WBC Sightings

15 to 21 February 2015

An incredible 15 Short-eared Owls were counted at Haddiscoe Island, 17 February, while Barn Owls were noted at South Lopham, 15 February, Outney Common, Bungay and Somerleyton, 17 February, Fritton Marshes (two) and Ashby, 20 February and Haddiscoe Island (five), 21 February. A Rough-legged Buzzard was present at Haddiscoe Island throughout the week, while other raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Peregrine, 15 February, a Merlin, 16 February, six Marsh Harriers, 20 February and three Hen Harriers and six Buzzards, 21 February. Elsewhere, a Merlin was seen at Belton Marshes, 18 February, Marsh Harriers at Gillingham Marshes, 16 February and Castle Marsh, North Cove (three), 20 February and Buzzards at North Cove (seven) and Gillingham Marshes (three), 15 February, St Olaves (six) and Somerleyton (three), 17 February and Fritton Lake (three), 20 February.

Three Whooper Swans were present at Belton Marshes and 185 Mute Swans at Fritton Marshes, 18 February, while a single Goldeneye was seen at Fritton Lake, 20 February.

A Grey Wagtail was noted at Beccles Quay, 17 February, with a sizeable flock of 200 Fieldfares at Blundeston Marshes, 20 February. Stonechats were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (two), 16 February, Castle Marsh (two) and Beccles Marshes, 17 February and Fritton Marshes (two) and Somerleyton, 21 February, Cetti’s Warblers at Castle Marsh and Seven Mile Carr, Burgh St Peter, 20 February and Kingfishers at Beccles Quay and Haddiscoe Island, 16 February and Fritton Marshes, 20 February.

Waders included four Dunlin and a Redshank at Carlton Marshes, 16 February, with two Redshanks at nearby Castle Marsh the following day. Four Woodcock were recorded at Waveney Forest, Fritton and 500 Golden Plovers at Haddiscoe Island, 21 February.

Two Bitterns were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 18 February, while Little Egrets were reported from Outney Common (two), 17 February, Beccles Marshes, 18 February and Castle Marsh and Haddiscoe Island (two), 20 February.

Photo of Short-eared Owl © Jon Evans

Photo of Short-eared Owl © Jon Evans