1 to 7 April 2018
The undoubted highlight of the week (and the year so far) was an American Bittern photographed at Carlton Marshes, 7 April. A Great White Egret was present at Oulton Marshes on 5 to 7 April, while Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 4 April and Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 5 April.
A White Wagtail was present at Oulton Marshes, 5 and 7 April. The first Swallows of the year were seen at Carlton Marshes (five) and the first singing Blackcap at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 April, with the first singing Willow Warbler at Lopham Fen, 7 April. Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (five), 1 April and Oulton Marshes, 4 April and Grey Wagtails at Needham Mill (two) and Weybread Mill (two), 2 April. A Lesser Redpoll was noted at Lopham Fen, 7 April and two Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 5 April.
Raptor highlights included a male Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 1 April and a Red Kite at Ellingham, 6 April, with impressive counts of Buzzards including nine at Carlton Marshes and five at Beccles, 5 April. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 1 April, while Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes (five) and Beccles Common, 1 April and Burgh Castle, 5 April.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Ruff, 5 April and a Little Ringed Plover and a Redshank, 7 April, with three Spotted Redshanks at Burgh Castle, 1 April and six Redshanks at Oulton Marshes, 4 April.
Finally, a first-summer Little Gull was seen at Burgh Castle, 1 April and 150 Wigeon were noted at Oulton Marshes, 4 April.