WBC Sightings

25 to 31 December 2016

Four Tundra Bean Geese, two White-fronted Geese and 500 Pink-footed Geese were feeding on fields along Border Lane, Ashby, 25 December, while at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 98 White-fronted Geese were present, 27 December, 108 Greylag Geese, 29 December and 150 Mute Swans, 31 December. Other notable wildfowl included a Whooper Swan at Outney Common, Bungay, 26 December and 160 Wigeon at Oulton Marshes, 29 December, while records of Pink-footed Geese included 600 in flight over St Olaves, 26 December and 400 in flight over Herringfleet Marshes, 29 December.

Three Waxwings were present along Beccles Road, Bungay, 30 December. A Snow Bunting was seen at Haddiscoe Island and 12 Lesser Redpolls at Outney Common, 27 December and two Kingfishers at Beccles Quay, 28 December. Stonechats were recorded at Castle Marsh (five), Carlton Marshes (two) and Haddiscoe Island (two), 27 December and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 29 December; Bearded Tits at Oulton Marshes (30), Haddiscoe Island (eight), Castle Marsh (four) and Carlton Marshes (two), 27 December and Herringfleet Marshes (four), 29 December and Cetti’s Warblers at Castle Marsh, 27 December and Oulton Marshes, 29 December.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included three Marsh Harriers and a Barn Owl, 26 December and two Peregrines and five Short-eared Owls, 27 December. Marsh Harriers were noted at Carlton Marshes (seven), 27 December and Castle Marsh (three) and Oulton Marshes, 29 December and three Buzzards were seen at Castle Marsh, 31 December. Short-eared Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes (three), 27 December and Barn Owls at Castle Marsh, 27 December, Herringfleet Marshes and Lopham Fen, 29 December and Oulton Marshes, 30 December.

A Green Sandpiper and two Curlews were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 27 December and a Redshank at Oulton Marshes, 30 December. A Bittern was seen at Oulton Marshes, 30 December, while Little Egrets were reported from Haddiscoe Island (nine), Carlton Marshes (two) and Castle Marsh (two), 27 December.

Photo of Tundra Bean Goose © Jon Evans


Photo of Tundra Bean Goose © Jon Evans