WBC Sightings

24 February to 2 March 2019

A male Green-winged Teal was found at Herringfleet Marshes on 26 February and stayed for the remainder of the week. Other notable wildfowl included 200 Teal at Herringfleet Marshes, 1 March and 325 Wigeon at Oulton Marshes, 2 March, with an escaped Black Swan also at Herringfleet Marshes, 28 February.

A Cattle Egret was seen at Carlton Marshes regularly throughout the week, with a Great White Egret noted at the same site on 1 March. A Bittern was recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 24 February, while Little Egrets were reported from Herringfleet Marshes (six), 28 February and Carlton Marshes (12), 1 March.

A very impressive 26 Water Pipits, along with a single Rock Pipit, were present at Herringfleet Marshes, 2 March, with five Water Pipits also present at Carlton Marshes, 1 March. The first singing Chiffchaffs of the year were heard at Carlton Marshes, 28 February, Herringfleet, 1 March and Somerleyton, 2 March. Grey Wagtails were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes, 27 February, Beccles, 28 February and Worlingham, 2 March, Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (six), 24 February and Herringfleet Marshes, 25 February and Kingfishers at Ellingham Mill, 24 February and Worlingham Marshes (two), 2 March. Two Stonechats were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 25 February and three Bearded Tits at Herringfleet Marshes and a flock of 120 Fieldfares at Blundeston, 27 February.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included two ringtail Hen Harriers, seven Marsh Harriers and four Short-eared Owls, 24 February. Elsewhere, two Red Kites were seen at Gillingham and a Peregrine at Carlton Marshes, 2 March. Marsh Harriers were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 27 February and Carlton Marshes (six) and Blundeston Marshes, 2 March, a Short-eared Owl was hunting at Herringfleet Marshes, 28 February and Barn Owls were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 25 February and Carlton Marshes (two), 2 March.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Ruff, 24 February, three Avocets, 28 February and a Jack Snipe, 1 March and waders at Herringfleet Marshes included six Ruff, 25 February, 120 Snipe and a Black-tailed Godwit, 27 February, two Redshanks, 1 March and five Dunlin, 2 March, with a Woodcock at nearby Herringfleet Hills, 2 March.

Finally, an adult Mediterranean Gull was noted at Somerleyton Marshes, 27 February.


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