WBC Sightings

28 April to 4 May 2019

An adult White-tailed Eagle flew south over Carlton Marshes during the afternoon of 30 April. Other notable sightings of raptors at Carlton Marshes included a Short-eared Owl on 28 April and two Hobbies on 1 May, while Red Kites were seen at Worlingham, 29 April and Beccles Marshes, 3 May.

Notable passerines at Carlton Marshes included a Tree Pipit and a Ring Ouzel, 28 April and 1 May and a White Wagtail and seven Wheatears, 29 April, with a further White Wagtail at Herringfleet Marshes, 28 April. A Nightingale was present at Herringfleet Marshes, 28 April and two Turtle Doves at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe the following day. Cuckoos were recorded at Lopham Fen and Roydon Fen, 28 April, Beccles Marshes (four), 29 April, Oulton Marshes (three), 30 April, Carlton Marshes (three), 1 May, Aldeby, 2 May and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 May; Yellow Wagtails at Carlton Marshes (four) and Herringfleet Marshes, 28 April; Grasshopper Warblers at Carlton Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen, 28 April, Oulton Marshes, 29 April and Herringfleet Marshes, 30 April and Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen (two) and Oulton Marshes (two), 29 April, Herringfleet Marshes (three), 30 April and Carlton Marshes (six), 1 May. Two Bearded Tits were noted at Herringfleet Marshes, 4 May and high counts of hirundines included 200 Sand Martins at Carlton Marshes, 29 April and 100 House Martins at Weybread GP, 4 May.

A male Garganey, two Mandarin Ducks and a Pintail were present at Herringfleet Marshes, 4 May. A Mediterranean Gull was seen at the same site on 28 April, while Little Egrets were reported from Oulton Marshes (six) and Herringfleet Marshes (four), 30 April and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 May.

Waders at Herringfleet Marshes included a Wood Sandpiper, a Grey Plover, two Whimbrels, three Ruff, five Little Ringed Plovers, two Green Sandpipers and a Dunlin, 28 April and four Greenshanks, 4 May, while waders at Carlton Marshes included a Wood Sandpiper, five Common Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover, 29 April. Further Whimbrels were present at Beccles Marshes (12), 30 April and Castle Marsh, North Cove (38), 1 May.

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