WBC Sightings

27 December 2015 to 2 January 2016

The wintering Lesser Yellowlegs at Breydon Water put in appearances at Burgh Castle Flats on 29 and 31 December and 1 January. Other waders at Burgh Castle Flats included 216 Common Redshanks 30 December, two Spotted Redshanks, 31 December, a Knot, 26 Black-tailed Godwits and 11 Curlews, 1 January and 30 Avocets and 518 Dunlin, 2 January, while a Green Sandpiper was seen at Lopham Fen, 28 December.

A Rough-legged Buzzard was present at Haddiscoe Island, 1 and 2 January. Other raptors included a Peregrine at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 2 January, Marsh Harriers at Castle Marsh (three), 28 December, Herringfleet Marshes, 31 December, Burgh Castle (three), 1 January and St Olaves (two) and Carlton Marshes, 2 January, a Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island, 29 December and Barn Owls at Barsham Marshes (two), 27 December and Lopham Fen, 28 December.

Notable passerines included a Chiffchaff at Barsham Marshes, 27 December, Lesser Redpolls at Ditchingham, 30 December and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 1 January and a Brambling at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 1 January. Cetti’s Warbler were noted at Barsham Marshes (two), 27 December and Herringfleet Marshes, 31 December, Stonechats at Carlton Marshes (two) and Castle Marsh (three), 28 December and Bearded Tits at Burgh Castle, 30 December, Herringfleet Marshes (four), 31 December, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 1 January and Castle Marsh (seven), 2 January.

Finally, 200 Pink-footed Geese flew north over St Olaves, 28 December, a Mediterranean Gull was seen at Burgh Castle, 1 January and Little Egrets were recorded at Lopham Fen, 28 December, Herringfleet Marshes, 31 December and Burgh Castle (five), 1 January.

Photo of Lesser Yellowlegs © Jon Evans


Photo of Lesser Yellowlegs © Jon Evans