Bird Sightings 2017

 

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.

 

10 to 16 September 2017

10 to 16 September 2017

A juvenile Honey Buzzard was seen at Carlton and Oulton Marshes early morning on 12 September. Also at Carlton Marshes, a Hobby was noted on 10 September, three Marsh Harriers on 12 September and a Barn Owl on 13 September. Single Hobbies were also seen at Beccles and Herringfleet, 14 September.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Snipe, 15 September and a Ringed Plover and eight Dunlin, 16 September. Elsewhere, a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper were present at Redgrave Fen, 11 September and a Green Sandpiper at Oulton Marshes, 14 September.

A Wheatear was seen at Oulton Marshes, 12 September. Late-staying summer visitors included a Whitethroat at Worlingham, 10 September, a Swift at Carlton Marshes, 12 September, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 15 September and a Willow Warbler, also at Carlton Marshes, 16 September. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Diss Mere, 16 September and Bearded Tits were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 14 September, Carlton Marshes (12), 15 September and Lopham Fen (two), 16 September and Cetti’s Warblers at Herringfleet Marshes, 14 September, Somerleyton Marshes, 15 September and Lopham Fen (two) and Redgrave Fen, 16 September. A Kingfisher was noted at Carlton Marshes, 15 September.

Bitterns were seen at Oulton Marshes, 12 September and Carlton Marshes, 16 September, while Little Egrets were reported from Herringfleet Marshes, 14 September and Carlton Marshes (two) and Redgrave Fen, 16 September.

A group of six Pink-footed Geese flew over Carlton Marshes, 16 September.

Finally, the corpse of a freshly dead Manx Shearwater was found on a road at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 14 September.

 

3 to 9 September 2017

3 to 9 September 2017

Whinchats were present at Carlton Marshes (four), 3 September and Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe (three), 6 September, with single Stonechats noted at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 3 September. Three Grey Wagtails were seen at Worlingham sewage works, 3 September and Kingfishers were reported from North Cove (two), 5 September and Carlton Marshes, 6 September.

A Garganey was seen at Carlton Marshes, 3 September.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Common Sandpiper, 3 September and a Wood Sandpiper, seven Ruffs, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, two Dunlin and two Redshanks, 5 September. A Greenshank was present at Oulton Marshes, 3 September and a flock of 100 Golden Plovers was seen along Marsh Lane, Worlingham, 6 September.

Raptors included Hobbies at Carlton Marshes (two), 3 September, Oulton Marshes, 4 September, St Olaves (two), 5 September and Somerleyton, 9 September, Peregrines at Oulton, 6 September and Somerleyton, 9 September and Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes (four), 3 September and Oulton Marshes, 4 September. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 8 September, with a Barn Owl noted at the same site the following day.

 

27 August to 2 September 2017

27 August to 2 September 2017

A Tree Pipit was an unusual record for Carlton Marshes, 2 September. Carlton Marshes also hosted a Yellow Wagtail, 30 August and seven Whinchats and a Wheatear, 31 August. Kingfishers were recorded at Weybread GP, 28 August, Carlton Marshes, 31 August and Beccles Marshes (three), 2 September.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Common Sandpiper, 27 August, two Green Sandpipers, 29 August, a Ringed Plover, 30 August, four Ruffs, two Greenshanks and two Dunlin, 31 August and 15 Black-tailed Godwits and 15 Snipe, 1 September. Green Sandpipers were also present at Earsham GP (five) and Lopham Fen, 27 August.

Raptor sightings included two Hobbies and a Marsh Harrier at Carlton Marshes and a Peregrine at Worlingham, 2 September, with a Marsh Harrier also seen at Beccles Marshes, 1 September. Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes, 27 August and Beccles Marshes, 1 September.

Finally, two Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 31 August.

 

20 to 27 August 2017

20 to 27 August 2017

A Whinchat was seen at Carlton Marshes, 24 August, while other noteworthy sightings at Carlton Marshes included a Yellow Wagtail, 23 August and a Cetti’s Warbler and two Kingfishers, 25 August. Kingfishers were also noted at Ellingham Mill, 20 August, Beccles Marshes (three), 22 August and Redgrave Fen, 23 August.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, five Black-tailed Godwits and five Green Sandpipers, 23 August and three Common Sandpipers, 24 August. Elsewhere, Green Sandpipers were present at Flixton GP (eight) and Earsham GP, 21 August and Lopham Fen, 26 August and a Common Sandpiper was seen at Redgrave Fen, 23 August.

Single Hobbies were recorded Carlton Marshes, 25 August and Lopham Fen the following day.

Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 20 August and Redgrave Fen, 23 August.

 

13 to 19 August 2017

13 to 19 August 2017

Single Hobbies were seen at Carlton Marshes, 16 August and Worlingham, 19 August, while two Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 13 August.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included three Redshanks, 13 August, a Little Ringed Plover, 14 August, three Greenshanks and seven Black-tailed Godwits, 16 August and two Ruffs, five Green Sandpipers and three Dunlin, 17 August. Elsewhere, two Green Sandpipers were present at Earsham GP and one Common Sandpiper at Redgrave Fen, 15 August.

A juvenile Cuckoo was seen at Carlton Marshes, 15 August.

Finally, Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (two) and Redgrave Fen, 15 August.

 

6 to 12 August 2017

6 to 12 August 2017

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and three Redshanks, 6 August, while two Black-tailed Godwits, six Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper were present at Earsham GP, 11 August.

A Peregrine was seen at Belton, 6 August and a Red Kite at Ellingham, 11 August, while Barn Owls were noted at Oulton Marshes, 8 August, Carlton Marshes, 10 August.

A Grasshopper Warbler was recorded at Carlton Marshes and a Kingfisher at St Olaves, 6 August and two Cetti’s Warblers at Burgh Castle, 12 August.

Finally, a Little Egret was present at Carlton Marshes, 6 August.

Photo of Greenshank © DepositPhoto/photoaquila

 

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