28 June to 4 July 2015
A singing Marsh Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 3 July was undoubtedly this week’s star bird. Two adult Spotted Flycatchers accompanied by three juveniles were seen in a Club member’s garden at St James South Elmham, 30 June. A Bearded Tit was noted at Burgh Castle, 30 June and Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Burgh Castle, 2 July and Blundeston Marshes and Carlton Marshes, 4 July. A Turtle Dove was reported from Syleham, 28 June and a Cuckoo showed well at Carlton Marshes, 3 July.
A juvenile Crane was again present at Carlton Marshes, 30 June, Little Egrets were recorded at Redgrave Fen, 30 June and Carlton Marshes (eight), 4 July and 11 Sandwich Terns flew west at Burgh Castle, 30 June.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Spotted Redshank, 28 June; four Wood Sandpipers, five Avocets, a male Ruff and a Common Sandpiper, 29 June; a Greenshank, 30 June; a Whimbrel and three Curlews, 1 July; two Snipe, 2 July; 25 Black-tailed Godwits and 15 Green Sandpipers, 3 July and a Golden Plover, three Little Ringed Plovers and two Redshanks, 4 July. Burgh Castle hosted five Avocets, 56 Curlews and two Redshanks, 30 June and a Whimbrel, 2 July, while two Greenshanks were present at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and nine Black-tailed Godwits flew over Oulton Marshes, 4 July.
Raptors included Hobbies at Burgh Castle, 30 June and Carlton Marshes, 1 July, Red Kites at Bungay and Shipmeadow, 29 June, Gillingham, 2 July and Belton, 3 July and four Buzzards at Beccles, 1 July. Finally, Barn Owls were recorded at Beccles Marshes, 28 June, Burgh Castle and Oulton Marshes (two), 30 June and Carlton Marshes (three), 4 July.
Photo of Marsh Warbler © Jon Evans