WBC Sightings

14 to 20 April 2019

A pair of Garganey was present at Aldeby shooting lakes all week, while other wildfowl present at this site included two redhead Goosanders on 14 April and a Goldeneye on 18 April. The long-staying male Green-winged Teal was present at Herringfleet Marshes all week, while other wildfowl present at this site included three Mandarin Ducks on 14 April, a Goldeneye on 16 April and a count of 109 Teal on 19 April. Two Mandarin Ducks were also present at Fritton Lake, 15 April.

An Osprey flew over Beccles on 20 April. Other notable raptors included a ringtail Hen Harrier at Belton Marshes, 14 April and Red Kites at Herringfleet Marshes and Shipmeadow, 16 April, Somerleyton (two), 17 April and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), Carlton Marshes and Thorpe Abbotts, 19 April, while high counts of Buzzards included eight at Oulton Marshes and five at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 19 April. Short-eared Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 14 April and Haddiscoe Island, 18 April and a Barn Owl at Aldeby, 20 April.

A Cattle Egret was reported from Ditchingham, 15 April, with Great White Egrets recorded at Carlton Marshes (two), Aldeby shooting lakes and Belton Marshes, 20 April and Little Egrets from Redgrave Fen, 14 April, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 15 April, Carlton Marshes (two), 17 April and Herringfleet Marshes (eight), 18 April. Five Cranes flew south-east over Somerleyton on 18 April. Wandering, fly-over Mediterranean Gulls were recorded at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 18 April and Beccles (two), 20 April.

Notable passerine spring migrants included a White Wagtail at Herringfleet Marshes, 17 April, four Wheatears at Carlton Marshes, 18 April and a male Ring Ouzel at Fritton, 19 April. Two Bramblings were seen at Beccles, 15 April and four Water Pipits at Herringfleet Marshes, 18 April. The first Grasshopper Warbler (Carlton Marshes, 14 April, with others at Oulton Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen, 17 April and Aldeby, 20 April), Cuckoo (Carlton Marshes, 17 April, with others at Aldeby, Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 20 April.), Reed Warbler (Oulton Marshes, 17 April), Whitethroat (Carlton Marshes, 19 April) and Lesser Whitethroat (Carlton Marshes, 20 April) were recorded during the week. Yellow Wagtail, Carlton Marshes, Herringfleet Marshes, 14 April. Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Lopham Fen, 14 April, Oulton Marshes (four), 18 April and Carlton Marshes (ten), Worlingham Marshes (two) and Aldeby, 20 April and Bearded Tits at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 15 April and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 16 April. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles Common, 14 April and two Stonechats at Carlton Marshes and two Kingfishers at Redgrave Fen, 20 April.

 The first two Whimbrel of the spring were present at Castle Marsh, North Cove on 18 April, increasing to six the following day and eight on 20 April and two Common Sandpipers were present at Weybread GP, 19 April. Waders at Aldeby shooting lakes included two Avocets and seven Black-tailed Godwits, 14 April and a Greenshank, 18 April; at Carlton Marshes included a Little Ringed Plover, 16 April, seven Black-tailed Godwits and a Green Sandpiper, 18 April and a Jack Snipe, 19 April; at Herringfleet Marshes included two Ruff, 16 April, five Green Sandpipers, 17 April and two Ringed Plovers and five Little Ringed Plovers, 19 April and at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe included two Redshanks, 15 April, a Ruff, 16 April and a Green Sandpiper, 20 April.


Garganey 4