12 to 18 April 2015
A male Ring Ouzel was seen at Blundeston Marshes, 18 April. Other migrants included the first Grasshopper Warbler (at Fisher Row, Oulton, 13 April), Whitethroat (at Outney Common, Bungay, 13 April), Cuckoo (at Lopham Fen, 15 April) and Garden Warbler (at Lopham Fen, 16 April) of the spring. Nuthatches were recorded at Outney Common, 12 April and Carlton Marshes, 17 April. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Mendham, 15 April, a Bearded Tit at Lopham Fen, 17 April, while Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Carlton Marshes (four) and Beccles Marshes (three), 14 April, Oulton Marshes (three), 15 April and Blundeston Marshes and Somerleyton (two), 18 April.
A White Stork was present at Carlton Marshes, 16 April and at Ellingham the following day. A single individual has almost certainly accounted for all sightings in the valley over the past three weeks and views were sufficient at Carlton Marshes to establish that it was wearing a small yellow ring on its left leg, indicative of captive origin. Little Egrets were reported from Outney Common and Beccles Marshes, 12 April, Carlton Marshes, 13 April and Gillingham Marshes, 15 April and a Pink-footed Goose was present at Oulton Marshes, 16 April.
The first Hobby of the year was seen at Oulton Marshes, 16 April. Other raptor highlights included a ringtail Hen Harrier at Beccles Marshes, 14 April, Red Kites at Harleston, 15 April and Beccles Common the following day and five Buzzards at Oakley, 15 April. Short-eared Owls were seen at Carlton Marshes, 14 April and Oulton Marshes (two), 18 April, with Barn Owls reported from Lopham Fen, 13 April, Carlton Marshes, 14 April, Mendham, 15 April, Oulton Marshes (two), 16 April and Redgrave Fen, 17 April.
Notable waders included an early Common Sandpiper at Outney Common, 12 April and six Little Ringed Plovers at Carlton Marshes and a Whimbrel and a Ringed Plover at Beccles Marshes, 14 April. Redshanks were noted at Beccles Marshes (two), 14 April and Carlton Marshes (two), 16 April.
Photo of Ring Ouzel © Jon Evans