WBC Sightings

20 to 26 January 2019

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Haddiscoe Island regularly throughout the week. Other raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Merlin, 21 January, a ringtail Hen Harrier, ten Buzzards and four Short-eared Owls, 23 January and a Red Kite, two Peregrines, eight Marsh Harriers and three Barn Owls, 26 January. Peregrines were also seen at Carlton Marshes, 20 January and Burgh Castle and Fritton, 26 January, Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes (nine), 20 January, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 23 January and Castle Marsh, North Cove (three) and Fritton, 26 January and Barn Owls at Oulton Marshes, 20 January, Carlton Marshes (two) and North Cove, 22 January, Ditchingham, 24 January and Herringfleet Marshes, 25 January.

Two Cattle Egrets were seen at Carlton Marshes, 20 January, while a Great White Egret was present at Belton Marshes, 26 January, Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (eight), 20 January, Haddiscoe Island, 23 January, Ditchingham, 24 January and Herringfleet Marshes, 25 January and 12 Grey Herons were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 20 January.

Six Whooper Swans flew north-west over Carlton Marshes on 26 January. Five Goosanders flew over Carlton Marshes on 20 January and probably the same five were present on the river at North Cove, 21 January and Beccles, 24 January, while six flew west over Carlton Marshes on 26 January. A count of 140 Teal was made at Herringfleet Marshes, 26 January. Two White-fronted Geese were present at Carlton Marshes, 26 January, while Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (4000), 23 January, Herringfleet Marshes (1730 flew north), 25 January and St Olaves (800 flew north), 26 January.

A Jack Snipe was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 January and a Ruff was noted at the same site on 23 January. Waders at Herringfleet Marshes included 183 Black-tailed Godwits and 11 Snipe, 23 January, 630 Lapwings, 25 January and a Ruff and a Dunlin, 26 January and waders at Haddiscoe Island included 500 Lapwings and a Curlew, 23 January and 300 Golden Plovers, 26 January. Four Woodcock were recorded at Redgrave Fen, 20 January, a Green Sandpiper at Earsham, 24 January and 1000 Lapwings at Carlton Marshes, 26 January.

Two Chiffchaffs were seen at Beccles Common, 20 January, a Grey Wagtail at Haddiscoe Island, 21 January, a Brambling at St Olaves, 23 January, two Nuthatches at Ditchingham, 24 January, a Kingfisher at Beccles quay, 25 January and a Water Pipit at Herringfleet Marshes, 26 January. Stonechats were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 21 January, Carlton Marshes, 22 January and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 26 January. Finally, a count of 32 Magpies was made at Carlton Marshes, 20 January.

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