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WBC Sightings

27 April to 3 May 2014

A Great White Egret was present at Carlton Marshes on 2 and 3 May, with four Little Egrets seen at the same site on 3 May and a Spoonbill flew north over Burgh Castle, also 3 May.

The passage of Whimbrel continued with five at Beccles Marshes, 27 April, 40 at Castle Marsh, North Cove and eight at Burgh Castle (eight), 29 April and 77 at Burgh Castle, 3 May. Avocets were present at Aldeby shooting lakes (two), 29 April, and Burgh Castle Flats (two) and Carlton Marshes (three), 3 May and Black-tailed Godwit at Carlton Marshes (47), 27 April and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 29 April. Waders at Burgh Castle included three Common Sandpipers, 27 April and three Spotted Redshanks, five Greenshanks, a Bar-tailed Godwit and ten Curlew, 3 May. Single Green Sandpipers were seen at Carlton Marshes, 27 April and Oulton Marshes, 29 April, two Redshanks at Beccles Marshes, 27 April and two Snipe at Oulton Marshes, 29 April.

The first Lesser Whitethroat (Burgh Castle, 29 April) and Swift (five at Carlton Marshes, 3 May) were recorded during the week. Yellow Wagtails were noted at Burgh Castle (30), 27 April and Carlton Marshes (two), 3 May, while three late Fieldfares were seen at Peto’s Marsh, Carlton Colville, 3 May. A male Stonechat was present at Carlton Marshes, 27 April, Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Beccles Marshes (three), 29 April and Carlton Marshes (four), 3 May and a Kingfisher was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 28 April.

Hobbies were noted at Beccles Marshes, 27 April, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 29 April, Carlton Marshes, 2 May and Burgh Castle (two), 3 May, a Peregrine was seen at Somerleyton, 30 April and Barn Owls were reported from Beccles Marshes, 27 April and Carlton Marshes, 3 May.

Finally, a Pink-footed Goose was present at Burgh Castle, 27 April.