WBC Sightings

29 January to 4 February 2017

Six Tundra Bean Geese were present between Carlton Marshes and Barnby Marshes, 30 January and five Brent Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 31 January. White-fronted Geese were noted at Castle Marsh, North Cove (100 flew over), 29 January, Haddiscoe Island (six), 31 January and Herringfleet Marshes (12), 3 February, 120 Pink-footed Geese flew north at St Olaves, 29 January, 111 Greylag Geese were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February and 40 Barnacle Geese had returned to Earsham, 4 February.

At Haddiscoe Island, a Rough-legged Buzzard was seen regularly throughout the week and was joined by a Hen Harrier, 30 January and six Short-eared Owls, 3 February. Single Marsh Harriers were noted at Lopham Fen, 29 February, Oulton Marshes, 31 January, Waveney Forest, Fritton, 2 February and Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February, two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Oulton Marshes, 3 February and Barn Owls were reported from Haddiscoe Marshes, 30 January, Mendham, 31 January and Oulton Marshes, 4 February.

A Brambling was seen at Aldeby, 29 January, two Water Pipits at Carlton Marshes, 30 January, a flock of 150 Fieldfares at Blundeston, 2 February and a Chiffchaff at Oulton Marshes, 4 February. Stonechats were recorded at Worlingham Marshes (two), 29 January, Carlton Marshes (two), 31 January and Oulton Marshes (two), 4 February; Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 29 January, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 3 February and Oulton Marshes, 4 February; Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (11), 30 January, Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February and Oulton Marshes (four) and Lopham Fen, 4 February and Kingfishers at Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February and Oulton Marshes, 4 February.

Waders at Burgh Castle included a Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew and a Redshank, 31 January and a Spotted Redshank, 3 February. Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Fritton Marshes (two), 2 February and Blundeston Marshes and Lopham Fen, 4 February.

Photo of Tundra Bean Goose © Jon Evans

 

Photo of Tundra Bean Goose © Jon Evans