17 to 23 March 2019
An immature White-tailed Eagle flew high south over Burgh Castle, Belton and Waveney Forest, Fritton before heading east over Somerleyton and Blundeston and back north again on the morning of 23 March. Raptors recorded at Carlton Marshes included a Peregrine and a Barn Owl, 17 March and two Red Kites and ten Buzzards, 23 March. Elsewhere, a Hen Harrier was seen at Lopham Fen, 18 March, a Red Kite at Beccles, 23 March, Marsh Harriers at Lopham Fen (four), 19 March and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (ten), 21 March and a Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island, 17 March.
A Greenland White-fronted Goose, a very rare bird in East Anglia, was seen at Oulton Marshes, 21 March and Carlton Marshes, 23 March. The male Green-winged Teal remained at Herringfleet Marshes all week and a count of 154 Teal was made at the same site on 18 March. A first-winter male Goldeneye was present at Weybread GP, 20 and 21 March.
Water Pipits were seen at Carlton Marshes (six) and Herringfleet Marshes (six), 23 March. The first Wheatears of the spring were present at Carlton Marshes (two), 21 March and the first singing male Blackcaps were heard at Weybread GP, 20 March and Lopham Fen and Worlingham, 23 March. A Brambling was noted at Herringfleet, 18 March and a Bearded Tit at Herringfleet Marshes, 19 March. Grey Wagtails were recorded at Worlingham, 17 March, Weybread Mill, 20 March and Beccles Common, 23 March and Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen (two), 18 March, Oulton Marshes, 21 March and Worlingham Marshes (two), 23 March. A count of 50 Pied Wagtails was made at Lopham Fen, 17 March.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included 12 Avocets, five Dunlin, eight Redshanks, 17 March and a Woodcock, 23 March. Waders at Herringfleet Marshes, six Redshanks, 18 March, five Ruff, 23 March. Elsewhere, a Woodcock was seen at Beccles Common, 18 March, two Redshanks at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 19 March and a Green Sandpiper by Beccles southern relief road, 21 March.
Finally, Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (17) and Lopham Fen, 17 March, Beccles Common, 19 March, Weybread GP (two), 20 March and Herringfleet Marshes (11), 21 March.