Bird Sightings 2018

25 to 31 March 2018

25 to 31 March 2018

Three Cranes flew north over Castle Marsh, North Cove, 31 March and a Red-throated Diver was seen nearby on the river the previous day. An adult Spoonbill was present at Carlton Marshes and a Bittern was noted at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 25 March, while Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (two) and Weybread GP (two), 26 March, Herringfleet Marshes, 29 March and Lopham Fen, 30 March.

Waders included a Jack Snipe and 25 Snipe at Thorpe Marshes, 25 March, while at Carlton Marshes, two Dunlin were noted on 25 March and ten Redshanks on 30 March.

Notable raptor records included two Red Kites at Mettingham and two Peregrines at Haddiscoe Island, 25 March, five Buzzards at Ellingham, 29 March and Marsh Harriers at Thorpe Marshes (two), 25 March and Carlton Marshes (five) and Lopham Fen (three), 31 March. Four Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 25 March, while Barn Owls were reported from Haddiscoe Island (three), 25 March and Carlton Marshes, 30 March.

Bramblings were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (four), 28 March and St Olaves (two), 29 March, Lesser Redpolls at Waveney Forest, Fritton (five), 25 March and Lopham Fen (two), 30 March and a Kingfisher at Carlton Marshes, 25 March.

Photo of Crane © Shutterstock/Peter Gyure

 

18 to 24 March 2018

18 to 24 March 2018

A Spoonbill was seen at Carlton Marshes, 23 and 24 March, a Great White Egret flew west over Lopham Fen, 21 March and two Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 24 March.

A very early Willow Warbler was seen at Harleston, 19 March, while Black Redstarts were present at Bungay (two), 20 March and Oulton, 24 March and a Mealy Redpoll at Worlingham, 24 March. There was a small arrival of Chiffchaffs at the end of the week with individuals noted at Lopham Fen, 23 March and Carlton Marshes, Oulton Marshes, Somerleyton Marshes and Waveney Forest, Fritton the following day. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles, 19 March, two Bearded Tits noted at Lopham Fen, 21 March and a count of 300 Redwings made at Carlton Marshes, 24 March. Bramblings were reported from Oulton, 18 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 24 March; Lesser Redpolls from Lopham Fen (three), 20 March and Carlton Marshes (six), 24 March; Cetti’s Warbler from Beccles Marshes, 23 March and Carlton Marshes (seven), 24 March and Kingfishers from Carlton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 21 March and Beccles Marshes, 23 March.

The WeBS count of waders at Carlton and Oulton Marshes on 18 March included a Jack Snipe, 203 (Common) Snipe, a Woodcock and two Dunlin, 18 March, with a Curlew noted at Oulton Marshes, 24 March and further Woodcock at Blundeston (two), 21 March and St Olaves (two), 22 March.

Marsh Harriers were recorded at Burgh Castle (11), 18 March, Carlton Marshes (two), 19 March, Oulton Marshes, 20 March, Lopham Fen, 22 March and Haddiscoe Island and Somerleyton Marshes, 24 March, Short-eared Owls at Haddiscoe Island and St James South Elmham, 24 March and Barn Owls at Oulton Marshes and Worlingham Marshes, 18 March, Carlton Marshes (three), 20 March, Gillingham Marshes, 21 March and Lopham Fen, 22 March.

 

11 to 17 March 2018

11 to 17 March 2018

Two Black Redstarts were seen in a garden along Southend Road, Bungay, 15 to 17 March. Bramblings were recorded at Camps Heath (Oulton), Fallowfields (Oulton) and St Olaves, 14 March. A Water Pipit was noted at Carlton Marshes, 11 March, a Grey Wagtail at Beccles, 12 March, a male Blackcap and a singing Chiffchaff at St Olaves and a Kingfisher at Earsham GP, 14 March and two Lesser Redpolls at Lopham Fen, 17 March.

Marsh Harriers were seen at Carlton Marshes (five), 11 March and Lopham Fen (two), 17 March and ten Buzzards were noted at Earsham GP, 14 March. A Short-eared Owl was seen at St James South Elmham, 15 March, with Barn Owls reported from Carlton Marshes (six) ad Beccles Common, 13 March.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Ruff, 33 Snipe and two Redshanks, 11 March.

Notable wildfowl included two Pintail and 225 Teal at Carlton Marshes, 11 March and two Little Egrets were also recorded at Carlton Marshes on the same day.

Photo of Black Redstart © DepositPhoto/mikelane45

4 to 10 March 2018

4 to 10 March 2018

Two Red Kites were seen at Ashby, 10 March and the long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was recorded regularly through the week. Other raptor highlights included a Peregrine at Haddiscoe Island, 5 March, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 6 March and nine Buzzards at Ashby, 9 March. Marsh Harriers were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 6 March and Carlton Marshes (three), 10 March, Short-eared Owls at Haddiscoe Island (two), 5 March and Oulton Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 6 March and Barn Owls at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 4 March, Carlton Marshes, 5 March, Haddiscoe Island (three) and Oulton Marshes, 6 March and Lopham Fen, 10 March.

Geese included 81 Brent Geese and 129 Greylag Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 4 March, while ducks included two Goosanders at North Cove and three Pintail and 130 Tufted Ducks at Weybread GP, 4 March, six Pintail at Carlton Marshes, 8 March, 400 Teal at Carlton Marshes and 200 Wigeon at Oulton Marshes, 9 March and 145 Mallard at Diss Mere, 10 March.

A Crossbill was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 10 March. Notable passerines at Carlton Marshes included a Lesser Redpoll and two Stonechats, 9 March, a Water Pipit, a singing Chiffchaff, a Cetti’s Warbler and 60 Siskins, 10 March. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Beccles, two Lesser Redpolls at Lopham Fen and two Kingfishers at Weybread GP, 4 March.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Curlew, 8 March, a Woodcock, 9 March and two Dunlin, 19 Snipe and two Redshanks, 10 March. A Redshank was recorded at Oulton Marshes and three Woodcocks at St Olaves, 9 March.

 Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Weybread GP (seven), 4 March and Carlton Marshes, 9 March.

 

25 February to 3 March 2018

25 February to 3 March 2018

A Jack Snipe was seen at Oulton Marshes, 1 March, while at nearby Carlton Marshes a Ruff and 34 Snipe were recorded, 26 February and two Green Sandpipers, 2 March. Woodcock were noted at Beccles and Somerleyton, 28 February, St Olaves, 1 March and Carlton Marshes and Oulton, 2 March.

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was seen on 25 February, together with a Peregrine and a Short-eared Owl. Elsewhere, Marsh Harriers were noted at Lopham Fen, 25 February, Carlton Marshes, 26 February and Herringfleet Marshes (four), 27 February and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes (four), 26 February, Somerleyton Marshes, 28 February, Herringfleet Marshes (three), Lopham Fen, Oulton Marshes and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 March.

Two Stonechats were seen at Oulton Marshes, 25 February, a Chiffchaff at Bungay, 1 March and five Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 3 March. Grey Wagtails were recorded at Beccles and Weybread Mill, 25 February; Bramblings at St Olaves (three) and North Cove SWT reserve, 27 February and Lopham Fen, 3 March; Lesser Redpolls at Oulton Marshes, 25 February, North Cove SWT reserve (three), 27 February, Lopham Fen (two), 28 February and Carlton Marshes (ten), 3 March and Kingfishers at Weybread GP (three) and Oulton Marshes, 25 February.

Finally, a count of 300 Wigeon was made at Carlton Marshes and Little Egrets were reported from Weybread GP (eight) and Carlton Marshes, 25 February.

Photo of Jack Snipe © Jon Evans

 

18 to 24 February 2018

18 to 24 February 2018

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was seen regularly through the week. Other raptors at Haddiscoe Island included five Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 18 February and a Merlin and seven Marsh Harriers, 24 February. Elsewhere, a Peregrine was seen at Burgh Castle, 18 February, Marsh Harriers at Burgh Castle and Carlton Marshes, 18 February and Barn Owls at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 19 February and Carlton Marshes, 22 February.

A Chiffchaff was recorded at Carlton Marshes and a Grey Wagtail at Beccles, 18 February and a Water Pipit at Carlton Marshes, 22 February. Lesser Redpolls were noted at North Cove SWT reserve (six) and Carlton Marshes, 18 February and Lopham Fen (two) and Oulton Marshes, 24 February; Stonechats at Oulton Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 18 February; Bearded Tits at Carlton Marshes (three) and Fritton Marshes (three), 18 February; Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes (three) and Fritton Marshes, 18 February and Kingfishers at Carlton and Oulton Marshes and Fritton Marshes, 18 February.

A count of 389 Wigeon was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 18 February, while two Pintail were present at Carlton Marshes, 18 February and 190 Teal were recorded at the same site, 24 February. Six Pink-footed Geese were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 23 February.

Waders included a Ruff at Carlton Marshes, 18 February and a Redshank at the same site 21 February. A count of 383 Snipe was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 18 February and Woodcock were noted at Waveney Forest, Fritton (three), 23 February and Blundeston Marshes, Carlton Marshes, 24 February.

Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Carlton and Oulton Marshes (two), Haddiscoe Island (two) and Castle Marsh, 18 February and Redgrave Fen, 19 February.

11 to 17 February 2018

11 to 17 February 2018

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island remained throughout the week. Other raptors at Haddiscoe Island included three Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 15 February and a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Merlin, two Peregrines and three Marsh Harriers, 17 February. Elsewhere, a Peregrine was seen at Carlton Marshes, 14 February, Marsh Harriers at Somerleyton Marshes (three), 12 February, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 15 February, Carlton Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen (two), 17 February and Barn Owls at Beccles, 11 February, Lopham Fen, 13 February, Herringfleet Marshes, 15 February and Carlton Marshes, 16 February.

A group of 16 Bewick’s Swans flew east over St Olaves, 16 February, 320 Pink-footed Geese flew over Somerleyton Marshes, 17 February and two escaped Black Swans were noted at Gillingham Marshes, 12 February. Wildfowl at Carlton Marshes included 125 Wigeon, 14 February and 150 Teal and two Pintail, 17 February.

A Grey Wagtail was noted at Beccles, 11 February, a Brambling at St Olaves, 16 February and two Water Pipits and a Chiffchaff at Carlton Marshes, 17 February.. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Lopham Fen (three), 11 February and St Olaves, 14 February; Stonechats at Carlton Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen (two), 17 February; Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen (two), 11 February and Carlton Marshes (six), 17 February; Cetti’s Warblers at Somerleyton Marshes, 12 February and Lopham Fen (two), 17 February and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 11 February. A flock of 150 Fieldfares was present at Carlton Marshes, 15 February.

Waders included 500 Golden Plovers and 500 Lapwings at Haddiscoe Island, 11 February, two Woodcock at Herringfleet Hills, 15 February, 30 Black-tailed Godwits at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 16 February and a Ruff, 68 Snipe and two Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 17 February.

Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Haddiscoe Island (six) and Lopham Fen, 11 February, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 15 February, Outney Common, Bungay (five), 16 February and Carlton Marshes, 17 February.

 

4 to 10 February 2018

4 to 10 February 2018

Three White-fronted Geese were present amongst a flock of 940 Pink-footed Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 4 February, while 200 Pink-footed Geese were noted at Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft), 9 February. A Goosander flew along the river at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 10 February and counts of 200 Wigeon and 100 Teal were made at Oulton Marshes, 7 February. Five Whooper Swans were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 10 February and two escaped Black Swans at Gillingham Marshes, 6 February.

The Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was recorded daily, while other raptors at Haddiscoe Island during the week included two Barn Owls, 4 February and a Peregrine, four Marsh Harriers and a Short-eared Owl, 5 February. Elsewhere, a Peregrine was seen at Carlton Marshes, 8 February, Marsh Harriers at Lopham Fen (three) and Burgh Castle, 4 February and Carlton Marshes (two), 9 February and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes (four) and Oulton Marshes, 7 February.

A Grey Wagtail was recorded at Beccles, two Stonechats and a Cetti’s Warbler at Lopham Fen and four Bearded Tits at Haddiscoe Island, 4 February and a Crossbill at Waveney Forest, Fritton and four Lesser Redpolls at Lopham Fen, 10 February. Kingfishers were noted at St Olaves, 5 February and Carlton Marshes, 7 February and a count of 100 Fieldfares was made at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 7 February.

Waders at Haddiscoe Island included two Redshanks, 4 February and a Green Sandpiper, two Ruffs, 1000 Golden Plovers and 720 Lapwings, 5 February. At Carlton Marshes, seven Redshanks and 28 Snipe were noted on 9 February, with 16 Snipe also at Oulton Marshes, 7 February.

Finally, Little Egrets were present at Lopham Fen, 4 February, Haddiscoe Island (four), 5 February and Oulton Marshes, 7 February.

 

28 January to 3 February 2018

28 January to 3 February 2018

A Glossy Ibis was seen in flooded fields at Burgh St Peter and also in flight over neighbouring Carlton Marshes, 30 January. A Bittern was recorded at Lopham Fen, 28 January, while Little Egrets were noted at Beccles Common and Earsham GP, 28 January, Lopham Fen, 29 January, Oulton Marshes, 30 January, Carlton Marshes, 31 January and Haddiscoe Island (eight), 2 February. A Red-throated Diver was seen on the river at Carlton Marshes, 30 January and 2 February.

A Rough-legged Buzzard was present daily at Haddiscoe Island throughout the week. A male Hen Harrier was seen at Haddiscoe Island, 28 January and a Peregrine at Carlton Marshes, 30 January. Other raptors included Merlins at Oulton Marshes, 30 January and Haddiscoe Island (two), 2 February, Marsh Harriers at Haddiscoe Island (three), 28 January, Carlton Marshes (two), 30 January, Lopham Fen (two), 1 February and Beccles Marshes and Burgh Castle, 3 February and Buzzards at Beccles Marshes (five) and Haddiscoe Island (five), 3 February. Short-eared Owls were noted at Haddiscoe Island (two) and Waveney Forest, Fritton, 29 January and Barn Owls at Lopham Fen, 28 January and Haddiscoe Island (four), Carlton Marshes, 30 January.

A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles and four Water Pipits at Haddiscoe Island, 28 January, a Brambling at Beccles Common, 31 January, a Nuthatch at Lopham Fen, 1 February and a flock of 50 Siskins at North Cove SWT reserve, 3 February. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Earsham GP (11) and Lopham Fen (three), 28 January; Bearded Tits at Carlton Marshes (three), 30 January, Fritton Marshes, 1 February and Lopham Fen (four), 3 February; Stonechats at Haddiscoe Island (two), Lopham Fen, 28 January, Carlton Marshes (two), 30 January and Fritton Marshes, 2 February and Cetti’s Warblers at Fritton Marshes, 28 January, Oulton Marshes, 30 January, Carlton Marshes (ten), 31 January and Lopham Fen, 3 February. A count of 1000 Starlings was made at Haddiscoe Island, 28 January.

White-fronted Geese were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (25), 28 January and Burgh St Peter Marshes (seven), 3 February and Pink-footed Geese at Haddiscoe Island (3000), 28 January and Burgh St Peter Marshes (2000), 3 February and a count of 310 Wigeon was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 30 January.

Finally wader records included 5000 Lapwings at Haddiscoe Island, 28 January, a Green Sandpiper at the same site the following day and a Woodcock at near-by St Olaves, 2 February.

Photo of Glossy Ibis © Jon Evans

21 to 27 January 2018

21 to 27 January 2018

A group of eight Taiga Bean Geese was present at Haddiscoe Island, 23 January, while 70 Pink-footed Geese flew north over St Olaves, 21 January. Two Bewick’s Swans were noted at Carlton Marshes, 26 January and two escaped Black Swans at Gillingham Marshes, 23 January. A combined count of 310 Wigeon was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 21 January.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Haddiscoe Island regularly throughout the week and roosted at Waveney Forest, Fritton. Other raptors noted at Haddiscoe Island during the week included a Peregrine and three Barn Owls, 21 January and five Buzzards and two Short-eared Owls, 22 January. Elsewhere, a Red Kite was seen at Carlton Marshes, 22 January, Marsh Harriers were recorded at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (four), 21 January, Lopham Fen (two), 25 January, Carlton Marshes (four), 26 January and Blundeston, 27 January and Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes, 21 January and Lopham Fen (two) and Herringfleet Marshes, 25 January.

Waders at Haddiscoe Island included two Green Sandpipers and a Redshank, 21 January and a Curlew, 22 January. Elsewhere, a Woodcock was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 22 January and a Woodcock and 11 Snipe were noted at Roydon Fen and a flock of 140 Golden Plovers was present at Carlton Marshes, 26 January. A combined count of 485 Snipe was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 21 January. Little Egrets were noted at Oulton Marshes (two) and Blundeston Marshes, 21 January, Haddiscoe Island (six) and Redgrave Fen, 22 January and Carlton Marshes, 26 January.

A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles, 21 January and a Nuthatch at Lopham Fen, 26 January. Water Pipits were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (three), 21 January and Carlton Marshes, 26 January; Lesser Redpolls at Carlton Marshes (two), 26 January and Lopham Fen (four), 27 January; Stonechats at Lopham Fen, 25 January and Carlton Marshes, 26 January; Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen (four) and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 January and Carlton Marshes (six), 26 January; Cetti’s Warblers at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 January, Herringfleet Marshes and Lopham Fen, 25 January and Carlton Marshes (seven), 26 January and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 26 January and Belton Marshes, 27 January. A count of 120 Skylarks was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 21 January.