Bird Sightings 2018

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.

 

14 to 20 January 2018

14 to 20 January 2018

A Waxwing was present along Mill Road, Burgh Castle, 14 January, while more unseasonable records involved a Blackcap in a garden at Beccles, 16 January and a Chiffchaff at Carlton Marshes, 20 January. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles, 14 January and a Brambling at St Olaves and three Lesser Redpolls and 35 Siskins at Flixton (near Lowestoft), 20 January. Water Pipits were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 14 January and Carlton Marshes (two), 17 January; Stonechats at Lopham Fen (two), Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 14 January and Carlton Marshes, 17 January; Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 14 January and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 16 January and Kingfishers at Fritton Lake, 15 January and Carlton Marshes, 20 January.

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Haddiscoe Island and roosted at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 19 and 20 January. Other raptors included a Red Kite at Haddiscoe, 19 January and a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Peregrine at Haddiscoe Island, 20 January, while Marsh Harriers were noted at Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 14 January, Herringfleet (two), 16 January and Haddiscoe Island (seven) and Carlton Marshes (three), 20 January. Four Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 18 January, while Barn Owls were reported from Beccles Common and Lopham Fen, 14 January and Haddiscoe Island (five), 20 January.

The long-staying Great White Egret was present at Redgrave Fen, 14 January, with Little Egrets noted at Burgh Castle (two) and Oulton Marshes, 14 January. A count of 1100 Cormorants was made at the roost at Fritton Lake, 15 January.

A Goosander was present at Fritton Lake, 15 January. A count of 260 Teal was made at Burgh Castle, 14 January and a count of 235 Wigeon at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 18 January. A Brent Goose was again seen at Carlton Marshes, 14 January, while Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes (eight flew west), 16 January, Carlton/Oulton Marshes (1500 flew over), 18 January and St Olaves (200 flew south-east), 20 January.

Waders at Burgh Castle on 14 January included an Avocet, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Curlews and 15 Redshanks and combined wader counts from Carlton and Oulton Marshes on 18 January included 49 Snipe, 32 Dunlin and five Redshanks.

Photo of Waxwing © Jon Evans

 

7 to 13 January 2018

7 to 13 January 2018

The long-staying Great White Egret remained at Redgrave Fen throughout the week and Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (four) and Redgrave Fen, 7 January.

A group of seven Bewick’s Swans circled Ocean Pit, Weybread before flying off east, 10 January, while a single Brent Goose was present at Carlton Marshes, 12 January and 360 Pink-footed Geese flew over St Olaves, 13 January. Notable counts of ducks included 250 Teal at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 9 January, 122 Tufted Ducks at Weybread GP, 10 January and 200 Wigeon at Oulton Marshes, 11 January.

A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles and five Lesser Redpolls at Carlton Marshes, 7 January, a Nuthatch at Lopham Fen, 9 January and a Water Pipit and a Chiffchaff at Carlton Marshes, 11 January. Stonechats were recorded at Castle Marsh (two), 7 January, Carlton Marshes, 9 January and Lopham Fen (two), 12 January; Bearded Tits at Carlton Marshes (two), Castle Marsh (two), 7 January and Lopham Fen, 13 January; Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes and Castle Marsh, 9 January and Oulton Marshes (three), 11 January and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 8 January, Weybread GP, 10 January and Oulton Marshes, 11 January. A pre-roost count of 1500 Starlings was made at Lopham Fen, 7 January.

Marsh Harriers were noted at Castle Marsh, 7 January, Carlton Marshes (two), 9 January, Oulton Marshes, 11 January and Lopham Fen, 13 January and a Barn Owl was recorded at Carlton Marshes, 9 January.

Waders included 20 Snipe at Carlton Marshes, 7 January and two Woodcocks and 24 Black-tailed Godwits at North Cove and three Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 9 January.

Photo of Great White Egret © Jon Evans

 

31 December 2017 to 6 January 2018

31 December 2017 to 6 January 2018

Two Whooper Swans were present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 1 January and a Bewick’s Swan and 121 Mute Swans were seen at the same site on 6 January. Fly-over Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Somerleyton (200), 1 January and Carlton Marshes (60), 3 January, with notable counts of 400 Greylag Geese and 200 Wigeon at Carlton/Castle Marshes, 1 January and 120 Teal at Carlton Marshes, 2 January.

The regular Great White Egret was seen at Redgrave Fen from 31 December to 2 January at least, while Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (two) and Lopham Fen, 1 January and Castle Marsh (two), 2 January.

A Merlin was seen at Carlton Marshes, 2 January and a Peregrine at nearby Oulton Marshes, 3 January, with Marsh Harriers reported from Lopham Fen (two), 1 January, Castle Marsh (two), 2 January and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (15) and Carlton Marshes (four), 3 January. Short-eared Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes (four) and Carlton Marshes, 5 January and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes (four) and Lopham Fen, 1 January and Haddiscoe Island, 5 January.

Three Water Pipits were recorded at Carlton Marshes and three Lesser Redpolls at North Cove SWT reserve, 1 January. Grey Wagtails were noted at Beccles, 31 December and North Cove, 1 January; Stonechats at Lopham Fen, 1 January and Castle Marsh (four), Oulton Marshes (three) and Carlton Marshes (two), 6 January; Bearded Tits at Carlton Marshes (two), 1 January and Castle Marsh (two), 2 January; Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen, 31 December, Carlton Marshes, 2 January and Oulton Marshes (six), 6 January and Kingfishers at Lopham Fen, 31 December and Carlton Marshes (two), 1 January. A pre-roost count of 4250 Starlings was made at Lopham Fen, 1 January and a flock of 150 Fieldfares was noted at Oulton Marshes, 6 January.

Waders included a Green Sandpiper at Carlton Marshes and 3000 Lapwings at Oulton Marshes, 1 January, a Redshank and 20 Snipe at Carlton Marshes, 2 January and three Woodcock at Barsham Marshes, 3 January.

Photo of Whooper Swans © Jon Evans