16 to 22 March 2014
A Dusky Warbler was a superb find by a Waveney Bird Club member at Oulton Marshes, 19 March and remained, although often elusively, to the end of the week. The first Sand Martin of the year flew north over Carlton Marshes, 22 March. Three Lesser Redpolls were seen at North Cove SWT Reserve, 16 March, Cetti’s Warblers were reported from Beccles Marshes (six), 16 March and Oulton Marshes (two), 19 March and single Kingfishers were noted at Oulton Marshes, 19 March and Carlton Marshes, 22 March.
A pair of Garganey was seen at Carlton Marshes, 19 and 22 March. Waders included a Ruff at Gillingham Marshes, 16 March, Woodcocks at Fisher Row, Oulton (two), 19 March and Waveney Forest, Fritton, 21 March, a Curlew and a Redshank at Beccles Marshes, 20 March and a Green Sandpiper at Flixton GP and four Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 22 March. Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (six), 16 March and Oulton Marshes (three), 19 March.
A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen regularly throughout the week at Haddiscoe Island. Other notable raptors included two Red Kites which flew north-west over Oulton Marshes, 16 March, Peregrines at Beccles Marshes, 16 March and Haddiscoe Island, 22 March and a ringtail Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 22 March, while counts of Buzzards included four at Beccles Marshes and three at Carlton Marshes, 16 March and six at Ashby, 22 March. A Short-eared Owl was present at Haddiscoe Island, 22 March and Barn Owls were noted at St James South Elmham, 16 March and Haddiscoe Island, 22 March.