WBC Sightings

19 to 25 January 2020

The two first-winter Great Northern Divers were present at No.1 Pit, Weybread on 19 January, with one remaining the following day.

White-fronted Geese were seen at Somerleyton Marshes (two), 24 January and Carlton Marshes (two), 25 January and Pink-footed Geese at Blundeston (35), 19 January, Carlton Marshes, 22 January and Somerleyton Marshes (800), 24 January. A Brent Goose was present at Carlton Marshes throughout the week, with counts of 220 Greylag Geese and 150 Mute Swans at the same site on 25 January. Notable counts of ducks included 17 Pintail at Carlton Marshes, 250 Teal at Haddiscoe Island and 183 Teal at Herringfleet Marshes, 22 January.

Two Great White Egrets roosted at Carlton Marshes, 19 January, with one recorded on 21, 22, 24 and 25 January and one present at Haddiscoe Island, 19 January. Little Egrets were reported from Haddiscoe Island (three), 20 January, Weybread GP, 22 January, Somerleyton Marshes, 24 January and Carlton Marshes (26), 25 January and a Bittern was seen at Oulton Marshes, 25 January.

Water Pipits were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes (11), 22 January and Carlton Marshes (five), 25 January; Stonechats at Carlton Marshes (two) and Haddiscoe Island, 19 January and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 22 January; Cettiā€™s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (five), 19 January, Lopham Fen, 20 January, Herringfleet Marshes (five), 22 January and Somerleyton Marshes, 24 January and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 19 January and Weybread GP, 22 January. A Chiffchaff was seen at Carlton Marshes, 19 January and six Bearded Tits at Herringfleet Marshes and a flock of 40 Siskins at nearby Herringfleet Hills, 22 January.

Six Buzzards were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 19 January and a Peregrine at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 25 January, while Marsh Harriers were seen at Haddiscoe Island (22) and Carlton Marshes (three), 19 January, Lopham Fen (two), 20 January, Herringfleet Marshes, 22 January and Somerleyton Marshes, 24 January. Hunting Short-eared Owls were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (seven), 19 January and Belton Marshes, 25 January and Barn Owls at Haddiscoe Island (two), Carlton Marshes, Lopham Fen and Withersdale Street, 19 January, Burgh Castle, 22 January and Belton Marshes, 25 January.

Notable waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank and four Woodcock, 19 January, 800 Lapwings and 12 Snipe, 21 January and four Dunlin, 25 January. Elsewhere, a Redshank was seen at Burgh Castle, 22 January, 56 Snipe at Somerleyton Marshes, 24 January and a Greenshank and 53 Curlews, Belton Marshes and three Woodcock at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 25 January. Finally, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was noted at Carlton Marshes, 25 January.

 

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