WBC Sightings

1 to 7 December 2019

A first-winter Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 2 December. A Merlin was recorded at Lopham Fen and seven Buzzards in the air together at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 2 December and two Peregrines at Carlton Marshes, 5 December. Marsh Harriers were reported from Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (four) and Lopham Fen, 2 December and Carlton Marshes (two), 7 December. Four Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 7 December, while Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 1 December and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 2 December.

Great White Egrets were present at Carlton Marshes, 1 December and Haddiscoe Island, 2 December, while Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (19) and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 1 December.

A Grey Wagtail was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and a Kingfisher at Carlton/Oulton Marshes, 2 December, three Chiffchaffs at Carlton Marshes, 5 December and two Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 7 December. Stonechats were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 1 December, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 2 December and Carlton Marshes (two), 7 December and Cettiā€™s Warblers at Herringfleet Marshes, 1 December and Lopham Fen, 7 December. There was a pre-roost gathering of 100 Pied Wagtails at Lopham Fen on 1 December and a similar gathering of 50,000 Starlings at the same site on the following day.

Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Carlton/Oulton Marshes (1200), 2 December and Blundeston/Flixton Marshes (500), 7 December. Also of note were 200 Wigeon and 150 Gadwall at Carlton Marshes, 5 December.

Finally, a count of 29 Snipe was made at Carlton/Oulton Marshes, 2 December.


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