WBC Sightings

28 December 2014 to 3 January 2015

Hen Harriers were seen at Haddiscoe Island (male and ringtail) and Belton Marshes (male), 29 December, Marsh Harriers were recorded at Beccles Marshes, 28 December, Belton Marshes, Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 29 December, Haddiscoe Island (18), 30 December and Carlton Marshes, 1 January, while three Buzzards were noted at Beccles, 28 December with another three at Herringfleet Marshes the following day. Short-eared Owls were seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 28 December, Belton Marshes (three), 29 December and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 3 January, with Barn Owls at Barsham Marshes and Beccles Marshes, 28 December, Belton Marshes (two), Herringfleet Marshes, Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 29 December, Haddiscoe Island (two) and Burgh Castle, 30 December, Geldeston Marshes, 31 December, Worlingham, 1 January and Waveney Forest (two), 2 January.

A group of seven Bewick’s Swans was present at Camps Heath Marshes, 1 January, while Pink-footed Geese were noted at Wheatacre Marshes (2000) and St Olaves (60 flew south), 1 January and Haddiscoe Island (2000), 3 January.

A wintering Chiffchaff was seen at Waveney Forest, 29 December and four Tree Sparrows were present in a garden at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 January. Stonechats were recorded at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 1 January and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 3 January, Cetti’s Warblers at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 29 December and Carlton Marshes (three), 1 January, Bearded Tits at Herringfleet Marshes (six) and Lopham Fen (two), 29 December and Oulton Marshes (two), 1 January and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 1 January and Beccles Marshes, 2 January.

A Redshank and four Curlews were recorded at Burgh Castle Flats, 30 December and ten Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 1 January, while single Woodcock were noted at Puddingmoor, Beccles, 29 December and Waveney Forest, 3 January. Finally, Little Egrets were present at Belton Marshes, 29 December, Carlton Marshes (two), 1 January and Lopham Fen, 3 January.

Photo of Short-eared Owl © Craig Shaw

Photo of Short-eared Owl © Craig Shaw