WBC Sightings

1 to 7 February 2015

A first-winter Glaucous Gull was present at Aldeby landfill site, 7 February.

A single Scaup remained at Beccles Quay until the end of the week, with two up to 3 February. Four Bewick’s Swans were present at Gillingham Marshes, 4 February, with eight Whooper Swans the following day, while 20 Pink-footed Geese flew over St Olaves, 7 February.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a male Hen Harrier and 20 Marsh Harriers, 1 February, three Short-eared Owls, 3 February, three Barn Owls, 4 February and a Rough-legged Buzzard, 7 February. Single Marsh Harriers were noted elsewhere at Belton Marshes and Blundeston Marshes, 1 February, Beccles Marshes and Fritton Marshes, 3 February, Somerleyton Marshes, 6 February and Carlton Marshes, 7 February. A Long-eared Owl was a surprise sighting at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 4 February, while further Barn Owls were reported from Beccles Marshes and Somerleyton, 2 February and Fritton Marshes, 3 February.

A male Blackcap was present in a club member’s garden at Bungay from 4 to 7 February, while a Chiffchaff was seen near Roos Hall, Beccles, 2 February. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Beccles Quay, 3 February, with two Kingfishers at the same site the following day, and two Lesser Redpolls and 20 Siskins were recorded at North Cove SWT reserve and a Stonechat at Carlton Marshes, 7 February.

Photo of Glaucous Gull © Jon Evans


Photo of Glaucous Gull © Jon Evans