19 to 25 February 2017
Sightings of Waxwings included 25 at Oulton, 20 February and 21 at Bungay, 24 February. A flock of 28 Lesser Redpolls was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton and a Grey Wagtail at Oulton Marshes, 19 February, two Bramblings at St Olaves, 20 February and a Crossbill at Waveney Forest, 24 February. Stonechats were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 19 February and Carlton Marshes (two), 21 February; Bearded Tits at Fritton Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 19 February and St Olaves (two), 20 February and Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 19 February and St Olaves, 20 February. Two Kingfishers were noted at Carlton Marshes, 19 February.
A Rough-legged Buzzard was regularly reported from Haddiscoe Island throughout the week. Other raptors seen at this site included a Merlin, male and ringtail Hen Harriers, six Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 19 February, a Red Kite and a Peregrine and 11 Marsh Harriers and five Buzzards, 20 February. Elsewhere, single Red Kites were seen at Ditchingham, 20 February and St Olaves, 21 February, Marsh Harriers at St Olaves (two), 20 February, Carlton Marshes, 21 February and Belton Marshes, 24 February, Short-eared Owls at Oulton Marshes (three), 19 February and Belton Marshes, 24 February and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 19 February.
Early morning easterly movements of Bewick’s Swans included 160 over Burgh Castle, 19 February, 34 over Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and 26 over Carlton Marshes, 21 February and 22 over Oulton Marshes, 24 February. 30 White-fronted Geese and 1800 Pink-footed Geese were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 20 February.
Records of waders included a Spotted Redshank at Burgh Castle, 19 February, a Green Sandpiper at St Olaves and 80 Curlews at Haddiscoe Island, 20 February and six Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 22 February. Finally, Little Egrets were reported from Oulton Marshes, 19 February, Haddiscoe Island (eight) and St Olaves, 20 February and Carlton Marshes (two), 22 February.
Photo of Waxwing © Jon Evans