WBC Sightings

21 to 27 April 2019

The long-staying male Green-winged Teal at Herringfleet Marshes was last seen on 24 April, while four Mandarin Ducks and 100 Teal were present at the same site on 21 April.

A White Wagtail and two Water Pipits were present at Herringfleet Marshes, 22 April, a Blue-headed Wagtail at Carlton Marshes, 25 April and Wheatears at Carlton Marshes (two), 21 April and Herringfleet Marshes, 26 April. The first Nightingale (Somerleyton, 25 April), Garden Warbler (Ashby, 25 April) and Swift (Wortwell, 26 April) of the year were recorded during the week. Cuckoos were noted at Beccles Marshes, 21 April, Lopham Fen and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 22 April, Oulton Marshes, 24 April, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and Worlingham Marshes, 25 April; Grasshopper Warblers at Herringfleet Marshes (three) and Oulton Marshes (three), 21 April, St Olaves, 24 April, Carlton Marshes (four), 25 April and Beccles Marshes, 26 April; Yellow Wagtails at Carlton Marshes (three), 21 April and Herringfleet Marshes (four), 26 April and Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (six), Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Lopham Fen, 22 April and Oulton Marshes, 25 April. A Kingfisher was seen at Redgrave Fen and five Bearded Tits at Herringfleet Marshes, 21 April and a count of 60 Pied Wagtails was made at Herringfleet Marshes, 26 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Wood Sandpiper, 21 April, four Black-tailed Godwits, 23 April and a Jack Snipe and a Ruff, 25 April, while waders at Herringfleet Marshes included a Grey Plover, two Ringed Plovers, 25 Snipe and 30 Redshanks, 21 April, two Wood Sandpipers, 23 April, a Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Greenshanks and a Dunlin, 24 April and eight Ruff, three Little Ringed Plovers and three Green Sandpipers, 25 April. Elsewhere, a Wood Sandpiper was present at Aldeby shooting lakes, 22 April, two Redshanks at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 23 April, 26 Whimbrels at Castle Marsh and 27 Whimbrels and two Common Sandpipers at Oulton Marshes, 25 April and two Spotted Redshanks and six Bar-tailed Godwits at Burgh Castle, 27 April.

The first Hobby of the year was seen at Worlingham Marshes, 22 April. Other notable raptors included a ringtail Hen Harrier at Carlton Marshes, 21 April, a Peregrine at Oulton Marshes, 25 April and Red Kites at Carlton Marshes, 21 April and Blundeston (two), 26 April. Short-eared Owls were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 21 April and Worlingham Marshes, 22 April and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes, 22 April, North Cove (two), 24 April and Oulton Marshes, 25 April.

Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 22 April, Oulton Marshes (two), 24 April and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 25 April and 11 Sandwich Terns flew west at Burgh Castle, 27 April. Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (six), 21 April and Belton and Redgrave Fen, 26 April.


Green-winged Teal 5