20 to 26 March 2016
A Crane circled over Carlton Marshes on the morning of 22 March before heading off west. The long-staying Cattle Egret was seen at North Cove throughout the week, a Great White Egret was present at Haddiscoe Island, 22 March and Little Egrets were reported from North Cove, 20 March and Carlton Marshes (two), Ditchingham and Lopham Fen, 25 March.
An immature male Black Redstart was seen in a garden at Frary Place, Bungay, 24 March and a Firecrest was noted at Burgh Castle, 25 March. The first two singing male Blackcaps of the year were heard at Ditchingham and a female was seen at Burgh Castle, also 25 March. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at St Olaves, 20 March and Somerleyton (50) and Burgh Castle (three), 25 March; Grey Wagtails at Outney Common, Bungay, 20 March and Ditchingham (two), 25 March; Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (four), 20 March, North Cove (three), 22 March and Burgh Castle, 25 March and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes (three) and North Cove (two), 20 March. A flock of 400 Redwings was present at Ditchingham, 24 March and 150 flew south over St Olaves, 26 March.
Raptor sightings at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, a Peregrine, three Buzzards and a Short-eared Owl, 20 March and a male Hen Harrier, 26 March. A male Hen Harrier was also seen at North Cove on the same day, while Red Kites were noted over Beccles (two), 21 March and at Blundeston the following day, Buzzards at Ashby (three) and Bungay (three), 22 March, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (eight), 23 March and Ditchingham (six), 25 March and Barn Owls at Worlingham Marshes, 20 March, Carlton Marshes, 22 March and Burgh Castle, Ditchingham and Lopham Fen, 25 March.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Woodcock and three Ruff, 20 March, 13 Dunlin, 22 March, a Jack Snipe, four Ringed Plovers and six Redshanks, 23 March, a Black-tailed Godwit, 25 March and a Curlew, 26 March. At Burgh Castle, two Spotted Redshanks were present on 20 March and three Woodcock, 40 Avocets and 50 Redshanks, 25 March. Further Woodcock were recorded at St Olaves (three) and Ditchingham (two) on 25 March and 50 Curlews were counted at Haddiscoe Island, 22 March.
Photo of Crane © Jon Evans