2 to 8 December 2018
The long-staying adult Cattle Egret at Carlton Marshes was still present and was joined by three others regularly through the week. A Great White Egret was seen at Haddiscoe Island, 2 December, while Little Egrets were reported from Carlton Marshes (three), Worlingham (two) and Haddiscoe Island, 2 December, Oulton Marshes, 3 December and Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Beccles Common, 8 December.
Raptors recorded at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, a Merlin and three Marsh Harriers, 2 December and seven Short-eared Owls, 4 December. Marsh Harriers were also noted at Castle Marsh, North Cove (two), 2 December and Carlton Marshes (eight), 8 December, a Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 4 December and Barn Owls were recorded at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and Worlingham Marshes, 2 December and Carlton Marshes (three), 7 December.
Six Goosanders were present at Carlton Marshes, 2 December, while Pink-footed Geese were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (200), 2 December, Castle Marsh (seven), 3 December and Somerleyton Marshes (120), 8 December.
Notable waders included a Black-tailed Godwit, a Redshank and 32 Curlews at Haddiscoe Island, single Curlews at Carlton Marshes and Castle Marshes and a Woodcock at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 2 December.
Further records from Carlton Marshes included a Water Pipit, 2 December, a Cetti’s Warbler, 4 December, a Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher, 6 December and a Stonechat, 8 December, with another Chiffchaff seen at Beccles Common, 6 December.