WBC Sightings

24 February to 2 March

Three Rough-legged Buzzards were present at Haddiscoe Island, 25 February, with two on 26 February and 1 March, and one flew into roost at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 2 March. Other raptors noted at Haddiscoe Island included Merlins on 26 February and 2 March, two Peregrines on 1 March, and a male and a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 March. Three Short-eared Owls were hunting there on 1 March, while Barn Owls were noted at Oulton Marshes, 26 February, Haddiscoe Island (two) and Earsham, 1 March, and Barsham Marshes (two), 2 March.

A total of 12 Bewick’s Swans were present at Haddiscoe Island, 26 February, with two still present on 1 March, while a total of 30 were seen in flight on 2 March.

Notable waders included a Green Sandpiper at Barsham, 26 February, 150 Black-tailed Godwits at Burgh Castle Flats, 1 March, and three Spotted Redshanks at Burgh Castle and a Woodcock at Waveney Forest, 2 March. Two Little Egrets were present at Oulton Marshes, 26 February.

An impressive count of 52 Stock Doves was made at Barsham Marshes, 26 February, with 200 Fieldfares and 30 Skylarks noted at the same site on 1 March. Two male Blackcaps were seen in a garden in Cherrywood, Harleston, 24 February, with one noted on 25 and 28 February, up to three Lesser Redpolls have been regularly visiting garden feeders in Crisp Road, Ellingham and two Rock Pipits were seen at Burgh Castle, 2 March. Finally, a Kingfisher was noted at Burgh Castle, 2 March.