10 to 16 April 2016
Three Cranes flew high north over Herringfleet Marshes on 12 April. Little Egrets were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes, 12 April and Carlton Marshes (eight), 13 April and the first Common Terns of the year were seen at Earsham GP (seven), 16 April.
The first Cuckoo (Barsham), Nightingale (Barsham) and House Martins (four at Earsham GP and two at Carlton Marshes) were also all recorded on 16 April. Lingering winter visitors included 20 Bramblings and 30 Siskins at St Olaves, 15 April, and a single Brambling at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe the following day. A Bearded Tit was recorded at Belton Marshes, 11 April and a Grasshopper Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 14 April. Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Herringfleet Marshes, 12 April, Carlton Marshes (seven), 13 April and Burgh St Peter (two) and Worlingham Marshes, 16 April and Kingfishers at Beccles Quay, 12 April and Carlton Marshes, 13 April.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included five Redshanks, 11 April, four Ruffs and a Green Sandpiper, 12 April and nine Black-tailed Godwits and a Dunlin, 16 April. Elsewhere, a Green Sandpiper was present at Redgrave Fen, 11 April, ten Black-tailed Godwits at Aldeby shooting lakes, 12 April and Redshanks at Belton Marshes, 11 April and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 12 April.
The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard was still present at Haddiscoe Island on 16 April, while Peregrines were recorded at Earsham GP and Haddiscoe Island on the same day and ten Buzzards were noted at Carlton Marshes, 13 April. Short-eared Owls were seen at Carlton Marshes and Haddiscoe Island, 10 April, with Barn Owls reported from Carlton Marshes (three), 10 April, Beccles Marshes, 12 April and Burgh St Peter and Fritton, 16 April.
Photo of Crane © Jon Evans