WBC Sightings

18 to 24 March 2018

A Spoonbill was seen at Carlton Marshes, 23 and 24 March, a Great White Egret flew west over Lopham Fen, 21 March and two Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 24 March.

A very early Willow Warbler was seen at Harleston, 19 March, while Black Redstarts were present at Bungay (two), 20 March and Oulton, 24 March and a Mealy Redpoll at Worlingham, 24 March. There was a small arrival of Chiffchaffs at the end of the week with individuals noted at Lopham Fen, 23 March and Carlton Marshes, Oulton Marshes, Somerleyton Marshes and Waveney Forest, Fritton the following day. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles, 19 March, two Bearded Tits noted at Lopham Fen, 21 March and a count of 300 Redwings made at Carlton Marshes, 24 March. Bramblings were reported from Oulton, 18 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 24 March; Lesser Redpolls from Lopham Fen (three), 20 March and Carlton Marshes (six), 24 March; Cettiā€™s Warbler from Beccles Marshes, 23 March and Carlton Marshes (seven), 24 March and Kingfishers from Carlton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 21 March and Beccles Marshes, 23 March.

The WeBS count of waders at Carlton and Oulton Marshes on 18 March included a Jack Snipe, 203 (Common) Snipe, a Woodcock and two Dunlin, 18 March, with a Curlew noted at Oulton Marshes, 24 March and further Woodcock at Blundeston (two), 21 March and St Olaves (two), 22 March.

Marsh Harriers were recorded at Burgh Castle (11), 18 March, Carlton Marshes (two), 19 March, Oulton Marshes, 20 March, Lopham Fen, 22 March and Haddiscoe Island and Somerleyton Marshes, 24 March, Short-eared Owls at Haddiscoe Island and St James South Elmham, 24 March and Barn Owls at Oulton Marshes and Worlingham Marshes, 18 March, Carlton Marshes (three), 20 March, Gillingham Marshes, 21 March and Lopham Fen, 22 March.


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