the same day. A flock of 27 Lesser Redpolls was seen in flight at Barnby Marshes, 20 February, a Grey Wagtail flew over Flixton GP, 18 February and 20 Bearded Tits were counted along the riverbank adjacent to the Waveney Forest at Fritton, 20 February.
A Polish colour-ringed, second-winter Caspian Gull was present at Earsham GP, 17 February, together with two adult Yellow-legged Gulls.

Notable wildfowl included a flock of 3000 Pink-footed Geese accompanied by three White-fronted Geese at Thorpe Marshes, 18 February and counts of 320 Teal, 180 Wigeon, 150 Gadwall and 40 Pintail were made at Geldeston Marshes, 15 February. Escaped Ruddy Shelduck were seen at Earsham (pair), 18 February and at Burnt Hill Lane (male), Carlton Colville, 20 February.

A flock of 225 Black-tailed Godwits was present at Geldeston Marshes, 15 February.

7 to 13 February

A Woodlark was a surprise find at Barsham, 7 February and a female Ring-necked Parakeet was present in gardens along Beccles Road, Bungay, 13 February. Three Waxwings visited a garden along Kingswood Avenue, Carlton Colville, 9 February, with one still present on 12 and 13 February. Single female Blackcaps were noted feeding on apples in gardens at Barnby, 9, 11 and 13 February and along Kingswood Avenue, Carlton Colville, 12 February, with a male seen in the same Barnby garden on 12 February. A flock of 40 Siskins and 150 Yellowhammers were recorded at Barsham, 7 February and four Lesser Redpolls and two Stonechats were seen at Oulton Marshes, 9 and 11 February.

Rough-legged Buzzards were seen daily at Haddiscoe Island, with two noted on 7, 11 and 13 February. Other raptors seen at Haddiscoe Island included three ringtail Hen Harriers, 13 February, a Peregrine, 8 February, a Merlin, 8 and 12 February and four Marsh Harriers, 7 February. Elsewhere, a ringtail Hen Harrier was seen at Oulton Marshes, 13 February and Buzzards were recorded at Ashby (two), 7 February and Lopham Fen, 9 February. An impressive count of 12 Short-eared Owls was made at Haddiscoe Island, 8 February and Barn Owls were noted at Barsham Marshes (two), 7 February and Oulton Marshes, 9 and 13 February.

Bewick’s Swans were seen at Barsham Marshes (two), 7 February and Thorpe Marshes (two), 8 February and ten Taiga Bean Geese were present at Thorpe Marshes, 12 February.On 7 February Pink-footed Geese were noted at Wheatacre Marshes (flock of 800), Ashby (30 flew north) and Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville (one).

Woodcock were reported from Barsham (six), 7 February, Oulton Marshes (one), 11 February and the Waveney Forest, Fritton (ten), 13 February and a Green Sandpiper was present at Haddiscoe Island, 11 and 13 February. A Bittern was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 12 February and a Little Egret flew east over Chedgrave Marshes, 7 February.

31 January to 6 February

The raptor-fest at Haddiscoe Island continued with three Rough-legged Buzzards seen on 31 January and 2 and 3 February, two on 1 and 5 February and one on 4 and 6 February, together with a supporting cast including a Peregrine, 31 January, a fly-over Red Kite, 1 February, a Merlin, 1, 3 and 4 February, two ringtail Hen Harriers, 3 and 5 February and six Marsh Harriers, 6 February. A Marsh Harrier was also seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 6 February. A count of six Short-eared Owls was made at Haddiscoe Island, 3 February, while Barn Owls were seen at Barsham Marshes (two) and Belton Marshes, 31 January, Fisher Row, Oulton, 1 February and Castle Marsh, 6 February.

The flock of 500 Pink-footed Geese was still present at Carlton Marshes, 31 January and 1000 were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 1 February and a count of 70 Mute Swans was made at Shipmeadow on the same day. A Bittern was seen at Castle Marsh, 31 January and 6 February and a Little Egret flew south over Barnby Marshes, 6 February.

Two first-winter Caspian Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were recorded at Aldeby landfill site, 1 February, while adult Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen at Earsham GP, 4 February and Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville, 6 February.

A count of 25 Woodcock was made from the edge of Waveney Forest, Fritton at dusk on 31 January and one was seen at Fisher Row, 1 February. Green Sandpipers were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 3 February and Flixton GP (two), 6 February.

Single Black Redstarts were present at Eye sewage works, 5 February (and present since at least 29 January) and at St Olaves, 7 February. A count of 30 Bearded Tits was made at the riverside reedbed adjacent to Waveney Forest, 31 January. The flock of six Lesser Redpolls was again seen in gardens along Puddle Duck Lane, Worlingham, 31 January. On 6 February, two Water Pipits were seen at Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville and three Stonechats, four singing Cetti’s Warblers, 40 Reed Buntings and a Bearded Tit were noted between Castle Marsh and Carlton Marshes. Flocks of 101 Skylarks and 250 Chaffinches were recorded at Barsham Marshes, together with a Cetti’s Warbler, 31 January and 80 Linnets, 5 February. Kingfishers were seen at Weybread GP (two), 4 February, Earsham GP, 5 February and Castle Marsh, 6 February.

24 to 30 January

The Rough-legged Buzzard was seen daily on Haddiscoe Island throughout the week, with a supporting cast of other raptors including three ringtail Hen Harriers, 28 January and four Marsh Harriers, 29 January. Elsewhere, a ringtail Hen Harrier was seen at Belton Marshes, 24 January, Marsh Harriers were recorded at Belton Marshes (three) and Carlton Marshes, 24 January, two Buzzards were present at Hoxne, 28 January, a Merlin was a notable record at Harleston, 29 January and a Peregrine was seen at Carlton Marshes, 30 January. Four Short-eared Owls were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 26 January and Barn Owls were recorded at Belton Marshes, 24 January, Weybread GP, 25 January and Burgh Castle Fort, 30 January.

Notable waders included a flock of 30 Avocets at Burgh Castle Flats, 24 January, a Woodcock along Marsh Lane, Worlingham, 25 January, a Green Sandpiper at Haddiscoe Island, 26 January, 37 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Dunlin and a Grey Plover at Burgh Castle Flats, 30 January and a flock of 150 Golden Plovers which flew over Fisher Row, Oulton on the same day.

A first-winter female Scaup was a notable find at Weybread GP, 25 January. Flocks of Pink-footed Geese included 40 at Haddiscoe Island, 26 January and 500 at Carlton Marshes, 30 January. Two Bewick’s Swans were present by Haddiscoe bridge, 28 January, while three feral Black Swans were seen at Gillingham Marshes on the same day. A Bittern was observed flying along the river bank at Aldeby, 25 January and it, or another, was seen at nearby Castle Marsh, North Cove, 30 January. A Little Egret was present at Herringfleet Marshes, 26 January.

A Stonechat was noted at Herringfleet Marshes, 24 January and two Kingfishers were seen at Weybread GP, 25 January. A Water Pipit and 40 Bearded Tits were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 26 January and three Bearded Tits were seen at Castle Marsh on the same day. A flock of 20 Siskins was present at Herringfleet Hills, 26 January and six Lesser Redpolls were seen in gardens along Puddle Duck Lane, Worlingham, 30 January.

17 to 23 January

The Rough-legged Buzzard remained at Haddiscoe Island until at least 21 January, with a male and ringtail Hen Harrier being seen on the Island on 17 January. Single Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes, 17 January and Fisher Row, Oulton, 19 and 20 January, while a Buzzard was present at Flixton Park, 17 January. Two Barn Owls were seen at Fisher Row, 19 January.

A Grey Plover was present at Burgh Castle Flats, 17 January, with a flock of 20 Black-tailed Godwits there on 21 January and 60 Avocets on 23 January. Single Green Sandpipers were recorded at Flixton GP and Haddiscoe Island, 17 January, Herringfleet Marshes, 18 January and Fisher Row, 19 and 20 January. A Ringed Plover was seen at Fisher Row, 19 January and a Woodcock at Beccles Common, 21 January.

Eight Bewick’s Swans were present at Shipmeadow Marshes, 17 January, with five still there on 21 January. A flock of 90 Brent Geese was recorded on Haddiscoe Island, 17 January and 60 Pink-footed Geese flew north over the Waveney Forest, Fritton, 17 January. Single Little Egrets were seen at Fritton Marshes, 17 January and at Fisher Row, 19 and 20 January.

A Water Pipit and a Cetti’s Warbler were noted at Herringfleet Marshes, 18 January, while a count of 150 Redwings was made at Beccles Common, 21 January.

10 to 16 January

The Rough-legged Buzzard remained on Haddiscoe Island until at least 15 January. Other notable raptors included a Red Kite, which flew north-east over Castleton Avenue, Carlton Colville, 11 January and a Marsh Harrier over Coney Hill, Beccles, 10 January.

A first-winter female Scaup was present at Earsham GP, 12 to 15 January and it was joined by a redhead Goosander on 15 January. An impressive count of 2400 Wigeon was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 10 January, while two Bewick’s Swans were seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove the following day, and a male Pintail and 60 Brent Geese were on the river at Burgh Castle, 16 January.

Waders recorded at Burgh Castle Flats included 30 Knot, 10 January, 33 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 January and 60 Avocets and 120 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 January. Elsewhere, 28 Black-tailed Godwits flew over Castle Marsh, 12 January, five Woodcock were noted at Fisher Row, Oulton, 14 January and a Green Sandpiper was present at Earsham GP, 15 January.

A female Blackcap was seen in a garden along Ellough Road, Beccles, 10 January. At Fisher Row, nine Lesser Redpolls, two Grey Wagtails and four Stonechats were present on 11 January and a flock of 60 Siskins was seen at North Cove SWT reserve, 12 January.Kingfishers were recorded at Weybread GP (two) and Carlton Marshes, 11 January.

3 to 9 January

The Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was seen almost daily up to 8 January, with a supporting cast of other notable raptors including a Merlin, a Peregrine and three Hen Harriers, 3 January, a Peregrine and two Hen Harriers, 4 January and a Hen Harrier and a Marsh Harrier, 5 January. A Marsh Harrier was also present at Fisher Row, Oulton, 9 January. Two Short-eared Owls were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 3 and 4 January and Barn Owls were noted at Weybread GP, 3 January and Fisher Row, 4 January.

An impressive count of 56 Woodcock was made from the edge of the Waveney Forest, Fritton at dusk on 3 January, with counts of 46 and 35 respectively being made on the following two afternoons – the Woodcock were heading for Haddiscoe Island to feed under the cover of darkness. A count of 22 Ruff was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 3 January, while other notable waders included a Jack Snipe at Beccles Common, 6 January, and a Green Sandpiper at Barsham Marshes and five Black-tailed Godwits at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 9 January.

A flock of 20 Waxwings was present along Ellough Road, Beccles, 7 and 8 January, while single Blackcaps were seen at Barnby and Barsham, 9 January. Fieldfares and Redwings were much in evidence with 200 Fieldfares at North Cove, 3 January and 50 Redwings along Ellough Road, Beccles, 8 January being respectively the largest reported flocks of each.Other notable passerines included 21 Bearded Tits and two Stonechats at Haddiscoe Island, 5 January, Grey Wagtails at Beccles Common, 6 January and at Weybread GP, 7 January, Kingfishers at Weybread GP (three), 3 January and Earsham GP, 5 January and a Cetti’s Warbler at Fisher Row, 9 January.

A flock of 2000 Pink-footed Geese was present at Haddiscoe Island, 5 January. A high count of 614 Teal was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 3 January, while single Goosanders were seen at Weybread GP, 3 to 5 January and on the river at North Cove, 5 January. A Bittern was noted at Haddiscoe Island, 5 January and Little Egrets were present at Belton Marshes (two) and Weybread GP, 3 January .

27 December 2009 to 2 January 2010

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Thorpe Marshes, 31 December and at nearby Haddiscoe Island, 2 January. Other notable raptors included a Peregrine at Oakley, a Merlin at Haddiscoe Island and a Buzzard at North Cove, all 1 January. Marsh Harriers were recorded at Thorpe Marshes (three), Belton Marshes (four) and Fisher Row, Oulton, 1 January and two Hen Harriers were seen at Belton Marshes, 2 January. Three Short-eared Owls were recorded at Thorpe Marshes, 1 January, with single birds also seen at nearby Haddiscoe Island and Belton Marshes on the same day. Barn Owls were noted at Fisher Row and Belton Marshes, 1 January and at Weybread GP, 2 January.

A flock of 100 Pink-footed Geese was present at Oulton Marshes, 1 January. Three Goldeneye were seen at Fritton Decoy, 29 December and a redhead Goosander was present at Weybread GP, 30 December to the end of the week. A Little Egret was seen at Weybread, 31 December to 2 January.

A count of 75 Avocets was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 27 December and four Ruff were seen there, 1 January. A Green Sandpiper was present at Barsham Marshes, 1 January and Woodcock were noted at Ashby (two), 29 December and North Cove (two) and Parkhill, Oulton, 1 January.

Notable passerines recorded at Fisher Row included three Lesser Redpolls, 28 December and a Water Pipit, three Cetti’s Warblers and four Stonechats, 1 January, while a Cetti’s Warbler and a Stonechat were noted at Barsham Marshes, 1 January. Kingfishers were recorded at Fisher Row, 28 December, Fritton Decoy, 29 December, Weybread GP (three), 31 December and Barsham Marshes, 1 January.