WBC Sightings

23 to 29 December 2018

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included two Rough-legged Buzzards, 23 December, five Short-eared Owls, 27 December, two Marsh Harriers, 28 December and a ringtail Hen Harrier and a male Merlin, 29 December. Elsewhere, a Peregrine was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 27 December and Marsh Harriers were reported from Lopham Fen, 24 December, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 25 December, Oulton Marshes, 28 December and Carlton Marshes (four), 29 December; Short-eared Owls from Blundeston Marshes, 24 December and Burgh Castle, 27 December and Barn Owls from Withersdale Street, 24 December, Carlton Marshes, 25 December and North Cove, 26 December.

Three Cattle Egrets roosted at Carlton Marshes on the evening of 28 December. Two Great White Egrets flew north over Herringfleet Marshes late afternoon on 25 December, while Little Egrets were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 25 December, Carlton Marshes (six) and Oulton Marshes (two), 28 December and Weybread GP, 29 December.

A Goosander was seen at Carlton Marshes, 25 December. A White-fronted Goose flew north over Carlton Marshes on 24 December, 38 Pink-footed Geese were present at Oulton Marshes, 28 December and an escaped Red-breasted Goose was noted at Lopham Fen, 29 December.

A Water Pipit was present at Carlton Marshes, 24 December. A Nuthatch was recorded at Flixton (near Bungay), 24 December, a Grey Wagtail at Beccles Common and two Bearded Tits at Herringfleet Marshes, 25 December and 45 Siskins and eight Lesser Redpolls at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 28 December. Chiffchaffs were reported from Carlton Marshes, 25 December and Oulton Marshes, 26 December, Cetti’s Warbler from Lopham Fen, 24 December and Oulton Marshes (two), 28 December and Stonechats from Oulton Marshes, 26 December and Carlton Marshes, 28 December. Finally, waders included a Woodcock at Oulton Marshes, 24 December, 24 Black-tailed Godwits at Burgh Castle, 25 December and a Dunlin at Carlton Marshes, 26 December.

Rough-legged Buzzard 7