WBC Sightings

26 April to 2 May 2015

A pair of Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 26 April. A pair of Mandarin was seen at St Olaves, 28 April, with a male Mandarin at nearby Fritton Lake, 2 May. Two Pink-footed Geese were noted at Burgh Castle, 28 April, while ten Sandwich Terns flew west at the same site the following day. Little Egrets were reported from Fritton Marshes, 27 April, Carlton Marshes, 28 April, Beccles Quay and Outney Common, Bungay, 29 April and Herringfleet Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen, 30 April.

Whimbrel passage continued with sightings at Castle Marsh, North Cove (27), 26 April, Burgh Castle Flats (three) and Carlton Marshes, 1 May and Beccles Marshes (50) and Worlingham Marshes, 2 May. Other waders at Burgh Castle Flats included four Spotted Redshanks, 28 April, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 29 April, 36 Avocets, four Greenshanks and 500 Dunlin, 1 May and 20 Curlews, 2 May, while Carlton Marshes hosted a Green Sandpiper, 26 April and a Greenshank the following day. Two Ruffs, two Black-tailed Godwits and a Dunlin were present at Aldeby shooting lakes, 26 April and a late Jack Snipe was seen at Oulton Marshes, 28 April. Redshanks were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 27 April, Burgh Castle Flats (50), 29 April, Herringfleet Marshes, 30 April and Beccles Marshes (two), 2 May.

Migrant passerines included a Ring Ouzel at Flixton GP, 27 April, Wheatears at Carlton Marshes, 26 April and Flixton GP (three), 27 April and a White Wagtail at Carlton Marshes, 28 April. Scarcer summer visitors included Turtle Doves at Beccles Marshes, 28 April and Belton Common, 2 May; Cuckoos at Barsham Marshes, Lopham Fen and Outney Common, 26 April, Carlton Marshes (two), 28 April and Beccles Marshes and Wortham Ling, 1 May; Yellow Wagtails at Carlton Marshes, 28 April and Burgh Castle (six), 29 April and Grasshopper Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 28 April and Carlton Marshes (three), 2 May. A Bearded Tit was noted at Fritton Marshes, 27 April and Cetti’s Warblers at Somerleyton, 27 April, Beccles Marshes (three), 28 April, Oulton Marshes (six), 28 April, Herringfleet Marshes, 30 April and Carlton Marshes (three) and Burgh Castle, 2 May.

Hobbies were seen at Lopham Fen (two), 26 April and Carlton Marshes, Castle Marsh, North Cove, 27 April, Bungay, 29 April and Beccles Marshes (two), 30 April. A Red Kite flew over Waterloo, near Gillingham, 30 April and a Peregrine was recorded at Ditchingham, 27 April and nearby Bungay, 29 and 30 April. Short-eared Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes, 26 April, Waveney Forest, Fritton, 27 April and Oulton Marshes (two), 28 April, while Barn Owls were reported from Lopham Fen, 26 April, Oulton Marshes (two), 28 April, Herringfleet Marshes, 30 April, Beccles Marshes (two), 1 May and Carlton Marshes (four) and Burgh Castle (two), 2 May.

Photo of Garganey © Jon Evans

Photo of Garganey © Jon Evans