WBC Sightings

22 to 28 December 2019

A Merlin was seen at Lopham Fen, 24 December and a Red Kite at Beccles, 26 December. Marsh Harriers were reported from Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (six), 22 December, Somerleyton Marshes, 23 December, Lopham Fen, 24 December and Gillingham Marshes (three), 26 December and five Buzzards were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 22 December. Short-eared Owls were seen hunting at Haddiscoe Island (six), 22 December and Carlton Marshes (two), 25 December and Barn Owls at Haddiscoe Island (two), 22 December, Carlton Marshes, 27 December and Lopham Fen, 28 December.

Three White-fronted Geese were present at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe on 22 December and two Whooper Swans flew north-west over the same site on 27 December. Pink-footed Geese were seen at Somerleyton Marshes (1,500), 23 December and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (2,000), 27 December.

Great White Egrets were seen at Carlton Marshes, 22, 25 and 27 December, Haddiscoe Island, 22 December, Burgh Castle, 23 December and Blundeston Marshes, 28 December, with Little Egrets reported from Carlton Marshes (22), 25 December and Somerleyton Marshes, 23 December.

A Water Pipit was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 22 December, four Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 24 December, a male Blackcap at Beccles, 25 December and a Chiffchaff at Carlton Marshes, 28 December. Stonechats were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 22 December and Carlton Marshes, 28 December and Cettiā€™s Warblers at Lopham Fen (two), 25 December and Gillingham Marshes, 28 December. A pre-roost count of 200 Pied Wagtails was made at Lopham Fen on 24 December.

A Green Sandpiper was seen at Worlingham Marshes and 115 Black-tailed Godwits at Carlton Marshes, 27 December. Finally, single Woodcock were noted at Haddiscoe Marshes, 22 December and Lopham Fen, 28 December.


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