12 to 18 March 2017
A Raven drifted north over Carlton Marshes mid-morning on 16 March.
A Red-throated Diver was found at Carlton Marshes on 16 March with fishing net entangled round its legs. The following day it was captured and the netting removed and the diver was still present on 18 March. A Bittern was noted at Haddiscoe Island and Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (five) and Belton Marshes (three), 12 March.
The female Ring-necked Parakeet at Oulton, first reported last week, was seen again on 12, 17 and 18 March. Sightings of Waxwings continued, with 20 at Worlingham and seven at Beccles (seven), 17 March. A Mealy Redpoll and a Brambling were recorded at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 15 March and two Water Pipits were present at Carlton Marshes, 18 March. 500 Redwings flew west over Beccles, 14 March. Stonechats were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 12 March, Lopham Fen (two), 13 March and Oulton Marshes (three), 18 March; Cetti’s Warblers at Belton Marshes (two), 12 March, Lopham Fen (three), 13 March, Carlton Marshes (11), 15 March and Oulton Marshes (two), 18 March and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 12 March and Worlingham Marshes, 16 March.
Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, a male Hen Harrier and 20 Marsh Harriers, 12 March. Elsewhere, two Red Kites flew over Carlton Marshes, 16 March, with three over the same site, 18 March, a Peregrine was seen at Oulton Marshes, 15 March, Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes (three), Belton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 12 March and Oulton Marshes, 18 March and six Buzzards were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 18 March. Short-eared Owls were seen at Carlton Marshes (two) and Belton Marshes (two), 12 March and Oulton Marshes (three), 18 March and Barn Owls at Belton Marshes (two), Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 12 March.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included 60 Snipe, 12 March, a Dunlin and two Woodcock, 15 March and four Redshanks, 18 March. Elsewhere, a Woodcock was noted at St Olaves, 13 March and 21 Snipe at Oulton Marshes, 18 March.
Photo of Raven © Jon Evans