27 March to 2 April 2016
The first Swallows of the year were seen at Lopham Fen (three), 29 March, with subsequent March sightings at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe on the 30th and Beccles Marshes (three), Carlton Marshes (two) and Fritton Marshes on the 31st. A White Wagtail was present at Carlton Marshes, 31 March and 1 April and a Wheatear at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 2 April. Records of Brambling included 13 at St Olaves, 27 March, with singles at Carlton Marshes, 29 March and Worlingham, 2 April; Siskins at Belton (40) and St Olaves (40), 31 March and a Lesser Redpoll at Carlton Marshes, 27 April. Bearded Tits, were noted at Lopham Fen, 27 March, Carlton Marshes (two), 29 March and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 31 March; Cetti’s Warblers at Somerleyton Marshes, 27 March, Oulton Marshes (two), Worlingham Marshes (two) and North Cove, 30 March, Beccles Marshes and Herringfleet, 31 March and Carlton Marshes (seven), 2 April and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 27 March and Worlingham Marshes (three), 30 March. A pair of Stonechats was seen at Oulton Marshes, 30 March.
The Cattle Egret was present daily at North Cove, continuing its stay at this site into a second month. A Great White Egret was seen at Somerleyton Marshes, 2 April and Little Egrets were recorded at Burgh Castle, 27 March, Carlton Marshes (four), 29 March, Beccles Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 30 March, Herringfleet Marshes (four) and North Cove, 31 March and Lopham Fen (two), 1 April.
Raptor highlights included a Hen Harrier and two Short-eared Owls, 31 March, and a Rough-legged Buzzard, 2 April, all at Haddiscoe Island. A Merlin and a Peregrine were seen going to roost at Waveney Forest, Fritton and a Peregrine was noted at Somerleyton Marshes, 27 March. Red Kites were recorded over Beccles and Mettingham, 1 April. Sightings of Buzzards included four at Beccles Marshes, 31 March and six at Earsham GP, 2 April, with Barn Owls reported from Worlingham Marshes (two), 28 March, Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 30 March, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 31 March and Beccles Marshes (three), 1 April.
Carlton Marshes hosted four Dunlin, 27 March, a Ruff, 1 April and a Little Ringed Plover and seven Redshanks, 2 April. 250 Avocets and 700 Black-tailed Godwits were counted at Burgh Castle Flats, 27 March, a Woodcock was flushed at Worlingham Marshes, 28 March and a Dunlin and two Redshanks were present at Beccles Marshes, with a further three Redshanks at Herringfleet Marshes, 31 March. Finally, two Mediterranean Gulls flew north over Carlton Marshes on 2 April.
Photo of Swallow © Jon Evans