18 to 24 December 2016
19 Tundra Bean Geese, 13 White-fronted Geese and 300 Pink-footed Geese were feeding on fields along Border Lane, Ashby, 24 December. A Tundra Bean Goose also flew over Carlton Marshes, 22 December, while White-fronted Geese were also noted at Castle Marsh, North Cove (80) and Carlton Marshes, 18 December and Haddiscoe Island (six), 21 December and Pink-footed Geese at Oulton (140 flew south-west), 19 December, Belton (500 flew north), 20 December and Carlton Marshes (50 flew west), 22 December.
Five Water Pipits were present at Carlton Marshes, 18 December and a Mealy Redpoll and 40 Siskins were seen at Wicker Well, Somerleyton, 24 December. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Oulton, 18 December and two Bearded Tits at Oulton Marshes, 22 December. Stonechats were recorded at Carlton Marshes (four) and Lopham Fen, 18 December, Beccles Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 20 December and Broome (two), 23 December; Lesser Redpolls at Belton Marshes (20), 18 December and Blundeston (two) and Somerleyton, 22 December; Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (seven) and Oulton Marshes, 22 December and Kingfishers at Redgrave Fen, 18 December and Carlton Marshes (two), 22 December. A pre-roost gathering of 60,000 Starlings was observed at Lopham Fen, 18 December.
Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Peregrine, five Marsh Harriers, seven Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 18 December. A Merlin was seen at Belton Marshes, 18 December and a Red Kite at Ditchingham, 24 December. Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 18 December and Oulton Marshes, 20 December, with three Buzzards at Blundeston Marshes and also three Buzzards at South Lopham, 22 December. Short-eared Owls were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 18 December and Oulton Marshes (two), 22 December and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes, 18 December and Oulton Marshes (two), 22 December.
Waders at Burgh Castle Flats on 21 December included 132 Avocets, 160 Black-tailed Godwits and 150 Dunlin. Elsewhere, a Green Sandpiper and a Redshank were seen at Carlton Marshes and a Woodcock at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 18 December, two Redshanks at Beccles Marshes, 20 December and a Green Sandpiper at Haddiscoe Island, 22 December. Finally, Little Egrets were reported from Carlton Marshes (nine), 18 December and Oulton Marshes, 20 December.
Photo of Tundra Bean Goose © Jon Evans