Bird Sightings 2017

 

19 to 25 November 2017

19 to 25 November 2017

A ringtail Hen Harrier and a Peregrine were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 19 November and a Marsh Harrier at Oulton Marshes, 25 November.

Two Lesser Redpolls were noted at Lopham Fen and a Grey Wagtail and a Cetti’s Warbler at Redgrave Fen, 19 November. Stonechats were recorded at Lopham Fen, 19 November and Oulton Marshes (two), 25 November, Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 19 November and Carlton Marshes, 23 November and Kingfishers at Beccles Quay and Redgrave Fen, 19 November.

An impressive count of 265 Snipe was made at Carlton Marshes and a single Ruff was seen at Haddiscoe Island, 19 November.

Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Carlton Marshes (800), 19 November and Somerleyton Marshes (350), 21 November.

Finally, a Little Egret was seen at Lopham Fen, 19 November.

Photo of Hen Harrier © Shutterstock/Kippy Spilker

 

12 to 18 November 2017

12 to 18 November 2017

A Hawfinch was seen in a garden at Beccles, 17 November, while a female Ring-necked Parakeet fed in gardens along Hall Road, Oulton, 14 and 15 November. A Lesser Redpoll was noted at North Cove SWT reserve, 12 November and a Cetti’s Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 16 November. Stonechats were recorded at Lopham Fen (two), 12 November, Carlton Marshes, 15 November and Oulton Marshes, 17 November, Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 15 November and Carlton Marshes, 16 November and Kingfishers at Beccles Quay (two), 12 November and Carlton Marshes, 16 November.

Pink-footed Geese were seen at Oulton Marshes (1000), 16 November and Somerleyton Marshes (60) and St Olaves (50), 18 November, Little Egrets at Carlton Marshes (three), 16 November and Blundeston Marshes, 18 November and a single Black-tailed Godwit was present at Carlton Marshes, 15 November.

Marsh Harriers were reported from Lopham Fen (two) and Carlton Marshes, 15 November and Haddiscoe Island (three), 17 November and Barn Owls from Haddiscoe Island (two) and Carlton Marshes, 17 November.

 

5 to 11 November 2017

5 to 11 November 2017

Single Bramblings were seen at Redgrave Fen, 6 November and Ditchingham, 9 November, a Lesser Redpoll at North Cove SWT reserve, 10 November and three Water Pipits at Carlton Marshes, 11 November. Stonechats were recorded at Fritton Marshes, 5 November, Castle Marsh, North Cove, 6 November and Carlton Marshes (four), 11 November; Cetti’s Warbler at Lopham Fen, 5 November, Castle Marsh (two) and Redgrave Fen, 6 November, Herringfleet Marshes, 10 November and Oulton Marshes (six), 11 November; Bearded Tits at Fritton Marshes (two), 5 November, Lopham Fen (five) and Castle Marsh (two), 6 November and Carlton Marshes (six), 11 November and Kingfishers at Lopham Fen, 5 November and Burgh Castle (two), 11 November. Also of note was a pre-roost count of 100 Pied Wagtails at Lopham Fen, 5 November.

Raptor highlights included a Peregrine at Castle Marsh, 6 November, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 8 November and a Red Kite at Lopham Fen, 11 November. Marsh Harriers were reported from Lopham Fen (three), 5 November, Castle Marsh (two), 6 November, Haddiscoe Island (two), 8 November and Burgh Castle and Oulton Marshes, 11 November and Barn Owls from Lopham Fen, 5 November, Haddiscoe Island, 8 November and Burgh Castle and Oulton Marshes, 11 November.

Bitterns were seen at Carlton Marshes, 8 November and Oulton Marshes, 11 November and Little Egrets at Castle Marsh, 6 November (two), Lopham Fen, 9 November and Burgh Castle, 11 November.

Woodcock were noted at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 5 November, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 6 November and Burgh Castle, 11 November and a flock of 300 Golden Plovers was present by Ellough Road, Worlingham and a Redshank at Castle Marsh, 6 November.

 

29 October to 4 November 2017

29 October to 4 November 2017

Notable passerines recorded at Carlton Marshes included five Water Pipits and 11 Cetti’s Warblers, 30 October, 18 Bearded Tits, 31 October and eight Lesser Redpolls and five Stonechats, 1 November. Elsewhere, a Grey Wagtail was noted at Ellingham Mill, 29 October, two Cetti’s Warblers at Haddiscoe Island, 1 November, 30 Siskins at Blundeston, 2 November, Stonechats at Oulton Marshes (two), 31 October, Haddiscoe Island, 1 November and Lopham Fen (two), 3 November and Bearded Tits at Haddiscoe Island (12) and Burgh Castle (two), 1 November. Kingfishers were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 1 November and Carlton Marshes the following day.

A Great White Egret was present at Carlton Marshes, 1 November and a Bittern at Oulton Marshes, 3 November, while Little Egrets were reported from Burgh Castle (three) and Haddiscoe Island (two), 1 November and Carlton Marshes (two) and Lopham Fen (two), 3 November.

Hen Harriers were seen at Carlton Marshes (male), 30 October, Fritton Marshes (ringtail), 31 October and Haddiscoe Island, 1 November and Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes (three), Haddiscoe Island (two) and Burgh Castle, 1 November.

Waders included a Woodcock at Carlton Marshes, 31 October, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, two Curlews, ten Redshanks and 20 Dunlin at Burgh Castle and two Curlews at Haddiscoe Island, 1 November and 28 Snipe and a Redshank at Carlton Marshes, 3 November.

Finally, Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Carlton Marshes (three), 29 October, Ashby (500) and Blundeston (60), 30 October.

 

22 to 28 October 2017

22 to 28 October 2017

A Great Grey Shrike was seen at Oulton Marshes, 27 October. At nearby Carlton Marshes, the first Fieldfare of the autumn was recorded on 23 October, along with 40 Bearded Tits, and a Ring Ouzel, two Water Pipits and five Stonechats, 25 October and a Brambling and ten Cetti’s Warblers, 26 October. Elsewhere, a Brambling and seven Lesser Redpolls were noted at Lopham Fen, 24 October, a Grey Wagtail at Diss Mere, 23 October, Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen (three) and Redgrave Fen (two), 24 October and Oulton Marshes (five), 26 October, Stonechats at Lopham Fen, 24 October and Oulton Marshes (two), 26 October, Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen (two) and Redgrave Fen (two), 24 October and a Kingfisher at Redgrave Fen, 24 October.

The first Whooper Swans of the autumn were recorded at Beccles (five flew west), 23 October and St Olaves (six flew north), 24 October and 50 Pink-footed Geese flew west at Earsham, 25 October. A flock of 300 Golden Plovers was present off Ellough Road, Worlingham, 23 October and four Black-tailed Godwits at Carlton Marshes, 27 October. Bitterns were seen at North Cove, 22 October and Oulton Marshes, 26 October and two Little Egrets were present at Redgrave Fen, 24 October.

A Peregrine was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 23 October, two Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes, 25 October and three Short-eared Owls at Oulton Marshes, 26 October.

 

15 to 21 October 2017

15 to 21 October 2017

The first Hawfinches from a major national influx reached the valley on 15 October, with one noted over Haddiscoe Island and it, or another, flew south over nearby Thorpe-next Haddiscoe. Further notable passerines recorded at Haddiscoe Island on 15 October included two Lapland Buntings, a Wheatear, a Reed Warbler, four Water Pipits, six Rock Pipits, 197 Bearded Tits and eight Stonechats. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Oulton and two Water Pipits at Carlton Marshes, 15 October, a Brambling at St Olaves, 19 October and a late House Martin at Carlton Marshes, 21 October. Stonechats were noted at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe (two), 15 October and Carlton Marshes (four), 21 October; Bearded Tits at Burgh Castle, 19 October and Carlton Marshes (five), 21 October; Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes, 15 October and Herringfleet Marshes (five), 17 October and Kingfishers at Beccles Marshes and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 15 October.

A Jack Snipe, a Little Stint, two Greenshanks and three Green Sandpipers were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 15 October.

Raptors included a Hen Harrier and two Peregrines at Haddiscoe Island, 15 October, with a further Peregrine at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 20 October, while Marsh Harriers were noted at Herringfleet Marshes, 17 October, Somerleyton Marshes, 19 October and Carlton Marshes (three), 21 October. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 15 October.

Finally, a Little Egret was present at Carlton Marshes, 21 October.

 

8 to 14 October 2017

8 to 14 October 2017

Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Burgh Castle, 10 October and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 14 October. There was a significant arrival of Redwings on 8 October, with 150 over Carlton Marshes, 37 west at Worlingham, 18 at St Olaves and 12 west at Beccles Common. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Redgrave Fen, 9 October and four late Swallows at Fritton, five Stonechats at Carlton Marshes and a Kingfisher at Belton Marshes, 13 October. Bearded Tits were recorded at Carlton Marshes (15), 8 October and Belton Marshes (ten), 13 October.

Pink-footed Geese were noted at Blundeston (60 flew west) and Carlton Marshes (nine flew over), 8 October and Somerleyton Marshes (300 flew west), 12 October.

Waders included 28 Snipe at Carlton Marshes, 8 October, three Green Sandpipers at St James South Elmham, 12 October and two Woodcock, two Curlews and 19 Snipe at Belton Marshes, 13 October.

Marsh Harriers were noted at Belton Marshes (12), 13 October and Carlton Marshes (five), 14 October, with a Barn Owl reported from St James South Elmham, 12 October.

Finally, Little Egrets were present at Redgrave Fen, 9 October and Belton Marshes (12), 13 October.

 

1 to 7 October 2017

1 to 7 October 2017

Two Little Stints remained at Carlton Marshes, 1 October, while other waders at this site included three Ruffs, three Ringed Plovers, three Black-tailed Godwits and two Dunlin, 14 Snipe, 1 October and a Grey Plover flew over on 5 October. Elsewhere, four Curlews were noted at Belton Marshes, 1 October and 20 Avocets, 70 Curlews, a Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Ringed Plovers and 20 Dunlin at Burgh Castle, 3 October.

A Richard’s Pipit was reported at Belton Marshes, 1 October. A Yellow-browed Warbler, a Firecrest and two Willow Warblers were seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton and a Rock Pipit at Belton Marshes, 1 October and a Tree Pipit flew south over Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 3 October. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Thorpe Marshes, 3 October and Carlton Marshes (two), 6 October; Bearded Tits at Belton Marshes (49), 1 October, Thorpe Marshes, 3 October and Carlton Marshes (four) and Herringfleet Marshes, 6 October; Cetti’s Warblers at Belton Marshes (two), 1 October, Carlton Marshes (four), 2 October, Thorpe Marshes (two), 3 October and Oulton Marshes, 5 October; Stonechats at Thorpe Marshes, 3 October, Oulton Marshes (two), 5 October and Carlton Marshes (two), 7 October and Kingfishers at Belton Marshes (two), 1 October and Carlton Marshes, 6 October.

A Great White Egret was seen at Carlton Marshes, 2 October, while Little Egrets were reported from Belton Marshes (nine) and Fritton Marshes, 1 October, Burgh Castle (two), 3 October, Oulton Marshes, 5 October and Carlton Marshes (two), 6 October.

Raptors included a Red Kite at Fritton Marshes, 1 October, Peregrines at Belton Marshes, 1 October and Burgh Castle, 3 October and a Merlin at Thorpe Marshes, 3 October. Hobbies were recorded at Waveney Forest (four) and St Olaves, 1 October and Marsh Harriers at Belton Marshes (nine), Fritton Marshes (three), St Olaves, 1 October, Thorpe Marshes (six), Burgh Castle, 3 October and Carlton Marshes (three), 7 October. A Short-eared Owl was seen at Thorpe Marshes, 3 October and Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes (two) and Haddiscoe Marshes, 1 October.

Finally, a flock of 60 Pink-footed Geese flew south at St Olaves, 7 October.

Photo of Little Stint © Jon Evans

 

24 to 30 September 2017

24 to 30 September 2017

The star waders were three Little Stints at Carlton Marshes, 30 September, while other waders present at this site included seven Ringed Plovers, two Dunlin and 12 Snipe, 24 September and 20 Ruffs, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Green Sandpipers and 21 Snipe, 30 September. A Green Sandpiper was noted at Redgrave Fen, 25 September.

Passerine highlights included a Yellow-browed Warbler at Burgh Castle, 30 September and a Tree Pipit, two Whinchats and two Lesser Redpolls at Carlton Marshes, 30 September. Two Stonechats were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 25 September, while Bearded Tits were noted at Lopham Fen (four), 25 September and Carlton Marshes (five), 30 September, Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen (two) and Redgrave Fen, 25 September and Carlton Marshes (eight), 30 September and Kingfishers at Beccles Marshes, 25 September and Carlton Marshes (two), 30 September.

Raptors included three Hobbies at Carlton Marshes, 27 September and Marsh Harriers at Fritton Marshes, 24 September, Lopham Fen, 25 September and Carlton Marshes (two), 30 September. A Barn Owl was noted at Carlton Marshes, 28 September.

A Bittern was seen at Carlton Marshes, 30 September, while Little Egrets were noted at Fritton Marshes (two), 24 September and Carlton Marshes (two), 25 September.

Photo of Little Stint © Jon Evans

 

17 to 23 September 2017

17 to 23 September 2017

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit and nine Dunlin, 17 September, seven Ringed Plovers, 21 September and four Ruffs, 22 September. Elsewhere, five Curlews were noted at Burgh Castle, 23 September.

Hobbies were present at Carlton Marshes, 19 September and St Olaves, 21 September and two Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes, 17 September. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 18 September, with a Barn Owl noted at the same site on 21 September.

A Grey Wagtail was seen at Worlingham and three late Reed Warblers and a Stonechat at Carlton Marshes, 17 September. Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (seven), 17 September and Burgh Castle (two), 23 September and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 17 September, Redgrave Fen, 23 September.

Finally, a Little Egret was present at Carlton Marshes, 17 September.

 

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