WBC Sightings

27 January to 2 February 2019

Raptors seen at Haddiscoe Island included a Rough-legged Buzzard, five Buzzards and four Short-eared Owls, 30 January and a Hen Harrier, 1 February. At nearby Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe a Peregrine and nine Marsh Harriers were recorded on 27 January and two Barn Owls on 29 January and at Carlton Marshes a Short-eared Owl on 31 January and six Marsh Harriers and two Barn Owls on 2 February.

A Great White Egret was present at Burgh Castle Marshes and seven Little Egrets at Carlton Marshes, 27 January.

White-fronted Geese were recorded at Burgh Castle (four), 30 January and Carlton Marshes (two), 2 February and Pink-footed Geese at Burgh Castle (8000), 30 January and Haddiscoe Island (5000), 1 February. A count of 119 Mute Swans was made at Flixton (near Bungay), 30 January and a count of 200 Wigeon at Oulton Marshes, 31 January.

Notable passerines included a Chiffchaff at Beccles Common, 28 January, a Grey Wagtail at Beccles Common, 29 January, a Bearded Tit at Haddiscoe Island, 1 February and a male Blackcap at Beccles and a Water Pipit at Carlton Marshes, 2 February.

A Ruff and 12 Snipe were seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 31 January and the regular Green Sandpiper was again on a pool by Beccles southern relief road, 2 February. Woodcock were recorded at Oulton, 28 January and Blundeston Marshes, 29 January.

Finally, an adult Caspian Gull was seen along Ellough Road, Worlingham, 31 January.


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