WBC Sightings

13 to 19 November 2016

Three Cattle Egrets were present at Burgh Castle on marshes north of Back Lane, 13 to 16 November, with one still there on 17 November. A Great White Egret was seen at Carlton Marshes, 13 November and Little Egrets were noted at Haddiscoe Island (five) and Carlton Marshes (four), 13 November.

A Black Redstart was seen on the tower of St Peter’s Church, Carlton Colville, 13 November, with four Water Pipits at nearby Carlton Marshes on the same day and one at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 16 November. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Oulton, 14 November, a Brambling at Aldeby, 18 November and a Chiffchaff at Burgh Castle, 19 November. Stonechats were recorded at Carlton Marshes (two) and Haddiscoe Island, 13 November, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 15 November and Lopham Fen (two), 16 November; Bearded Tits at Haddiscoe Island (three) and Carlton Marshes (two), 13 November and Burgh Castle (four) and Lopham Fen, 19 November; Cetti’s Warblers at Haddiscoe Island, 13 November, Carlton Marshes (three), 14 November and Herringfleet Marshes (four), 15 November and Kingfishers at Beccles Marshes, 13 November, Lopham Fen, 15 November and Carlton Marshes, 17 November. A count of 100 Skylarks was made at Carlton Marshes, 13 November and pre-roost gatherings of Starlings included 45,000 at Lopham Fen, 13 November and 4,000 at Herringfleet Marshes, 15 November.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, 13 and 19 November, a Peregrine, 16 November, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 17 and 19 November, two Marsh Harriers, 13 November, three Buzzards, 19 November, five Short-eared Owls, 13 November and two Barn Owls, 19 November. Elsewhere, Marsh Harriers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (two), 13 November, Herringfleet Marshes, 15 November and Burgh Castle, 19 November, Short-eared Owls at Carlton Marshes (three) and Haddiscoe Marshes (four, in addition to those at Haddiscoe Island), 13 November and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes (two), 13 November and Herringfleet Marshes, 15 November.

Nine Bewick’s Swans were present at Carlton Marshes, 18 November and Pink-footed Geese were reported from Haddiscoe Island (100) and Carlton Marshes (six flew over), 13 November and Herringfleet Marshes (600 flew over), 15 November.

The wader highlight was a Jack Snipe at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 16 November. 200 Golden Plover were present at Haddiscoe Island, 13 November, with 1,000 Lapwings at the same site, 16 November, 52 Curlew at Burgh Castle, 19 November and Snipe at Carlton Marshes (20), 13 November and Lopham Fen (15), 14 November. Finally, a count of 300 Great Black-backed Gulls was made at Burnt Hill, Carlton Colville, 17 November.

Photo of Cattle Egret © Shutterstock/Arto Hakola

 

Photo of Cattle Egret © Shutterstock/Arto Hakola