Bird Sightings 2017

 

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

 

26 February to 4 March 2017

26 February to 4 March 2017

A Crane flew north over Roydon Road, Diss mid afternoon on 26th February and a Great White Egret flew over Oulton Marshes, 4 March. Little Egrets were noted at Oulton Marshes (two), Haddiscoe Island, Harleston Marshes and Lopham Fen, 26 February and Carlton Marshes (two) and Outney Common, Bungay the following day.

Rough-legged Buzzard and five Short-eared Owls were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 28 February. A Red Kite flew over Oulton, 27 February, two Peregrines flew north at St Olaves, 2 March and Marsh Harriers were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (five), 26 February, Carlton Marshes, 2 March and Lopham Fen (two), 4 March. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Oulton Marshes, 3 March, while Barn Owls were seen at Carlton Marshes (four) and Oulton Marshes, 2 March.

A Water Pipit was seen at Carlton Marshes, five Bramblings at Ellough and two Nuthatches at Outney Common, Bungay, 27 February. Grey Wagtails were noted at Worlingham, 26 February, Barnby, 1 March and Camps Heath, Oulton, 2 March; Stonechats at Haddiscoe Island (four) and Oulton Marshes, 26 February and Carlton Marshes (four), 4 March; Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 26 February and Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 26 February and Carlton Marshes, 2 March. A flock of 100 Fieldfares was present at Worlingham Marshes, 26 February and 930 Redwings flew low south-east over Carlton Marshes, 27 February.

Waders included a Common Sandpiper at Oulton Marshes, 26 February, Green Sandpipers at Harleston Marshes, 26 February and Worlingham, 27 February and 360 Golden Plovers at Ellough Airfield, 27 February, while at Carlton Marshes a Woodcock was noted on 2 March and a Redshank on 4 March.

Photo of Crane © Shutterstock/Peter Gyure

19 to 25 February 2017

19 to 25 February 2017

Sightings of Waxwings included 25 at Oulton, 20 February and 21 at Bungay, 24 February. A flock of 28 Lesser Redpolls was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton and a Grey Wagtail at Oulton Marshes, 19 February, two Bramblings at St Olaves, 20 February and a Crossbill at Waveney Forest, 24 February. Stonechats were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 19 February and Carlton Marshes (two), 21 February; Bearded Tits at Fritton Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 19 February and St Olaves (two), 20 February and Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 19 February and St Olaves, 20 February. Two Kingfishers were noted at Carlton Marshes, 19 February.

A Rough-legged Buzzard was regularly reported from Haddiscoe Island throughout the week. Other raptors seen at this site included a Merlin, male and ringtail Hen Harriers, six Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 19 February, a Red Kite and a Peregrine and 11 Marsh Harriers and five Buzzards, 20 February. Elsewhere, single Red Kites were seen at Ditchingham, 20 February and St Olaves, 21 February, Marsh Harriers at St Olaves (two), 20 February, Carlton Marshes, 21 February and Belton Marshes, 24 February, Short-eared Owls at Oulton Marshes (three), 19 February and Belton Marshes, 24 February and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 19 February.

Early morning easterly movements of Bewick’s Swans included 160 over Burgh Castle, 19 February, 34 over Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and 26 over Carlton Marshes, 21 February and 22 over Oulton Marshes, 24 February. 30 White-fronted Geese and 1800 Pink-footed Geese were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 20 February.

Records of waders included a Spotted Redshank at Burgh Castle, 19 February, a Green Sandpiper at St Olaves and 80 Curlews at Haddiscoe Island, 20 February and six Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 22 February. Finally, Little Egrets were reported from Oulton Marshes, 19 February, Haddiscoe Island (eight) and St Olaves, 20 February and Carlton Marshes (two), 22 February.

Photo of Waxwing © Jon Evans

 

12 to 18 February 2017

12 to 18 February 2017

A flock of 21 Waxwings was seen off Beccles Road, Bungay, 16 and 17 February. A Black Redstart was recorded along Top Road, Ilketshall St Lawrence, 16 February, a Grey Wagtail at Herringfleet Marshes, 17 February and four Crossbills at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 18 February. Bramblings were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (eight), 12 February, Worlingham (two), 13 February and St Olaves (two), 18 February; Stonechats at Oulton Marshes and Worlingham, 14 February and Carlton Marshes (three), 15 February; Bearded Tits at Haddiscoe Marshes (five), 12 February, Lopham Fen, 13 February and Herringfleet Marshes (four) and Oulton Marshes, 17 February; Cetti’s Warblers at Redgrave Fen, 14 February, Carlton Marshes (two), 16 February and Herringfleet Marshes, 17 February and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 13 February and Redgrave Fen, 14 February.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, 15 February, three Marsh Harriers and three Short-eared Owls, 16 February, a male and a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Peregrine, 17 February and three Barn Owls, 18 February. Elsewhere, Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 16 February and Herringfleet Marshes, 17 February, five Short-eared Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes, 17 February and Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes, 12 February and Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 17 February.

A first-winter Glaucous Gull was seen along the river at Burgh Castle, 18 February. A Whooper Swan and 170 Tufted Ducks were noted at Earsham, 15 February and four White-fronted Geese and 1000 Pink-footed Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 16 February.

Three Redshanks were present at Carlton Marshes, 12 February and a Green Sandpiper and 700 Lapwings at Earsham, 15 February. Woodcock were noted at Oulton Marshes, 15 February and Waveney Forest (two), 18 February. Finally, Little Egrets were recorded at Burgh St Peter and Lopham Fen, 13 February, Beccles Marshes, 16 February, Haddiscoe Island (two) and Herringfleet Marshes, 17 February and Carlton Marshes (three), 18 February.

Photo of Waxwing © Jon Evans

 

5 to 11 February 2017

5 to 11 February 2017

Three Waxwings were seen in a club member’s garden at Worlingham, 6 February, while nearby in Beccles, 12 Waxwings were seen along Banham Road, 9 and 10 February. A Stonechat was present at Oulton Marshes, 5 February, a Grey Wagtail at Worlingham, 6 February and three Bramblings at St Olaves, 9 February. Bearded Tits were noted at Oulton Marshes (12), 5 February, Burgh Castle, 8 February and Fritton Marshes, 11 February and Kingfishers at Oulton Marshes and Weybread GP, 5 February.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, a male and a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, 12 Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 5 February and eight Marsh Harriers, 9 February. Elsewhere, single Peregrines were seen at Flixton GP, 5 February and Oulton Marshes, 10 February and Marsh Harriers at Oulton Marshes, 6 February and Lopham Fen (two), 11 February. Three Short-eared Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes, 5 February and Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes and Mettingham Marshes, 5 February.

Three White-fronted Geese were present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 11 February, while Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Waveney Forest, Fritton (50 flew over), 5 February and Haddiscoe Island (30), 9 February.

A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was seen at Burgh Castle, 8 February. Waders at Carlton Marshes included eight Redshanks, 5 February and a Jack Snipe and 45 Snipe, 10 February, with a Green Sandpiper and two Black-tailed Godwits recorded at Flixton GP, 5 February. Little Egrets were noted at Haddiscoe Island (four), Flixton (near Bungay), Mendham Marshes and Mettingham Marshes, 5 February.

Photo of Waxwing © Jon Evans

 

29 January to 4 February 2017

29 January to 4 February 2017

Six Tundra Bean Geese were present between Carlton Marshes and Barnby Marshes, 30 January and five Brent Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 31 January. White-fronted Geese were noted at Castle Marsh, North Cove (100 flew over), 29 January, Haddiscoe Island (six), 31 January and Herringfleet Marshes (12), 3 February, 120 Pink-footed Geese flew north at St Olaves, 29 January, 111 Greylag Geese were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February and 40 Barnacle Geese had returned to Earsham, 4 February.

At Haddiscoe Island, a Rough-legged Buzzard was seen regularly throughout the week and was joined by a Hen Harrier, 30 January and six Short-eared Owls, 3 February. Single Marsh Harriers were noted at Lopham Fen, 29 February, Oulton Marshes, 31 January, Waveney Forest, Fritton, 2 February and Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February, two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes, 3 February and Barn Owls were reported from Haddiscoe Marshes, 30 January, Mendham, 31 January and Oulton Marshes, 4 February.

A Brambling was seen at Aldeby, 29 January, two Water Pipits at Carlton Marshes, 30 January, a flock of 150 Fieldfares at Blundeston, 2 February and a Chiffchaff at Oulton Marshes, 4 February. Stonechats were recorded at Worlingham Marshes (two), 29 January, Carlton Marshes (two), 31 January and Oulton Marshes (two), 4 February; Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 29 January, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 3 February and Oulton Marshes, 4 February; Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (11), 30 January, Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February and Oulton Marshes (four) and Lopham Fen, 4 February and Kingfishers at Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February and Oulton Marshes, 4 February.

Waders at Burgh Castle included a Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew and a Redshank, 31 January and a Spotted Redshank, 3 February. Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Fritton Marshes (two), 2 February and Blundeston Marshes and Lopham Fen, 4 February.

Photo of Tundra Bean Goose © Jon Evans

 

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