Bird Sightings 2017

 

7 to 13 May 2017

7 to 13 May 2017

A male and a female Red-footed Falcon flew over Carlton Marshes late morning on 10 May. Other raptor highlights included a male Hen Harrier which flew east over Worlingham Marshes, 7 May, Red Kites at Carlton Marshes, 10 May and Belton, 13 May, Hobbies at Redgrave and Lopham Fen (six) and Outney Common, Bungay, 7 May, Carlton Marshes (two), 10 May, North Cove, 11 May and Oulton Marshes and St Olaves, 13 May and Peregrines at Carlton Marshes, 8 May and North Cove, 11 May. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 13 May and Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 13 May.

A Temminck’s Stint was present at Carlton Marshes, 9 and 10 May. Other waders at Carlton Marshes included nine Whimbrels, a Grey Plover, a Turnstone, a Green Sandpiper and a Redshank, 7 May, two Common Sandpipers, 8 May, a Spotted Redshank, 9 May, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, a Curlew and a Dunlin, 10 May, seven Ringed Plovers and two Greenshanks, 11 May, a Little Ringed Plover, 12 May and two Avocets, 13 May. Elsewhere, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper were present at Redgrave Fen, 7 May, four Greenshanks and two Redshanks at Burgh Castle and a Redshank at Beccles Marshes, 9 May, a Whimbrel at North Cove, 11 May and a Common Sandpiper at Oulton Marshes, 13 May.

Cranes were noted flying over Redgrave and Lopham Fen (three), 7 May and Carlton Marshes (three), 10 May, while Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 7 May, Herringfleet Marshes, 8 May and Beccles Marshes, 9 May.

The first Spotted Flycatcher of the year was present at Carlton Marshes, 13 May. A Whinchat was seen at Carlton Marshes, 7 May and a male Blue-headed Wagtail at the same site on 13 May. Yellow Wagtails were recorded at Carlton Marshes (three), 7 May and Oulton Marshes, 11 May, with two Grey Wagtails at Weybread Mill, 13 May. Cuckoos were noted at Herringfleet Marshes, 8 May, Carlton Marshes (two) and St Olaves, 12 May and Oulton Marshes, 13 May, Grasshopper Warblers at Carlton Marshes (five), 9 May and Oulton Marshes, 13 May and Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes and Worlingham Marshes, 7 May, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 8 May, North Cove, 11 May and Oulton Marshes and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 13 May. Two Bearded Tits were seen at Oulton Marshes, 13 May.

Finally, a male Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes and a White-fronted Goose at Burgh Castle, 9 May.

Photo of male Red-footed Falcon © Jon Evans

 

30 April to 6 May 2017

30 April to 6 May 2017

There was an impressive movement of terns on 30 April, with seven Black Terns and a Little Tern recorded at Weybread GP, while at Carlton Marshes, two Little Terns were seen and 35 Arctic Terns flew south-east early afternoon.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included two Wood Sandpipers, a Turnstone, two Greenshanks and four Ringed Plovers, 29 April, three Bar-tailed Godwits, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, six Dunlin and three Redshanks, 1 May, a Spotted Redshank and two Black-tailed Godwits, 2 May and an Avocet, 6 May. Two Bar-tailed Godwits, three Grey Plovers, five Ringed Plovers and a Whimbrel were seen at Flixton GP, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, ten Whimbrels at Worlingham Marshes and three Common Sandpipers at Weybread GP, 30 April, 20 Whimbrels at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 2 May and an Avocet and a Redshank at Earsham GP, 3 May. A Redshank was noted at Oulton Marshes, 30 April, with a Common Sandpiper at the same site on 5 May.

Single Ospreys were seen at Earsham, 30 April and Carlton Marshes, 5 May, Hobbies at Burgh Castle, 30 April, Carlton Marshes, 1 May and Lopham Fen (five) and Herringfleet, 5 May and a Peregrine at Carlton Marshes, 5 May. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 2 May, while Barn Owls were reported from St James South Elmham, 30 April, Carlton Marshes, 3 May, North Cove, 5 May and Homersfield, 6 May.

Notable passerines recorded at Carlton Marshes included a male Blue-headed Wagtail (with a female present on 2 May), three Cuckoos and a Cetti’s Warbler, 30 April, seven Grasshopper Warblers, 1 May, a Stonechat, 2 May, two White Wagtails and four Yellow Wagtails, 3 May and two Ring Ouzels, 4 May. Nearby at Oulton Marshes passerines recorded on 30 April included a Yellow Wagtail, a Grasshopper Warbler, three Cuckoos, a Stonechat and a Cetti’s Warbler. Two Yellow Wagtails were present at Flixton GP, 30 April, two Wheatears at Haddiscoe Island, 1 May and two late Fieldfares at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 4 May. Cuckoos were noted at Lopham Fen and Redgrave Fen, 30 April, Flixton GP, 1 May, North Cove, 2 May, St James South Elmham, 4 May and Weybread GP, 6 May, Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen (two) and Redgrave Fen, 30 April and Kingfishers at Weybread GP, 30 April and Beccles, 1 May.

Finally, Carlton Marshes also hosted two Garganeys, 30 April and three Little Egrets, 5 May.

 

23 to 29 April 2017

23 to 29 April 2017

A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen and heard drumming at St James South Elmham, 27 to 29 April. Passerine highlights at Carlton Marshes included a male Blue-headed Wagtail, a White Wagtail and a Bearded Tit, 23 April, two Cuckoos, 24 April, two Stonechats, 26 April, five Grasshopper Warblers, 28 April and a Whinchat, four Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails and ten Cetti’s Warblers, 29 April. The first Nightingale (Broome, 28 April) and Garden Warbler (again Broome, 28 April) of the year were recorded. Elsewhere, Wheatears were noted at Ashby (three), 23 April and Castle Marsh, North Cove (six), 25 April; Cuckoos at Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 23 April; Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 28 April and Castle Marsh, 29 April; Yellow Wagtails at Castle Marsh, 25 April and Burgh Castle, 27 April; three Grasshopper Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 23 April; Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes (six), Worlingham Marshes (five) and Somerleyton, 23 April and Lopham Fen, 24 April and Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 24 April and Castle Marsh, 25 April.

Two Cranes flew south over Carlton Marshes early afternoon on 23 April. Little Egrets were reported from Carlton Marshes (two), 23 April, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 25 April and Earsham and Haddiscoe Island, 27 April, while two male Garganeys were present at Carlton Marshes, 28 April.

The first Hobby of the year was seen at Worlingham, 28 April. A Red Kite was noted at Ditchingham, 23 April and a Peregrine at Carlton Marshes, 29 April, while the escaped Harris’s Hawk from last week flew over Carlton Marshes on 25 April. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes, 23 April and Barn Owls were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 23 April and Outney Common, Bungay 25 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included 21 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank, two Ruff and a Dunlin, 23 April, two Redshanks, 25 April, 53 Whimbrel and a Little Ringed Plover, 27 April and two Green Sandpipers, 28 April. Further records of Whimbrel included one at Oulton, 28 April and 20 at Castle Marsh the following day. Two Common Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP, 23 April, a Spotted Redshank and 39 Black-tailed Godwits at Burgh Castle, four Curlews and two Redshanks at Earsham and a Redshank at Haddiscoe Island, 27 April and a Jack Snipe at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 29 April.

Photo of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker © Shutterstock/Vishnevskiy Vasily

 

16 to 22 April 2017

16 to 22 April 2017

A male Black-winged Stilt was present at Carlton Marshes, 20 April. Other waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, 17 April, a Whimbrel, 18 April, seven Black-tailed Godwits and five Redshanks, 19 April, a Ruff and two Green Sandpipers, 20 April and ten Snipe, 22 April. Elsewhere, 11 Ruff and 38 Black-tailed Godwits were present at Aldeby shooting lakes and a Dunlin at Weybread GP, 16 April, eight Whimbrel at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 21 April and single Redshanks at Beccles Marshes, 18 April and Herringfleet Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 19 April.

An immature White-tailed Eagle flew south over Fritton Marshes during the afternoon of 22 April. Other notable raptors included a ringtail Hen Harrier at Carlton Marshes, 20 April, Red Kites at Beccles, 17 April and Fritton Marshes (two), 22 April, Peregrines at Worlingham, 18 April and Oulton Marshes, 21 April and six Buzzards at Carlton Marshes, 20 April. An escaped Harris’ Hawk was seen at North Cove SWT reserve, 21 April. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes, 18 April and Barn Owls were reported from Weybread GP, 16 April, Carlton Marshes, 17 April and Lopham Fen, 18 April.

Passerine highlights included a male Ring Ouzel at Herringfleet, 19 April and a Wryneck at Carlton Marshes, 22 April. The first Cuckoo (Carlton Marshes, 20 April, with two at Carlton Marshes and one at Oulton Marshes, 21 April and one at Lopham Fen, 22 April), Swift (Carlton Marshes, 21 April) and Lesser Whitethroat (Carlton Marshes, 22 April) of the year were all recorded during the week. Eight Waxwings were seen at Bungay, 22 April. Wheatears were present at Carlton Marshes (two), 20 April and Castle Marsh, 21 April, two White Wagtails and two Yellow Wagtails were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 20 April and two Grey Wagtails at Shotford Bridge, Weybread, 16 April. Grasshopper Warblers were noted at Oulton Marshes (two), 16 April and Carlton Marshes (three), 20 April; Cetti’s Warblers at Castle Marsh and Weybread GP,16 April, Lopham Fen (two), 18 April, Carlton Marshes (17), Oulton Marshes (four), Aldeby, 19 April and Herringfleet Marshes (three) and Wheatacre Marshes, 21 April; Stonechats at Carlton Marshes, 19 April and Oulton Marshes (two), 21 April and Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen (two), 18 April and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 19 April.

A White Stork circled above the former Otter Trust centre at Earsham on 17 April before flying off north and a Spoonbill flew west over Castle Marsh and a Great White Egret flew over Herringfleet Marshes, 21 April. Little Egrets were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (three), 19 April and Carlton Marshes (two), 20 April and a male Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 22 April.

 

9 to 15 April 2017

9 to 15 April 2017

Two Cranes circled over Carlton Marshes late morning on 10 April before heading off west. Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 11 April, Weybread GP (two), 12 April and Ditchingham, 14 April.

A male Redstart was seen at Carlton Marshes, 10 April. In addition, the first Whitethroat (Beccles Marshes, 11 April), Reed Warbler (Carlton Marshes,12 April), House Martin (two at Weybread GP and one at Oulton, 12 April) and Wheatear (Ditchingham, 14 April) of the year were recorded during the week. Two Wheatears were also present at Carlton Marshes, 15 April, with further sightings from this site including four Water Pipits, 10 April, two Yellow Wagtails and two Stonechats, 12 April, 13 Cetti’s Warblers, 13 April and a Grasshopper Warbler, 15 April. Cetti’s Warblers were also reported from Herringfleet Marshes, 10 April, and Burgh Castle, 14 April and Kingfishers from Weybread GP (two), 12 April and Ditchingham, 14 April. Two Grey Wagtails were seen at Ditchingham, 14 April and 40 Yellow Wagtails roosted at Burgh Castle, 15 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, three Ruffs and two Little Ringed Plovers, 10 April, three Whimbrels and three Redshanks, 11 April, a Jack Snipe, 12 April and a Green Sandpiper, 13 April. Elsewhere, 30 Snipe were counted at Oulton Marshes, 10 April and two Whimbrels at Beccles Marshes, a Spotted Redshank and 40 Redshanks at Burgh Castle and two Redshanks at Earsham GP, 14 April. The first Common Tern of the year was seen at Weybread GP, 12 April.

Red Kites were seen at Carlton Marshes (two) and Haddiscoe (two), 10 April and Ditchingham (two), 14 April, a Peregrine was recorded at Carlton Marshes, 10 April and five Buzzards were noted at Ditchingham, 14 April. Short-eared Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes, 10 April and Carlton Marshes (two), 13 April and Barn Owls were reported from Lopham Fen, 9 April, Oulton Marshes, 10 April, Carlton Marshes (two), 12 April and Ditchingham, 14 April.

Photo of Cranes © Jon Evans

 

2 to 8 April 2017

2 to 8 April 2017

A Raven flew north-west over Carlton Marshes early afternoon on 7 April. The first Grasshopper Warbler (4 April) and Yellow Wagtail (6 April) of the year were also recorded at Carlton Marshes during the week and other notable passerines at this SWT reserve included 19 Cetti’s Warblers, 2 April, a Brambling, 3 April, four Stonechats, 6 April and a White Wagtail and seven Water Pipits, 8 April. Elsewhere, a flock of 21 Waxwings was seen along Garden Lane, Worlingham, 2 and 3 April and nearby at Worlingham Marshes a Grey Wagtail was noted on 2 April. A Stonechat was recorded at Oulton Marshes, 4 April, Bearded Tits at Burgh St Peter (two) and Lopham Fen, 2 April and Cetti’s Warblers at Somerleyton Marshes (two), 2 April, Oulton Marshes (six), 4 April, Beccles Marshes, 6 April and Burgh St Peter and Lopham Fen, 8 April.

An Osprey flew north over Broome, 3 April. Red Kites were seen at Lopham Fen, 2 April, Carlton Marshes and Diss, 4 April and Beccles Common, 6 April and Peregrines at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 2 April and Carlton Marshes, 4 April, while seven Buzzards were noted at Carlton Marshes, 2 April, with seven also recorded at Redenhall, 4 April. Short-eared Owls were reported at Carlton Marshes (three), 2 April and Burgh Castle, 7 April, with a Barn Owl also seen at Carlton Marshes, 2 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included an Avocet, a Ruff and four Redshanks, 2 April and a Jack Snipe, a Black-tailed Godwit and three Dunlin, 8 April. Finally, Little Egrets were reported from Redenhall, 4 April and Carlton Marshes (five), 6 April.

 

26 March to 1 April 2017

26 March to 1 April 2017

The year’s first Sedge Warbler (Haddiscoe Island, 31 March), Swallow (two at Beccles and two at Worlingham, 1 April) and Willow Warbler (three at Carlton Marshes, two at Oulton Marshes and one at Beccles Common, 1 April) were all recorded during the week. A flock of 30 Waxwings was present along Garden Lane, Worlingham, 1 April and Carlton Marshes hosted a White Wagtail, 26 March and four Water Pipits, 1 April. Grey Wagtails were noted at Worlingham Marshes, 26 March and Barsham Marshes, 27 March; Bramblings at Waveney Forest, Fritton (six) and Carlton Marshes, 28 March and St Olaves, 29 March; Stonechats at Oulton Marshes, 26 March and Carlton Marshes (three), 28 March; Bearded Tits at Haddiscoe Island, 31 March and Lopham Fen, 1 April; Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen (two) and Oulton Marshes, 26 March, Herringfleet Marshes (three), 30 March and Carlton Marshes (16), 1 April. A Kingfisher was recorded at Earsham, 29 March and a flock of 100 Linnets at Barnby Marshes on 1 April was noteworthy.

The male Garganey at Carlton Marshes from last week stayed until 30 March and a male Mandarin was seen at the same site on 1 April. The flock of Barnacle Geese at the former Otter Trust centre at Earsham had increased to 300 on 29 March.

A Peregrine was seen at Carlton Marshes, 26 March and a male Hen Harrier at Worlingham Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 1 April. Red Kites were noted at St Olaves, 29 March and Carlton Marshes (two) and Diss, 1 April, Marsh Harriers at Lopham Fen (three), 26 March, Carlton Marshes (four), 28 March and Herringfleet Marshes, 30 March, while five Buzzards were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 28 March. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 28 March, while Barn Owls were reported from Oulton Marshes (two) and Lopham Fen, 26 March and Carlton Marshes (three), 30 March.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Little Ringed Plover, two Black-tailed Godwits and a Dunlin, 27 March, a Ruff, a Green Sandpiper and five Redshanks, 30 March and an Avocet, 1 April. Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Lopham Fen, 27 March and Carlton Marshes (two) and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 30 March.

Photo of Swallow © Jon Evans

 

19 to 25 March 2017

19 to 25 March 2017

A pair of Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 21 March, with the male staying to the end of the week. Also at Carlton Marshes, the Red-throated Diver from last week was seen on 19 March, but was sadly found dead the following day.

A Crane was reported at Haddiscoe Island, 23 March, while Little Egrets were noted at Outney Common, Bungay, 19 March, St James South Elmham, 20 March and Carlton Marshes (four), 25 March.

The female Ring-necked Parakeet was seen at Oulton on 19 and 22 March. The first Sand Martin of the year was recorded at Outney Common, 19 March, with a White Wagtail and three Water Pipits at Carlton Marshes, 19 March and a singing male Blackcap at Oulton Marshes, 22 March. 24 Waxwings were noted at Worlingham, 20 March and six Crossbills at Ashby, 21 March. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Outney Common (nine), 19 March and Worlingham Marshes (four), 22 March, with a flock of 100 Siskins also present at Worlingham Marshes on the same day. A Stonechat was noted at Carlton Marshes, 19 March, a Bearded Tit, at Lopham Fen, 25 March, Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (five) and Oulton Marshes, 22 March and Lopham Fen, 25 March and Kingfishers at Outney Common (two) and Earsham (two), 19 March and Carlton Marshes, 22 March.

Raptors included Red Kites at Bungay (three), 19 March and Ditchingham (two), 20 March, a Peregrine at Carlton Marshes, 24 March and Marsh Harriers at Haddiscoe Island (seven), 19 March, Lopham Fen (two), 20 March and Carlton Marshes (three), 25 March, with five Buzzards at Carlton Marshes on the same day. Short-eared Owls were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 23 March, Oulton Marshes, 24 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 25 March and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes and Earsham, 21 March.

Waders at Burgh Castle included a Spotted Redshank, 200 Avocets, 100 Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Redshanks and two Curlews, 19 March, while at Carlton Marshes, a Black-tailed Godwit and four Redshanks were present on 19 March and two Knot, a Ruff and a Dunlin, 22 March. A Redshank was noted at Beccles Marshes, 21 March.

Photo of Garganey © Jon Evans

 

12 to 18 March 2017

12 to 18 March 2017

A Raven drifted north over Carlton Marshes mid-morning on 16 March.

A Red-throated Diver was found at Carlton Marshes on 16 March with fishing net entangled round its legs. The following day it was captured and the netting removed and the diver was still present on 18 March. A Bittern was noted at Haddiscoe Island and Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (five) and Belton Marshes (three), 12 March.

The female Ring-necked Parakeet at Oulton, first reported last week, was seen again on 12, 17 and 18 March. Sightings of Waxwings continued, with 20 at Worlingham and seven at Beccles (seven), 17 March. A Mealy Redpoll and a Brambling were recorded at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 15 March and two Water Pipits were present at Carlton Marshes, 18 March. 500 Redwings flew west over Beccles, 14 March. Stonechats were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 12 March, Lopham Fen (two), 13 March and Oulton Marshes (three), 18 March; Cetti’s Warblers at Belton Marshes (two), 12 March, Lopham Fen (three), 13 March, Carlton Marshes (11), 15 March and Oulton Marshes (two), 18 March and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 12 March and Worlingham Marshes, 16 March.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, a male Hen Harrier and 20 Marsh Harriers, 12 March. Elsewhere, two Red Kites flew over Carlton Marshes, 16 March, with three over the same site, 18 March, a Peregrine was seen at Oulton Marshes, 15 March, Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes (three), Belton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 12 March and Oulton Marshes, 18 March and six Buzzards were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 18 March. Short-eared Owls were seen at Carlton Marshes (two) and Belton Marshes (two), 12 March and Oulton Marshes (three), 18 March and Barn Owls at Belton Marshes (two), Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 12 March.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included 60 Snipe, 12 March, a Dunlin and two Woodcock, 15 March and four Redshanks, 18 March. Elsewhere, a Woodcock was noted at St Olaves, 13 March and 21 Snipe at Oulton Marshes, 18 March.

Photo of Raven © Jon Evans

 

5 to 11 March 2017

5 to 11 March 2017

Six Crossbills were seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton and a female Ring-necked Parakeet by Oulton Community Centre, 11 March. Counts of Waxwings included 22 at Bungay, 6 March, seven at Worlingham, 8 March and 16 at Beccles, 11 March. There was a notable arrival of Chiffchaffs on 11 March, with records received from Belton, Blundeston Marshes, Lopham Fen and Roydon Fen. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Oulton Marshes, 5 March and a Bearded Tit at the same site on 11 March. Bramblings were recorded at St Olaves (three), 7 March and Burgh Castle, 11 March; Stonechats at Oulton Marshes, 7 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 9 March; Cetti’s Warblers at Herringfleet Marshes (three), 7 March, Carlton Marshes (five), 10 March, Oulton Marshes (five) and Worlingham Marshes, 11 March and Kingfishers at Beccles Quay, 6 March, Carlton Marshes (two), 10 March and Oulton Marshes, 11 March.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, two Marsh Harriers, three Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 7 March. Elsewhere, Red Kites were noted at Ellingham, 10 March and Beccles, 11 March, Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes (two), 9 March and Lopham Fen (two), 11 March, while six Buzzards were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 10 March and five at Lopham Fen, 11 March. Further Short-eared Owls were reported from Oulton Marshes (four), 7 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 11 March, with Barn Owls from Oulton Marshes, 5 March, Carlton Marshes (two) and Herringfleet Marshes, 7 March and Lopham Fen, 11 March.

Waders at Burgh Castle included a Spotted Redshank, 7 March and 27 Avocets, 227 Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Redshanks and two Curlews, 11 March, while at Carlton Marshes a Dunlin was present on 5 March and a Redshank the following day. Two Woodcock were noted at St Olaves and 20 Snipe at Herringfleet Marshes, 7 March and 500 Golden Plovers at Ellough, 8 March. Finally, Little Egrets were reported from Beccles Marshes, 7 March, Carlton Marshes (two), 9 March and Haddiscoe Island (three) and Herringfleet Marshes, 11 March.

Photo of Crossbill © Jon Evans

 

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