WBC Sightings

11 to 17 December 2016

Two Water Pipits were seen at Carlton Marshes, 15 December. Chiffchaffs were recorded at Flixton GP, 11 December, Carlton Marshes (three), 15 December and Oulton Marshes (two), 17 December; Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (four), 15 December and Oulton Marshes (five), 17 December; Bearded Tits at Oulton Marshes (four) and Burgh Castle (three), 11 December and Carlton Marshes (seven), 13 December; Stonechats at Oulton Marshes (three) and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 11 December and Carlton Marshes (four), 15 December; and Kingfishers at Haddiscoe Island, 11 December and Carlton Marshes, 13 December.

A flock of 80 White-fronted Geese was present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 15 December, 100 Pink-footed Geese flew over Carlton Marshes, 17 December, while at Burgh Castle, 100 Greylag Geese and 500 Teal were noted, 11 December and 2,500 Pink-footed Geese, 17 December. Amongst an amazing array of wildfowl, many of captive origin, at Flixton GP on 11 December were 260 Coots, 960 Greylag Geese, 165 Mute Swans, 1,500 Mallard, 240 Wigeon, 120 Tufted Duck, 100 Pintail, 62 Pochard, eight Red-crested Pochard, four Canvasback, two Chiloe Wigeon, two Ferruginous Duck, two New Zealand Scaup, two Pacific Black Duck and a Falcated Duck.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included three Peregrines, six Marsh Harriers, three Buzzards, ten Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 11 December, while at Carlton Marshes, two Short-eared Owls and a Barn Owl were reported, 11 December and a Marsh Harrier, 15 December. Elsewhere, a Red Kite was seen at Beccles and a Peregrine at Burgh Castle, with Marsh Harriers noted at Burgh Castle (five) and Oulton Marshes, 11 December.

Waders at Burgh Castle included 21 Curlews and ten Redshanks, 11 December and four Black-tailed Godwits, two Dunlin and 1,300 Lapwings, 17 December. Two Ruff were present at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, two Green Sandpipers at Flixton GP and four Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 11 December and 11 Snipe at Oulton Marshes, 17 December. Finally, Little Egrets were recorded at Oulton Marshes (two), 11 December and Carlton Marshes (two), 15 December.


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