WBC Sightings 2011

25 to 31 December

The Rough-legged Buzzard was again present at Haddiscoe Island, 31 December, while ringtail Hen Harriers were seen at Flixton (near Lowestoft), 26 December, and Oulton Marshes, 30 December. Marsh Harriers were noted at North Cove (three), 26 December; Fritton Marshes, 30 December, and Belton Marshes, 31 December, and Buzzards at Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft), 25 December; Beccles Marshes, 28 December; North Cove, 29 December; Barsham and Worlingham Marshes (two), 30 December, and Belton Marshes, 31 December. Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island (two) and Herringfleet Marshes, 27 December, and Oulton Marshes (two), 30 December, with Barn Owls noted at Beccles Marshes, 28 December, and Worlingham Marshes, 30 December.

A Tundra Bean Goose was seen at Beccles Marshes, 28 December, while a herd of ten Bewick’s Swans was present at the same site from 28 to 30 December. Four White-fronted Geese were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 30 December. Redhead Goosanders were seen at Oulton Marshes, 28 December, and Redgrave Lake, 31 December, with two male Pintails also present at the later site on the same day.

The flock of Black-tailed Godwits on flooded meadows at Geldeston had reduced to 73 on 27 December, and 47 the following day. Additional Black-tailed Godwits were seen at Beccles Marshes (two), 28 December, Oulton Marshes (two), 30 December, and Mendham Marshes (one), 31 December. Two Ruffs were noted with the godwits at Geldeston, 27 December, while single Green Sandpipers were present at Herringfleet Marshes, 27 December, Fritton Marshes, 30 December, and Belton Marshes, 31 December. Little Egrets were recorded at Earsham GP, 27 December, Worlingham Marshes and Fritton Marsh (two), 30 December, and Redgrave Lake, 31 December.

A Common Redpoll was present along the Angles Way footpath at Flixton (near Lowestoft), 25 to 27 December, with another at North Cove SWT reserve, 26 December, while Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Flixton Decoy (50) and North Cove SWT reserve (six), also 26 December. Other notable winter visitors included a Brambling at Flixton (near Lowestoft), 26 December, and a flock of 100 Siskins at Geldeston, 28 December, while an overwintering Chiffchaff was seen along Marsh Lane, Worlingham, 30 December. Two Water Pipits were present at St Olaves, 31 December. Bearded Tits were recorded at Fritton Marshes (four), 30 December, and Belton Marshes the following day, and Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Carlton Marshes and Worlingham Marshes (two), 30 December. Finally, a Kingfisher was seen at Earsham GP, 27 December, and a Grey Wagtail at Fritton Marshes, 30 December.

18 to 24 December

The large flock of Black-tailed Godwits remained on flooded meadows at Geldeston Marshes, with 370 counted on 18 and 21 December. In addition six were seen at Oulton Marshes, 20 December, with five, 24 December. A flock of 370 Lapwings was present at Blundeston Marshes, 18 December, and two Green Sandpipers were recorded at Earsham GP, 24 December. An adult Caspian Gull was feeding at Aldeby landfill site, 18 December.

A Red Kite flew north over Aldeby, a Peregrine was seen at Thorpe Marshes and a Merlin at Chedgrave Marshes, all 20 December, while a Peregrine was hunting along the river at Blundeston Marshes, 18 December. Marsh Harriers were recorded at Blundeston Marshes (four), 18 December, and Barsham Marshes (one male), 20 December, and Buzzards were noted at Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft), 18 December, and Fritton, 20 December. Short-eared Owls continued to show well in the Haddiscoe area, with three at Thorpe Marshes, 19 and 22 December, four on The Island, 19 December, and two at Chedgrave Marshes, 20 December. In addition, two were hunting at Burgh Marshes, Burgh St Peter, 24 December.Barn Owls were seen at Barsham, 18 and 24 December, and Oulton Marshes, also 24 December.

Five White-fronted Geese were present at Oulton Marshes, 24 December, and a flock of 800 Pink-footed Geese was recorded at Chedgrave Marshes, 20 December. The feral Black Swan was still present at Geldeston, 18 December. A Little Egret was seen at Oulton Marshes, 24 December, and a count of 563 Cormorants was made at Fritton, 20 December, as they left the roost at the Decoy heading towards the coast.

A Common Redpoll was present along the Angles Way footpath at Flixton (near Lowestoft), 18 December, a flock of 20 Lesser Redpolls was seen nearby at Flixton Decoy on the same day, and a Brambling was recorded at Fisher Row, Oulton, 24 December. A Black Redstart was a surprise find in the car park along Hungate Lane, Beccles, 24 December, and an overwintering Chiffchaff was noted at Camps Heath, Oulton, 18 December. Finally, a flock of 200 Skylarks was recorded at Barsham, 19 December.

11 to 17 December

A Rough-legged Buzzard was again present at Haddiscoe Island, 14 December. A Merlin was seen flying north over the marshes at Weybread towards Harleston, 13 December.Buzzards were noted at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 11 December, and Barsham Marshes (two), 15 December, while five Marsh Harriers were recorded at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 11 December. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 14 December.

A flock of 361 Black-tailed Godwits was present on flooded meadows at Geldeston Marshes, 11 December, with 181, 12 December and 280, 14 December. In addition, a Ruff was amongst the roosting godwits on 12 December, and four Black-tailed Godwits were also seen at Oulton Marshes, 17 December.

The same flooded meadows at Geldeston supported two Bewick’s Swans, 12 to 17 December, with 85 Wigeon, 60 Teal and ten Pintail, 11 December, and 179 Wigeon, 59 Gadwall, 44 Pintail, 14 December. A feral Black Swan was also present all week. Four Bewick’s Swans flew east over Barsham Marshes, 14 December. A Bittern was seen in flight at Fritton Marshes, 12 December.

Waxwings have been few and far between in the valley so far this winter, so three at St Olaves, 17 December, was a welcome find. A flock of 100 Siskins was seen at Geldeston, 15 December, with a Kingfisher there, 12 and 15 December, and a flock of 200 Fieldfares, 14 December. Two Bearded Tits were present at Castle Marsh, 11 December, a Kingfisher was seen at Carlton Marshes, 12 December, and single Grey Wagtails were noted at Blundeston, 13 December, and Ellingham Mill the following day.

4 to 10 December

The Rough-legged Buzzard was seen again at Barsham Marshes, 4 December, and it, or another, was present at Haddiscoe Island, 10 December, together with two Merlins and a Peregrine. Single Buzzards were noted at Flixton GP and Herringfleet, 4 December and at Gillingham Marshes, 9 December, while Marsh Harriers were present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 5 December, and Carlton Marshes (four), 10 December. Three Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 10 December, with Barn Owls seen at Lodge Farm, Barsham, 7 December, and Carlton Marshes, 10 December.

A group of seven White-fronted Geese was present at Barsham, 4 December, decreasing to five the following day, while an impressive count of 85 Egyptian Geese was made at Belton, 5 December. A single Little Egret was seen at Carlton Marshes on 4 and 10 December.

A Common Redpoll was found at Flixton (near Lowestoft), a flock of 20 Siskins was noted at Barsham Marshes and an overwintering Chiffchaff was recorded at Camps Heath, Oulton, all 4 December. Two Water Pipits were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 10 December.

A flock of 100 Black-tailed Godwits was present on flooded fields at Geldeston Marshes, 5 December, with 11 present at Castle Marsh, 10 December, while a flock of 200 Golden Plovers was noted at Haddiscoe Island, 10 December. Woodcock were seen at Herringfleet, 4 December, and Roos Hall, Beccles (three), 10 December, and Green Sandpipers were noted at Flixton GP (two), 4 December, and Haddiscoe Island (two), 10 December.

27 November to 3 December

The highlight of the week was a Rough-legged Buzzard at Barsham Marshes, 3 December.Two Hen Harriers, including an adult male, were seen at Somerleyton Marshes, 1 December, with a ringtail Hen Harrier at Chedgrave Marshes, 3 December. Peregrines were present at Flixton GP, 27 November, at Haddiscoe Island with another at nearby Thorpe Marshes, 1 December, and at Haddiscoe Island (two), 3 December. Two Buzzards were noted at Flixton GP, 27 November. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Thorpe Marshes, 30 November and 1 December, and two Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls were seen at Chedgrave Marshes, 3 December.

A male Smew was present at Fritton Decoy, 3 December. Nine White-fronted Geese and 800 Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 1 December, with 32 White-fronted Geese at the same site on 3 December, while a flock of 250 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Ashby on the same day.

A Water Pipit was present at Oulton Marshes, 3 December, and a Grey Wagtail was noted at nearby Camps Heath on the same day. A wintering Blackcap was seen in a garden at Geldeston, 1 December, while Stonechats were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (two), 1 December, and Barsham Marshes, 3 December.

Finally two Green Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP, 27 November.

20 to 26 November

White-fronted Geese were more widespread along the valley this week with 28 at Oulton Marshes on 20 and 21 November, with six still remaining on 23 November; 12 at Barsham Marshes from 20 to 22 November, with six on 25 November; 30 at Belton Marshes, 23 November, and finally 40 flew over Carlton Marshes, 26 November. A Barnacle Goose was seen at Fritton Marshes, 24 November, and at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 26 November, with a flock of 11 Pink-footed Geese also present at Castle Marsh on the same day. Other wildfowl highlights included a redhead Red-breasted Merganser at Haddiscoe Island, 24 November.Two redhead Goosanders and a redhead Goldeneye were present at Weybread GP late afternoon on 21 November (and adult and second-winter Yellow-legged Gulls were present in the gull roost). Two redhead Goosanders were also present on the river at Barsham from 21 to 23 November, with one remaining until 24 November.

A Waxwing was seen at Cherry Lane garden centre, Fritton, 24 November. Two Stonechats were present at Castle Marsh, 26 November, and Kingfishers were noted along the river at Barsham and at Beccles Quay (two), 23 November, and at Weybread GP, 26 November.

Raptor highlights included two Peregrines and two Hen Harriers, including an adult male, at Haddiscoe Island, 24 November, with a ringtail at Belton Marshes the following day, Marsh Harriers at Haddiscoe Island (eight) and Barsham Marshes, 24 November, and Castle Marsh (two), 26 November, and a Buzzard at Dickleburgh, 20 November. Single Short-eared Owls were present at Oulton Marshes, Carlton Marshes and Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 20 November, with two at the latter site, 23 November, and a Barn Owl was noted at Geldeston Marshes, 23 November.

Notable waders included two Black-tailed Godwits at Oulton Marshes, 21 November, while single Green Sandpipers were present at Oulton Marshes, 20 and 23 November, at St James South Elmham, also 23 November, and at Castle Marsh, 26 November.

13 to 19 November

A group of seven Cranes was present at Burgh Castle, 16 November, with one remaining in the area on the following day. A Bittern was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 16 November, while Little Egrets at Oulton Marshes included one, 13 November, and two, 16 November. A count of 234 Cormorants was made as they left the roost at Fritton Decoy heading east, 18 November. Green Sandpipers were present at Oulton Marshes on 13 November and 19 November (two), while Black-tailed Godwits were noted at Glebe Marsh, Burgh Castle (44), 15 November, Oulton Marshes, 16 November, and Castle Marsh, 17 November.

A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, now a very rare bird in the area, was seen along Low Road, Burgh Castle, 16 November. A Ring Ouzel was present by the Ink Factory Cottages at Barsham, 13 November, while nearby on the same day passerines on Barsham Marshes included 120 Skylarks, 100 Linnets and 60 Yellowhammers. A Blackcap was seen in a garden at Barnby, 15 November. Stonechats were recorded at Castle Marsh (three), 13 November, and Oulton Marshes, 16 November, and three Bearded Tits were noted at Glebe Marsh, Burgh Castle, 15 November.

The group of White-fronted Geese at Barsham had increased to ten by 14 November, and 11 by 18 November. White-fronted Geese were also present at Oulton Marshes, with 12 on 13 and 15 November, 11 on 16 November, increasing to 26 on 19 November. A flock of 21 Barnacle Geese flew north over Oulton Marshes, 13 November, and a single Brent Goose was noted at Glebe Marsh, Burgh Castle, 15 November. Sightings of Goosander (all redheads) on 13 November, included three on the river at Burgh St Peter, one along Oulton Dyke and one on the river at Beccles. A count of 110 Wigeon was made at Glebe Marsh, Burgh Castle, 13 November.

A Peregrine was seen at Hemplands Farm, St James South Elmham, 19 November, while Marsh Harriers were noted at Castle Marsh (two), Oulton Marshes and Barsham Marshes, 13 November. A Short-eared Owl was seen at Oulton Marshes, 19 November, while Barn Owls were reported from Belton Marshes, 13 November, and Oulton Marshes, 18 November.

6 to 12 November

Three Taiga Bean Geese were an unexpected find in a partially-flooded stubble field at Barsham, 9 to 11 November, and they were joined by seven White-fronted Geese on 10 November, increasing to eight on 12 November. A single Bean Goose and two skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 80 birds flew north over the same site, 6 November.

A Great White Egret flew south along the river at Oulton Marshes late afternoon on 12 November.

Single Green Sandpipers were present at Hemplands Farm, St James South Elmham, 6 November, and Earsham GP and Oulton Marshes, 12 November, while a Woodcock was seen in an observer’s garden at St James South Elmham, 7 November.

A Buzzard was noted at Barsham Marshes, 6 November, while at the same site the Linnet flock had increased to 100 birds by 9 November.

30 October to 5 November

Highlights this week included a Great Grey Shrike and the first Waxwing of the autumn at Carlton Marshes, 1 November, while single Tree Sparrows were trapped and ringed at Barsham on 30 October and 2 November. Kingfishers were recorded at Weybread GP, 30 October, and by the river at Bungay, 5 November.

An impressive count of 33 Ruffs was made at Glebe Marshes, Burgh Castle, 1 November, while three Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham GP, 5 November.

Buzzards were noted at Flixton (near Bungay), 30 October, and Barsham, 3 November, and a Barn Owl was also seen at Barsham on the same day.

23 to 29 October

A Black Redstart was present in a garden at St Olaves at dusk on 25 October. A flock of 40 Fieldfares was noted at Worlingham Marshes, 27 October and at least two Bearded Tits were heard at Glebe Marshes, Burgh Castle, 29 October.

A flock of 500 Pink-footed Geese flew north-east over Burgh Castle at dusk on 29 October. A Green Sandpiper was flushed from a pond at St James South Elmham, 26 October, and a count of 40 Black-tailed Godwits was made at Burgh Castle, 29 October. A first-winter Mediterranean Gull was seen briefly in the pre-roost gathering of gulls at Weybread GP, 29 October.

A Marsh Harrier flew south over Cucumber Lane, Beccles, 29 October, and another was seen at Glebe Marshes, Burgh Castle on the same day.

16 to 22 October

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Belton Marshes, 16 October, together with a male Hen Harrier and a Short-eared Owl, while Peregrines were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 20 October, and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 22 October.

Notable waders included a Grey Plover, 450 Lapwings, three Avocets, 24 Black-tailed Godwits and a Dunlin at Burgh Castle, 17 October, while three Curlews flew east over Belton Marshes on the same day. A Bittern was seen at Castle Marsh, 17 October.

A Siskin flew east over Burgh Castle, 17 October.

9 to 15 October

The undoubted highlight of the week was a Great Grey Shrike found at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 13 October.

At Belton Marshes, a male Hen Harrier, a female / juvenile Merlin, a Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard were seen on 15 October, with a Barn Owl noted on 10 and 15 October, and a Kingfisher, 10 October.

2 to 8 October

This week saw the arrival of the first Redwings of the autumn with four seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 October, while 30 flew west over Rushall, 7 October. In the same village the flock of House Sparrows at Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery had increased to 150 birds by 6 October.

A Greenshank and four Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham GP, 5 October.

Six Buzzards were seen together over Langmere near Rushall, 3 October, and one flew low south over the A143 at Billingford, 8 October.

25 September to 1 October

Waders at Burgh Castle on 27 September included two Ruff, two Avocet, 63 Curlew and 25 Dunlin, while the count of Ruff had increased to 24 the following day. A flock of 200 Golden Plovers was present on a field between Dickleburgh and Shimpling, 26 September, and a smaller group of 90 was present at Langmere, 28 September.

A flock of seven Siskin flew south over Burgh Castle, 27 September.

Finally, an impressive count of eight Buzzards in the air together was made in the Langmere / Rushall area, 26 September.

18 to 24 September

All sightings this week are from Burgh Castle. There was an impressive count of 160 Avocets on 19 September. Other waders present on the same day included four Dunlin, 20 Redshank, five Black-tailed Godwit and 15 Curlew, while a Barn Owl and a Kingfisher were also of note. A Curlew Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank were highlights on 24 September.

11 to 17 September

Hobbys were still much in evidence on 11 September with two seen at Blundeston Marshes and singletons at Somerleyton Marshes and Belton Marshes. On the same day Marsh Harriers were noted at Fritton Marshes, Belton Marshes and Langley Marshes (two), and a Buzzard was recorded at Flixton (near Bungay), 17 September. A Barn Owl was hunting at Blundeston Marshes, 11 September.

A late Turtle Dove was present at Wade Hall, Barnby, 14 September, while an all-white Swallow was an unusual sighting at Caldecott Hall Golf Course, Fritton, 12 September.

A count of 20 Bar-tailed Godwits was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 11 September. Single Common Sandpipers were noted by the river at St Olaves, Belton Marshes and Burgh Castle, 11 September, while Green Sandpipers were seen at Belton Marshes (two), 11 September, and Earsham GP (two), 17 September. Finally, Little Egrets seen along the lower Waveney valley on 11 September included eight at Langley Marshes, four at Belton Marshes and one at Burgh Castle Flats.

4 to 10 September

Notable raptors included a Hobby at Flixton GP, 7 September, and a Merlin at Oulton Marshes, 9 September, while Buzzards were noted at Low Farm, Denton, 4 September and Beccles Common, 7 September.

Migrant waders at Earsham GP included a juvenile Dunlin, 4 September, five Green Sandpipers, 5 September, and two Ringed Plovers and two Greenshanks, 7 September. A flock of 60 Golden Plovers was present on a tilled field at Weybread, 10 September.

An impressive gathering of wagtails at Beccles Common, 4 September, included three White Wagtails, one Yellow Wagtail, three Grey Wagtails and 200 Pied Wagtails. Single Wheatears were seen at Beccles Common, 4 September, Oulton Marshes, 9 September and Weybread, 10 September, and a Spotted Flycatcher was present at Fisher Row, Oulton, 9 September.

28 August to 3 September

An Osprey flew south over Carlton Marshes late afternoon on 28 August. Single Hobbys were seen at Beccles Marshes, 30 August, and at nearby Beccles Common, 1 and 3 September, with a Marsh Harrier also recorded at Beccles Common on 1 September. Buzzards were noted at Beccles (two) and North Cove, 28 August, Flixton (near Bungay), 29 August, and Beccles Common (two), 1 September.

Migrant waders included five Green Sandpipers at St James South Elmham, 29 August, with three Green Sandpipers and a Greenshank at Earsham GP on the same day, and a Common Sandpiper there on 1 September. A Little Gull was seen along Oulton Dyke, 2 September.

Noteworthy passerines included a Grasshopper Warbler flushed from rank vegetation at Weybread GP, 29 August, two Reed Warblers at Beccles Common, 1 September, and a Spotted Flycatcher at Beccles Cemetery, 3 September.

21 to 27 August

Three Wood Sandpipers were still present at Earsham GP, 21 August, with one remaining to the end of the week. At the same site, two Common Sandpipers were noted on 21 August, with two Greenshanks and seven Green Sandpipers on 27 August. At nearby Flixton GP, a Wood Sandpiper, two Greenshanks, eight Green Sandpipers and four Common Sandpipers were present on 21 August, while five Green Sandpipers and a Golden Plover were seen at St James South Elmham on 21 August.

A very impressive total of 68 Yellow Wagtails were trapped and ringed at St James South Elmham, 21 August, and a Turtle Dove and two Wheatears were seen in the same village, 23 August.

Hobbys were recorded at Earsham, 21 August, Oulton, 22 August and Bungay, 27 August, while Buzzards were noted at Metfield airfield, 23 August and Earsham (four) and Flixton GP, 27 August.

A Little Egret was seen at Flixton (near Bungay), 26 August. Finally, a feral Ruddy Shelduck was back at Earsham GP, 21 August.

14 to 20 August

Wader highlights included three juvenile Wood Sandpipers at Earsham GP, 19 and 20 August, and a juvenile Ruff, six Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper at the same site, 14 August. A Greenshank, seven Green Sandpipers and seven Common Sandpipers were present at nearby Flixton GP, 14 August, with a Green Sandpiper at St James South Elmham, 15 August and a Common Sandpiper at Weybread GP, 20 August.

Spotted Flycatchers were seen near Roos Hall, 14 August and at Fisher Row, Oulton (two), 20 August. A total of 22 Yellow Wagtails were trapped and ringed at St James South Elmham, 14 August, while four were seen at Flixton GP, 19 August and one at Earsham pig fields the following day. A Nuthatch, a very rare bird in the Valley, was seen on feeders at Hatten’s Farm, Metfield, 17 August. A count of seven Bearded Tits was made at Burgh Castle, 20 August.

Finally, a Hobby was seen at St James South Elmham, 20 August.

7 to 13 August

A juvenile Black Tern was present at Aldeby shooting lakes, 11 August.

Highlights of the wader passage included a Wood Sandpiper at Flixton GP, 7 and 13 August, and a Ruff at Earsham GP, 13 August. Single Greenshanks were present at both Earsham GP and Flixton GP, 13 August. Counts of Green Sandpiper included seven at Earsham GP, 8 August, and four at Flixton GP, 7 and 13 August, and in addition there were five Common Sandpipers at Flixton GP, 7 August. Single Little Egrets were noted at Flixton GP, 7 August, and at Redenhall the following day.

Raptors included Hobbys at Aldeby shooting lakes, 11 August, and at Barsham the next day, while Buzzards were noted at Earsham, 7 August, and at Roos Hall, Beccles, 12 August.

Adult Spotted Flycatchers with young were present in a garden at Denton, 9 August, and at Roos Hall, 12 August.

31 July to 6 August

No prizes for this week’s star bird! A stunning adult male Red-backed Shrike graced Carlton Marshes from 2 to 5 August.

Migrant waders included three Green Sandpipers and three Common Sandpipers at Flixton GP, 31 July, while five Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham GP on the same day.

Notable raptors included a Hobby at Belton, 31 July, and a Red Kite at Worlingham, 2 August and Carlton Marshes, 6 August.

A Grey Wagtail was seen at Weybread GP, 5 August, while three Spotted Flycatchers were noted at Rookery Park golf course, Carlton Colville, 4 August.

Finally, an escaped Ruddy Shelduck was present at Burgh Castle Flats, 4 August.

24 to 30 July

Wader passage continued with two juvenile Wood Sandpipers, a juvenile Dunlin, seven Green Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers at Flixton GP, 24 July, a Ruff and two Green Sandpipers at Aldeby shooting lakes, 26 July, and seven Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper at Earsham GP, 29 July.

A Hobby was hunting at Flixton GP, 29 July, and Buzzards were seen at Flixton Park, 24 July, and Barsham Marshes (two) the following day. Two Little Egrets were noted at Aldeby shooting lakes, 26 July.

A Turtle Dove was recorded at Flixton GP, 29 July, and a Kingfisher flew along the river at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 26 July.

17 to 23 July

Two juvenile Wood Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP, 23 July. Commoner sandpipers at the valley’s gravel pits included Green Sandpipers at Earsham (six), 22 July, and Flixton (seven), 23 July, and Common Sandpipers at Earsham, 17 and 18 July, Weybread (four), 18 July, and Flixton (four), 23 July.

A Hobby was hunting at Flixton GP, 23 July, and Buzzards were noted at Earsham, 22 July, and Flixton Park (two) the following day.

A Spotted Flycatcher was seen in the car park of the Rainbow store at Beccles, 18 July.

10 to 16 July

Wader highlights included a Ruff, ten Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper at Aldeby shooting pools, 11 July. At Burgh Castle, three Avocets and 13 Curlews were seen on 10 July, while upstream at the gravel pits, a Common Sandpiper and six Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham, 11 July, and four Green Sandpipers at Flixton the following day.

Single Hobbys were seen at Aldeby shooting pools, 11 July, and at Barsham the following day, while a Buzzard was noted at Flixton (near Bungay), 12 July. A Barn Owl was recorded at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 11 July.

Little Egrets were noted at Burgh Castle, 10 July, Aldeby shooting pools (four), 11 July, and Oulton Marshes, 15 July. Finally, single adult Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at Burgh Castle, 10 July, and Earsham GP the following day.

3 to 9 July

Wader highlights included a Spotted Redshank, two Ruff and a Common Sandpiper at Aldeby shooting pools, 7 July. Elsewhere, a Curlew flew south over Oulton Marshes, 3 July, with a Whimbrel flying south there the following day, a Green Sandpiper was noted at Flixton GP, 5 July, and a Common Sandpiper and two Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham GP, 8 July.

Single Grasshopper Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 4 July.A Spotted Flycatcher was present at Carlton Colville churchyard, 3 July, while three Turtle Doves were seen together at Homersfield, 9 July. A Kingfisher was noted at Wainford Sluice, 7 July.

Hobbys were seen at Oulton Marshes, 3 and 4 July, and North Cove Marshes, 4 July, and Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 3 and 4 July, and Oulton Marshes, 4 July.

Sightings of Little Egrets included five at Oulton Marshes and three at Carlton Marshes, 3 July, and three at Earsham GP, 9 July. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was present on the pig fields at Earsham, 8 July.

26 June to 2 July

Return wader passage gained momentum with ten Bar-tailed Godwits at Oulton Marshes, 27 June. A Common Sandpiper and five Green Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP, 1 July, with a Common Sandpiper and six Green Sandpipers at Earsham GP the following day. A flock of 180 Lapwings was noted at Flixton GP, 26 June. Little Egrets were seen at Belton, 26 June, Oulton Marshes (six), 29 June, Flixton GP, 1 July, and Earsham (three), 2 July.

Turtle Doves were present at Flixton GP (two) and Earsham GP, 26 June, while a Cuckoo was noted at Oulton Marshes the following day. A Spotted Flycatcher was present along Mount Street in Diss, 26 and 27 June. A flock of five Siskins flew overhead at Ashby, 26 June, and Kingfishers were reported from Belton, 26 June, and Weybread GP (two), 27 June.

Hobbys were seen at Oulton Marshes, 27 June (one) and 29 June (two), with one also at nearby Fisher Row, 1 July. A Buzzard was noted at Flixton GP, 26 June and 1 July.

Escaped wildfowl included a Whooper Swan and a Bar-headed Goose at Flixton GP, and a Ruddy Shelduck at Earsham GP, 26 June, while the long-staying male Swan Goose remained at Harleston marshes all week.

19 to 25 June

A Red Kite flew west over Langmere, 21 June, and two Marsh Harriers were seen at Mendham Marshes, 24 June. Single Hobbys were recorded at Weybread GP, Rushall and Oulton Marshes, 20 June, with one also seen at Oulton Marshes, 23 and 24 June, while Buzzards were reported from Beccles Common (two), 19 June, and Flixton (near Bungay), 24 and 25 June. A Short-eared Owl hunting at Carlton Marshes, 20 June, was an interesting mid-summer record, while Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 20 June, and Harleston Marshes (two) and Mendham Marshes, 22 June.

A Spoonbill was present at Burgh Castle, 22 June, and Little Egrets were seen at Earsham (five), 19 June, and Mendham Marshes, 24 June.

A non-breeding plumage Black-tailed Godwit was an interesting find at Weybread GP, 24 June. Three Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham GP, 19 June, while a count of five was made at Flixton GP, 23 June, rising to seven, 25 June.

Two Crossbills flew over Waveney Forest, Fritton, 21 June. A feeding flock of ten Turtle Doves was seen at Earsham, 19 June, and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Carlton Marshes on the same day. Two Cuckoos (a male and a female) were present at Oulton Marshes, 23 June, while a Spotted Flycatcher was seen in a garden at Flixton (near Bungay) the following day.

An escaped male Swan Goose is resident with the Greylag Geese at Harleston Marshes, while a feral Ruddy Shelduck remains at Earsham GP, with probably the same bird making a short trip to Flixton GP, 25 June.

12 to 18 June

Autumn (!) migration has already begun for some, with the first Green Sandpiper back at Flixton GP, 12 June. Waders at Burgh Castle included nine Avocets, 16 June, and a Black-tailed Godwit and 45 Redshanks, 18 June. Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 16 June, and Burgh Castle (four), 18 June. A count of 44 Egyptian Geese was made at Burgh Castle, 16 June.

Notable raptors included a Buzzard at Flixton GP, 12 June, and a Hobby at Oulton Marshes, 15 June. A Barn Owl was seen at Carlton Marshes, 14 June.

Spotted Flycatchers were reported from Barsham (two), 14 June, and Rigbourne Hill, Beccles, 18 June. A Cetti’s Warbler and four Yellow Wagtails were noted at Burgh Castle, 16 June. Two Grasshopper Warblers were singing at Oulton Marshes, 15 June, with one heard at Carlton Marshes the following day.

5 to 11 June

Two Quails were singing from a wheat field north of Barsham Church in the evening of 9 June.

A Cuckoo and a Yellow Wagtail were noted at Burgh Castle, 6 June. A flock of 20 Crossbills was seen at Ashby, 7 June, and two Turtle Doves were singing by the river at Aldeby, 8 June.

Waders at Burgh Castle, 6 June, included five Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew and 40 Redshanks. Five Little Egrets were also noted at Burgh Castle on the same day and one was at Carlton Marshes the following day.

A Hobby was seen at Ashby, 7 June, and three Buzzards were circling together over woods at Mendham, 11 June. Barn Owls were recorded from Carlton Marshes (three) and Burgh Castle, 6 June, and Barsham, 10 June.

29 May to 4 June

A Crane circled over south-east Beccles then drifted north at 2pm on 1 June.

A Hobby and two Buzzards were seen at Barsham Marshes, 31 May.

An escaped Bar-headed Goose was present at Flixton GP, 4 June.

22 to 28 May

Two Red Kites were seen at Ditchingham, 25 May.

A Turtle Dove was noted at the Werel’s Loke estate, Worlingham, 25 May, while Cuckoos were reported from Carlton Marshes, 22 May, and Ditchingham, 25 May. Spotted Flycatchers were seen at Weybread churchyard (two) and Mendham churchyard, 28 May.

A late Common Sandpiper was present at Flixton GP, 26 May.

The escaped male Wood Duck was still present at Oulton Marshes, 22 May.

15 to 21 May

A Turtle Dove was singing at Carlton Marshes, 19 May. Cuckoos were noted at Burgh Castle, 19 May, and Fisher Row, Oulton, 19 and 20 May, while Yellow Wagtails were recorded from Herringfleet Marshes, 15 May, and Oulton Marshes, 20 (two) and 21 May. A pair of Spotted Flycatcher was present by Shotford Bridge, Weybread, 15 May, and a Cetti’s Warbler was singing along Cove Dam, North Cove on the same day.

Raptors included four Hobbys and two Buzzards at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 15 May.

Counts of Common Sandpiper at Castle Marshes included three on 15 and 19 May, with two on 21 May, and a Curlew was also present on 15 May.

Little Egrets were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 15 May, with one also at Oulton Marshes, 20 May, and two, 21 May.

8 to 14 May

The White Stork was still present at Aldeby, 8 May. It made a flight across the river and over Castle Marsh, North Cove at 10am, while the following day it was seen circling high over Castle Marsh before drifting south-east over Carlton Colville at 10.45am. A Little Egret was noted at Oulton Marshes, 14 May.

The first Spotted Flycatcher for the valley was present at Beccles Common, 8 May, with another seen at North Cove SWT reserve, 14 May, while two Turtle Doves were singing at Beccles Marshes, 12 May. A Whinchat was seen at Castle Marsh, 8 May, and three Yellow Wagtails were noted at Oulton Marshes the following day. The singing Nightingale was still present at Weybread GP, 9 May. Singing Grasshopper Warblers were noted at Castle Marsh, 8 and 9 May, and Barsham Marshes, 11 May, while two Cuckoos were recorded at Castle Marsh, 9 May. An impressive count of 80 Swifts was made at Oulton Marshes, 14 May.

A Red Kite and two Hobbys were seen at Castle Marsh, 8 May, with one Hobby also seen there the following day. Further sightings of Hobby included one chasing Swifts over Harleston, 11 May, and one at Oulton Marshes, 14 May. A Buzzard was noted at Flixton (near Bungay), 12 May.

Passage waders included two Whimbrel at Castle Marsh, 8 May, with four present the following day, and a Green Sandpiper at Oulton Marshes, 14 May.

Finally, the escaped drake Wood Duck remained at Oulton Marshes until 9 May.

1 to 7 May

A White Stork, first seen in the valley over Blundeston at 9.45am on 5 May, and later the same day at Aldeby landfill site, spent most of the remainder of the week at Aldeby shooting lakes, with occasional flights across the river over Castle Marsh, North Cove (it landed briefly on Castle Marsh, 7 May) and further afield into north-east Suffolk. A Spoonbill was also present at Aldeby shooting lakes, 6 and 7 May, and two Little Egrets were seen at Oulton Marshes, 4 May. A Cattle Egret was also reported at Chedgrave Marshes, 1 May.

A late male Hen Harrier was seen at Carlton Marshes, 1 May, while a Hobby was noted at Castle Marsh, 6 May. Barn Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes, 4 May, and Castle Marsh (two), 6 May.

Counts of migrant Whimbrel at Castle Marsh included 16, 3 May, and five, 6 May.Greenshanks were present at Carlton Marshes (three) and Oulton Marshes, 1 May, with a Green Sandpiper at Oulton Marshes, 1 and 2 May, and counts of Common Sandpiper at the same site of 11, 1 May; two, 2 May and three, 4 May. A count of waders at Burgh Castle Flats, 2 May, included three Spotted Redshank, three Avocet, one Common Sandpiper, 22 Greenshank, one Whimbrel, one Bar-tailed Godwit and 31 Black-tailed Godwit, while 92 Black-tailed Godwit were present at the same site, 5 May. A Bar-tailed Godwit was a good record for Weybread GP, 7 May, with a Common Sandpiper and a pair of Oystercatchers busy tending three recently-hatched young also noted.

A late Fieldfare was seen at Fisher Row, Oulton, 4 May. More seasonable records included a Turtle Dove at Belton Common, 1 May; four Yellow Wagtails at Oulton Marshes, 4 May; two singing Grasshopper Warblers at Castle Marsh, 6 May, and a singing Nightingale at Weybread GP, 7 May. Swifts still remained thin on the ground at the beginning of the week, with one over Carlton Marshes, 1 May, and two at Castle Marsh, 3 May, but three over St Paul’s Close, Beccles, 6 May, heralded the start of a mass arrival, with others reported over Castle Marsh (20), Harleston (eight) and Outney Common, Bungay (three) the following day.Records of Cuckoo included five at Oulton Marshes, 4 May, two at Castle Marsh, 6 May, and one at Outney Common, 7 May. Cetti’s Warblers were reported from Carlton Marshes (two), 1 May, Burgh Castle, 2 May, and Castle Marsh (two), 6 May. A hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow was present in the garden of the Church Farm pub, Burgh Castle, 2 May.

Finally, the escaped drake Wood Duck remained at Oulton Marshes all week.

24 to 30 April

A Nightingale was singing on Outney Common, Bungay, 25 and 26 April. Yellow Wagtails were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes, 24 April; Oulton Marshes (three), 25 April, and Carlton Marshes, 29 April, while Wheatears were noted at Oulton Marshes, 24 April, and Carlton Marshes (four) and Ashby, 29 April. Two Cuckoos were present at Carlton Marshes, 25 April, with one at Shipmeadow the following day. Three Kingfishers were seen along the river at Shipmeadow, 25 April.

An Osprey flew north along Oulton Dyke at Oulton Marshes at 10.30am on 24 April, and a Red Kite flew north over Herringfleet Marshes at 1.10pm on the same day. Single Hobbys were seen at Oulton Marshes, 24 April and Carlton Marshes, 29 April, and a Peregrine was noted at Herringfleet, also 24 April. Buzzards were seen at Ashby (three) and Oulton Marshes, 24 April, and Carlton Marshes (three), 25 April. A Barn Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 29 April.

A Little Egret was seen at Oulton Marshes, 24 April. Whimbrel were recorded at Castle Marsh, North Cove (18) and Oulton Marshes (four), 24 April, and Castle Marsh (ten) and Carlton Marshes, 25 April. A Greenshank flew over Oulton Marshes, with probably the same bird also noted at Carlton Marshes, 25 April. Common Sandpipers were present at Oulton Marshes on 25 April (two), 29 April and 30 April (eight), while one was also present at Weybread GP, 25 April, .

Finally, the drake Wood Duck remained at Oulton Marshes until 29 April.

17 to 23 April

Five Black Terns were seen at Flixton GP, 22 April, with one still present the following day, while a single Black Tern and 37 Common Terns were present at the Ocean Pit, Weybread, also 22 April.

The first Hobby of the year was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 21 April. Red Kites were recorded at Barsham, 17 April, and Worlingham, 22 April, and two Peregrines were seen together at Ashby, 19 April. Buzzards were much in evidence: Flixton GP (seven) and Earsham GP, 17 April; Ashby (13), 19 April; Barsham Marshes, 20 April; Blundeston (two), 22 April, and Oulton Marshes, 23 April, and Marsh Harriers were recorded from Burgh Castle (two) and Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville (two), 20 April; Carlton Marshes (two), 21 April, and Oulton Marshes, 23 April. The escaped Harris’ Hawk was again displaying at Ashby, 19 April.A Barn Owl was hunting at Castle Marsh, 23 April.

Migrant waders included two Whimbrel at Castle Marsh, 17 April, while 11 Whimbrel, one Greenshank, one Green Sandpiper, 15 Avocet and 40 Black-tailed Godwit were noted at Burgh Castle, 20 April. The first Common Sandpiper was seen at Oulton Marshes, 20 April, with two present, along with a Green Sandpiper, 22 April. Four Green Sandpipers were noted at Flixton GP, 17 April, while a Common Sandpiper was seen at Ocean Pit, Weybread, 21 April, with two present the following day. A Little Egret was present at Oulton Marshes, 23 April. The long-staying drake Wood Duck at Oulton Broad had relocated to Oulton Marshes from 20 April.

Wheatears were noted at Barsham Marshes (two), 17 April, with one on 22 April; Ashby, 19 April, and Oulton Marshes (three), 20 April. Three Yellow Wagtails were seen at Flixton GP, 17 April, with two at Oulton Marshes the following day, one, 21 April, and three, 22 April, and three at Peto’s Marsh, 20 April. Cuckoos were heard at Oulton Marshes and Geldeston, 18 April, with two at Oulton Marshes, 22 April, and two at Barsham Marshes and one at Castle Marsh, 23 April. The first Reed Warbler of the spring was noted at Burgh Castle, 17 April, while four Whitethroats were present at Fisher Row, Oulton, 18 April (the first was belatedly reported from the same site on 6 April), and a Garden Warbler was recorded along Marsh Lane, Worlingham, 21 April. Singing Grasshopper Warblers included five at Oulton Marshes and four at Sprat’s Water, Carlton Colville, 22 April, and one at Castle Marsh, 23 April. Finally singing Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Fisher Row, Oulton (four), 20 April, and at Barsham Marshes (two), 23 April.

10 to 16 April

The highlight of the week was seen by few, much to the disappointment of many. An Oriental Turtle Dove was present in a garden at Barsham from 13 to 15 April, but when news belatedly broke it could not be located despite extensive searching on 16 April. (For photos see Birdline East Anglia’s Suffolk bird news page www.birdlineeastanglia.co.uk)

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen near the Cherry Lane Garden Centre at Fritton, 12 April, and an Osprey flew over Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 15 April. Buzzards were noted at Flixton GP (three), 10 April, and Worlingham (seven), 13 April.

Two late Waxwings were present in St Paul’s Close, Beccles, 13 April. A Ring Ouzel was seen at Fisher Row, Oulton, 13 April, and three Wheatears were present at nearby Oulton Marshes, 16 April. The first Cuckoos were reported from Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 16 April. Two male Yellow Wagtails were present at Flixton GP, 12 April. Singing Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Geldeston Marshes (three), 10 April, and Aldeby Marshes (four), 11 April.

Notable migrant waders included six Bar-tailed Godwits at Burgh Castle, 11 April, and four Green Sandpipers at Flixton GP, 12 April. A Little Egret was noted at Earsham, 10 April, and an adult Little Gull was present at Flixton GP on the same day.

3 to 9 April

The wide-ranging first-winter White-tailed Eagle which spent the winter in Hampshire was observed over Blundeston and Carlton Colville, 4 April. A Red Kite flew over Carlton Marshes, 3 April. Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes (four) and Burgh Castle (three), 4 April, and Castle Marshes, North Cove (three), 6 April, while Buzzards were recorded at Flixton GP (six), Ashby (five) and Somerleyton (two), 3 April, Oulton Marshes (three), 4 April, and Carlton Marshes (three) and Castle Marshes, 6 April. An escaped Harris’ Hawk was seen at Ashby, 3 April. Barn Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes (five), 3 April, and Beccles Marshes, 7 April.

Two Cranes flew north-west over Somerleyton Church, 3 April, while Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 6 April, and Earsham (two), 9 April. A late flock of 26 Golden Plovers was present at Harleston, 4 April. A count of waders at Burgh Castle on 4 April, included 200 Black-tailed Godwits, eight Avocets, 27 Curlews and 20 Redshanks, with three Redshanks also noted at Castle Marshes, North Cove, 3 April. Green Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP (three) and Earsham GP, 3 April, and at Oulton Marshes (two) the following day. The first Common Tern was back at Weybread GP, 8 April.

Migrant Wheatears were present at Harleston, 3 and 4 April, and at Barsham Marshes, 8 April. A male Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Oulton Marshes, 3 April, with an early Yellow Wagtail present at the same site, 8 April. Four House Martins were amongst a flock of 25 Swallows at Weybread GP, 4 April. Records of Brambling included two along Oak Lane, Beccles, 5 and 6 April, and one at Fisher Row, Oulton, 6 April. Finally, male Cetti’s Warblers were singing at Herringfleet Marshes, 3 April, and Geldeston Marshes, 8 April.

27 March to 2 April

The highlight of the week was a short-staying Cattle Egret seen following a plough with gulls on Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville, 28 March. A Little Egret was present at Oulton Marshes, 27 and 29 March.

Early-returning summer migrants included a singing male Sedge Warbler at Barsham Marshes, 27 March, and two Swallows at Carlton Marshes and a singing male Willow Warbler at North Cove SWT reserve, 1 April. A male Wheatear was present at Peto’s Marsh and two Black Redstarts were seen near Buttermere Way, Carlton Colville, 27 March. Two Water Pipits were present at Oulton Marshes, 27 March, with three at Carlton Marshes on the same day, while a White Wagtail was seen at Carlton Marshes, 27 March and 1 April. Two Bramblings were recorded at Fisher Row, Oulton, 27 April, and a Lesser Redpoll was noted flying over Oulton Marshes the following day. A Bearded Tit was seen at Herringfleet Marshes, 29 March, while a count of eight Cetti’s Warblers was made at Carlton Marshes on the same day. A Kingfisher was noted at Oulton Marshes, 2 April.

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove and a Red Kite flew over Carlton Marshes, 29 March. Buzzards were much in evidence with records from Flixton (near Bungay) (three), Barsham Marshes (three) and Oulton Marshes (three), 27 March, Herringfleet (three), 29 March, Carlton Marshes, 1 April, and Ashby (four), 2 April. A Barn Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 29 March.

The adult Whooper Swan was again present at Carlton Marshes, 2 April. Notable waders included two Spotted Redshanks, two Black-tailed Godwits and 40 Avocets at Burgh Castle, 29 March. A Dunlin was seen at Flixton GP, 27 March, while Green Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP and Oulton Marshes, 27 March, and Earsham GP (two) the following day.Finally, a Woodcock was flushed at Oulton Marshes, 29 March.

20 to 26 March

The male Ferruginous Duck was back at Oulton Marshes, 26 March. A Whooper Swan was present at Carlton Marshes, 22 March, and redhead Goosanders were seen at Earsham GP, 20 March, and Weybread GP the following day. Two pairs of Egyptian Geese with recently-fledged young were noted at Weybread GP, 25 March.

A Lapland Bunting (fly-over) and a White Wagtail were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 20 March, and two Rock Pipits at Flixton GP and four Bramblings at North Cove SWT reserve were noted on the same day. A singing Blackcap and a Lesser Redpoll were present at Fisher Row, Oulton, 22 March, and three Bearded Tits were calling by the river at Carlton Marshes, 23 March. A flock of ten Crossbills was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 25 March.A Black Redstart was present at Foxglove Close, Worlingham and 30 Sand Martins were back at Flixton GP 26 March. Singing Cetti’s Warblers were much in evidence with five at Carlton Marshes and three at Barsham Marshes, 22 March, and two at Oulton Marshes and one at Fisher Row, 25 March. Kingfishers were reported from Weybread GP, 20 March, and Oulton Marshes, 24 March.

Four adult Little Gulls were feeding at Weybread GP, 25 March. A Jack Snipe was flushed at Carlton Marshes, 21 March. Green Sandpipers were noted at Flixton GP (five), 20 March, and Oulton Marshes, 22 March, and Woodcock were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 20 March, and Oulton Marshes and Waveney Forest (found dead), 25 March. Records of Little Egret included one at Carlton Marshes, 20 March, and two at Oulton Marshes and one at Mendham Marshes, 25 March.

An immature Red Kite flew north-east over Carlton Marshes, 22 March. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew east at Needham, 21 March, and sightings of Marsh Harrier included four at Carlton Marshes, 22 March, and one at Mendham Marshes, 25 March. Buzzards were noted at Flixton GP (four), 20 March, Blundeston Marshes, 22 March, and Ashby (three) and Oulton Marshes, 23 March. Barn Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes (two), 20 March, and Ashby, 25 March.

13 to 19 March

The male Ferruginous Duck remained at Oulton Marshes until 18 March, and a redhead Goosander and female Goldeneye were present at Weybread GP, 19 March.

The first singing Chiffchaff in the valley was heard at North Cove SWT reserve, 13 March. A Grey Wagtail present at Flixton GP on the same day. Water Pipits were seen at Carlton Marshes, 16 March, and Oulton Marshes, 19 March. Other notable passerines recorded at Oulton Marshes included three Cetti’s Warblers, 13 March, and a Grey Wagtail, 19 March. A Firecrest was present along Church Lane, Oulton, 19 March.

Single Green Sandpipers were seen at Flixton GP, 13 March, and Oulton Marshes, 18 March, with a Little Egret also noted at Oulton Marshes, 18 March. Finally a Woodcock was flushed at nearby Fisher Row the following day.

6 – 12 March

The adult Ross’ Goose, accompanied by 5,000 Pink-footed Geese, was back at Haddiscoe Marshes, 6 and 7 March, and two Bewick’s Swans were also seen on these marshes, 6 March. The male Ruddy Shelduck was present again at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 11 March, and a flock of 25 Barnacle Geese flew over. The male Ferruginous Duck remained at Oulton Marshes throughout the week, and five Goosanders were seen at Fritton Decoy, 9 March.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was reported again at Haddiscoe Marshes, 6 March, and at nearby Somerleyton, 10 March. Single Marsh Harriers was seen at Carlton Marshes, 8 March, and Barsham Marshes, 12 March, while two Buzzards were noted at Barsham Marshes, 7 March. Barn Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes, 7 March, and Carlton Marshes, 8 March.

A flock of 20 Black-tailed Godwits flew over Castle Marsh, 11 March, and Green Sandpipers were noted at Flixton GP, 6 March, and Oulton Marshes (two), 9 March. A Woodcock was flushed from woodland at Flixton (near Bungay), 6 March. A Little Egret flew west over Redenhall and two were present at Oulton Marshes, 12 March.

A Grey Wagtail was seen at Flixton GP, 6 March, and three Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 7 March. A Kingfisher was noted at Carlton Marshes, 8 March, as were five singing male Cetti’s Warblers, a Chiffchaff and two male Stonechats, 12 March.

27 February to 5 March

The male Ferruginous Duck remained all week at Oulton Marshes. Seven redhead Goosanders were seen on the river at Beccles, 28 February, and almost certainly the same seven birds flew over Barsham Marshes, 5 March. The redhead Goldeneye from last week remained at Weybread GP until 4 March. 59 Bewick’s Swans (in two flocks of 35 and 24) flew east over Oulton Marshes, 5 March, and the feral Ruddy Shelduck was present again at Oulton Marshes, 28 February.

Single Peregrines were seen over Oulton Marshes, 27 February, and Mendham Marshes, 4 March, while Buzzards were noted at Fisher Row, Oulton, 27 February, and Shipmeadow (three), 3 March. Barn Owls were recorded at Barsham Marshes, 28 February, and Oulton Marshes (two), 5 March.

Notable waders included a Spotted Redshank at Burgh Castle Flats, a Green Sandpiper at Oulton Marshes, and a Dunlin at Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville, 27 February, while four Woodcock were seen at Oulton Marshes, 4 March. Two Little Egrets were present at Oulton Marshes, 1 to 4 March.

A Brambling was seen at Weybread GP, 27 February, a flock of 50 Yellowhammers along Cut Throat Lane, Beccles, 3 March, and a Stonechat at Oulton Marshes, 5 March. Kingfishers were noted at Weybread GP (two) and Oulton Marshes, 4 March, and Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (three), 27 February, Beccles, 28 February, and Oulton Marshes, 4 March.

20 to 26 February

A male Ferruginous Duck was a good find at Oulton Marshes, 21 February, where it remained for the rest of the week. The only other wildfowl of note was a female Goldeneye at Weybread GP, 26 February.

The wintering Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Thorpe Marshes, 22 February, and a ringtail Hen Harrier was noted at Oulton Marshes, 26 February. Buzzards were recorded at Ashby and Earsham, 20 February, and Fisher Row, Oulton, 22 February, with Barn Owls at Somerleyton, 20 February, and Oulton Marshes (two), 26 February.

Notable waders included 21 Dunlin at Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville, 22 February, with a Knot and a Ringed Plover present there, 24 February, while Woodcock were noted at Carlton Marshes and Fisher Row (two), 24 February. Two Little Egrets were present at Oulton Marshes, 21, 24 and 26 February.

A flock of 60 Siskins and a Cetti’s Warbler were recorded at Barsham Marshes, 20 February.A Water Pipit was present at Oulton Marshes, 21 and 22 February, with two Stonechats noted there, 24 February, and a Cetti’s Warbler, 26 February. A single Stonechat was also present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 21 February, together with a Bearded Tit, and finally two Grey Wagtails were seen at Weybread Mill, 25 February.

13 to 19 February

The Rough-legged Buzzard was again seen at Fritton Marshes, 16 February, together with a male and a ringtail Hen Harrier. Single Buzzards were noted at Flixton GP, 13 February, and Somerleyton the following day, and an escaped Harris’ Hawk was seen along Marsh Lane, Flixton (near Lowestoft), 18 February. A Barn Owl was hunting along Upper Harman’s Lane, Needham, 16 February, and two were seen at Oulton Marshes, 18 February.

Notable passerines included three Water Pipits and a Cetti’s Warbler at Oulton Marshes, 14 February, with two Stonechats present on 16 February, and single Grey Wagtails at Flixton GP, 13 February, and by the river at Hoxne, 19 February.

Four Green Sandpipers and two Redshanks were present at Flixton GP, 13 February, and nine Oystercatchers were busy setting up their territories at Weybread, 18 February. A Bittern was seen at Castle Marsh, 15 February, while Little Egrets were present at Somerleyton Marshes, 14 February, and Oulton Marshes (two), 16 and 18 February.

Finally, the feral male Ruddy Shelduck was seen at Oulton Marshes, 14 February, before returning to its regular haunt at Castle Marsh, North Cove, where it was present the following day, and an escaped male Chiloe Wigeon was noted at Flixton GP, 13 February.

6 to 12 February

The wintering Rough-legged Buzzard was again noted at Thorpe Marshes, 9 February.
A Red Kite was seen at Worlingham, 6 February, with it, or possibly another, seen at Herringfleet on the same day. A male Merlin was present at Fritton Marshes, 11 February, and a Merlin was also recorded at nearby Belton Marshes on the same day. A ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting over fields at Ashby, 8 February, while a Marsh Harrier was present at Carlton Marshes on the same day. Buzzards were noted at Worlingham, 6 February, and Blundeston (two), Somerleyton and Burgh Castle, 8 February. Barn Owls were watched hunting at Carlton Marshes, 8 February, and Oulton Marshes the following day.

A flock of 11 Waxwings was seen at Parkhill, Oulton, 12 February. A Brambling was feeding in a member’s garden at Worlingham, 6 February, and a Lesser Redpoll was present at Weybread GP, 11 February. Other notable passerines included a Stonechat and six Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes, 8 February.

A movement of Bewick’s Swans over Thorpe Marshes involved 36 flying east and a further 11 flying north-east, 8 February. Two Little Egrets were present at Oulton Marshes, 9 February, and one was seen at Mendham Marshes, 11 February. The first Oystercatcher of the year was back on its territory at Weybread GP, 11 February.

30 January to 5 February

The adult Ross’ Goose and 600 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east over Haddiscoe Marshes early morning on 30 January, while the feral male Ruddy Shelduck was still present at Castle Marsh, North Cove on the same day. Other feral wildfowl included the long-staying male Swan Goose at Harleston Marshes and a Bar-headed Goose at Flixton GP, 30 January, three Whooper Swans, two Bar-headed Geese and a Lesser White-fronted Goose at Earsham the following day, and three Pink-footed Geese accompanying a flock of Canada Geese at Mendham Marshes, 5 February.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was again seen at Thorpe Marshes, 30 January. Two Peregrines (an adult and a first-winter male) and a Buzzard were observed flying over Laurel’s Farm, Shipmeadow, 2 February. Buzzards were also noted at Castle Marsh, 2 February, and Blundeston (two) and Fisher Row, Oulton, 3 February, while Marsh Harriers were seen at Barsham Marshes (two females), Castle Marsh, North Cove and Herringfleet Marshes, 30 January, and Burgh Castle, 3 February. Barn Owls were hunting at Barsham Marshes (two) and Castle Marsh, 30 January, and Earsham the following day.

A flock of 17 Waxwings flew over Haddiscoe railway station, 31 January. Counts of 200 Reed Buntings, 200 Yellowhammers and 50 Siskins, together with four Bearded Tits were made at Barsham Marshes, 30 January. A single Bearded Tit was also noted at Burgh Castle the following day, while a Rock Pipit was recorded there, 3 February. Other notable passerines included a Grey Wagtail at Flixton GP and a Stonechat at Castle Marsh, 30 January, a male Brambling at North Cove SWT reserve, 2 February, and a male Lesser Redpoll at Weybread GP, 5 February.

Little Egrets were seen at Stow Fen, Bungay (two) and St Olaves, 31 January, Oulton Marshes, 3 February, and Mendham Marshes, 5 February. Two Green Sandpipers and three Redshank were noted at Flixton GP, 30 January, while a count of waders at Burgh Castle Flats, 3 February, included 32 Avocet, 227 Black-tailed Godwit and 70 Dunlin. In addition, seven Woodcock were flushed in woods at Flixton (near Bungay), 30 January, while single birds were noted at Herringfleet Marshes and Shipmeadow, 4 February.

23 to 29 January

An adult Ross’ Goose was feeding with 3,000 Pink-footed Geese at Haddiscoe Marshes, 25 to 29 January. In addition, two White-fronted Geese were present at Haddiscoe Marshes, 25 and 27 January, and 110 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Laurel’s Farm, Shipmeadow, 27 January. A count of wildfowl at Geldeston Marshes, 28 January, produced 450 Wigeon, 175 Gadwall, 125 Teal, 16 Pintail and an escaped White-cheeked Pintail.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was recorded again at Haddiscoe Marshes, 25 and 29 January, and a Peregrine was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 24 January. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew south over Langley Marshes, 28 January, while Marsh Harriers were recorded at Haddiscoe Marshes (five), 25 January, and Chedgrave and Langley Marshes, 28 January.

A Brambling, three Lesser Redpolls and 50 Siskins were seen at North Cove SWT reserve, 24 January, while two Bramblings were noted at Barnby and nine Lesser Redpolls at Barsham Marshes the following day, and a further Brambling was recorded at Barsham, 28 February. Four Bearded Tits were seen at Barsham Marshes, 28 January, while single Kingfishers were noted at Weybread GP, 24 January, and at Oulton Marshes the following day.

Noteworthy waders included five Ruff at Burgh Castle Flats, 23 January, with two Avocets and 27 Black-tailed Godwits noted at the same site, 28 January, and four Black-tailed Godwits were also present at Geldeston Marshes on the same day. Single Little Egrets were seen at Mendham Marshes, 24 January, and Oulton Marshes, 28 January.

16 to 22 January

Bitterns were recorded from the unusual locations of Barsham Marshes, 18 January, and Weybread GP, 21 January, while one was again seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 19 January. Single Little Egrets were present at Oulton Marshes, 17 to 20 January, and Mendham Marshes, 22 January.

A Little Stint, accompanied by a Dunlin and three Redshanks, was an unusual mid-winter find at Oulton Marshes, 19 January, while two Green Sandpipers were present at the same location, 18 January. Water Rails were noted at Oulton Marshes, 17 January, Fisher Row, Oulton, 19 January, and North Cove SWT reserve, 20 January.

A flock of 15 Waxwings was present near Beccles Library, 22 January. Bearded Tits were noted at Fritton, 16 January, and at Barsham Marshes (two), 19 January, and a Cetti’s Warbler was recorded at Oulton Marshes, 18 January. Kingfishers were seen at Barsham Marshes (two), 19 January, Mendham Marshes (two), 21 January, and Weybread GP, 22 January. A Brambling was noted at North Cove SWT reserve, 16 January, and Stonechats were present at Castle Marsh, 19 January, and Oulton Marshes (two), 20 January.

A Merlin was seen at Belton Marshes, 16 January, and ringtail Hen Harriers were recorded at Fritton (two), 16 January, Oulton Marshes, 18 January, and Castle Marsh, 19 January. Marsh Harriers were noted at Barsham Marshes and Castle Marsh (two), 19 January, and Belton Marshes, 22 January. Single Barn Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes, 16 January, Oulton Marshes, 17 and 18 January, and Weybread GP, 21 and 22 January.

Five White-fronted Geese were present at Outney Common, Bungay, 16 January, together with a redhead Goosander and 155 Teal. A count of wildfowl at Geldeston Marshes, 19 January, included 285 Wigeon, 171 Gadwall and 68 Teal. Finally, feral wildfowl included a Lesser White-fronted Goose at Outney Common, 16 January, a Ruddy Shelduck at Castle Marsh, 18 to 20 January, and a male Swan Goose at Weybread GP, 21 and 22 January.

9 to 15 January

Waxwing sightings included 42 at the junction of Beccles Road and Hollow Grove Way, Carlton Colville, 9 January; 20 along Bloodmoor Road, Carlton Colville, 10 January; 33 at St Paul’s Close, Beccles, 12 January, and one briefly at Cherrywood, Harleston, 14 January. A Brambling was seen at Fisher Row, Oulton, 13 January, and a Kingfisher at Carlton Marshes, 9 January.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was present again at Thorpe Marshes, 9 January, and Haddiscoe Marshes, 10 January. Other reported raptors included a Red Kite at Somerleyton, 11 January, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Ashby, 10 January, and two Marsh Harriers at Herringfleet Marshes, 9 January.

A Little Egret and a Water Rail were noted at Oulton Marshes, 14 January.

2 to 8 January

A group of 18 Taiga Bean Geese were present at Belton Marshes, 2 January, with 41 White-fronted Geese noted the following day. Seven White-fronted Geese were also recorded at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 4 January, and a flock of 80 Pink-footed Geese was seen at Fisher Row, Oulton, 2 January. A male Scaup was present at Weybread GP, 2 January, while four redhead Goosanders were seen on the river at North Cove, 3 January, with one still present the following day. A count of eight Muscovy Ducks was made at Beccles Quay, 8 January.

Waxwings returned in force with counts of 45, 4 January, 56, 5 January, and 67, 8 January, from the Beccles Road / Hollow Grove Way area of Carlton Colville. Also 15 were noted at Harleston Primary School, 4 January. Single Kingfishers were seen at Weybread GP, 2 January, and Carlton Marshes, 4 January, with three Cetti’s Warblers also recorded at the later site on the same day. Bearded Tits were noted at Oulton Marshes (two), 2 January, Barsham Marshes (two), 3 January, and Carlton Marshes (five), 4 January, while single Stonechats were seen at Carlton Marshes, 3 January, and Oulton Marshes the following day.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was recorded again at Thorpe Marshes, 4 January. Single Marsh Harriers were seen at Oulton Marshes, 2 January, and Carlton Marshes, 4 January, while single Buzzards were noted at Roos Hall, Beccles and Geldeston Locks, 3 January. An escaped Harris Hawk was observed feeding on a rabbit carcass at Herringfleet, 3 January.Single Barn Owls were noted along Low Road, Harleston, 3 January, and Carlton Marshes, 4 January, while two were also seen at Oulton Marshes, 4 January.

A Bittern flew south over Fisher Row, 2 January, while one was also observed in flight at Fritton Marshes, 5 January, and a Little Egret was seen at Oulton Marshes, 6 January. Water Rails were noted at Weybread GP (one), 2 January, Carlton Marshes (three) and Oulton Marshes (one), 4 January, and Fisher Row (one), 6 January. Four Woodcock were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 4 January, and finally three Dunlin were seen at Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville on the same day.