29 March to 4 April 2015
Sightings of Long-eared Owls in the area are rare, so one that appeared in a garden at St James South Elmham on 30 March was a real treat for one very lucky club member. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes, 4 April, while Barn Owls were noted at Beccles Marshes and Lopham Fen, 2 April, Ditchingham Estate (two) and St Olaves, 3 April and Carlton Marshes and Wortham, 4 April. Two Red Kites and a Peregrine were seen at Carlton Marshes, 30 March, with a further Red Kite at St Olaves on the same day, while sightings of Buzzards included four at Ditchingham Estate and three at Flixton GP, 3 April and four at Carlton Marshes and three at Somerleyton the following day.
A White Stork flew south over Haddiscoe Marshes, 4 April, while Little Egrets were reported from Belton Marshes, 29 March, Lopham Fen, 31 March, Burgh Castle Flats (two), 1 April, Ditchingham Estate (two), 3 April and Carlton Marshes (three) and Outney Common, Bungay, 4 April.
The first Swallow of the year was seen at Mettingham, 2 April and the first Sand Martins (three) at Bungay the next day. Two White Wagtails were present at Carlton Marshes, 4 April and two Grey Wagtails were seen on the Ditchingham Estate, 3 April. Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 30 March, Beccles Marshes, 31 March, Haddiscoe railway station, 3 April and Somerleyton (three) and Blundeston Marshes, 4 April and Kingfishers at Beccles Quay, 30 April and Ditchingham Estate, 3 April.
Waders at Burgh Castle Flats on 1 April included 63 Avocets, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshanks and a Curlew. An Avocet was present at Carlton Marshes, 4 April, while Green Sandpipers were noted at Haddiscoe Marshes, 2 April and Flixton GP (two), 3 April and Redshanks at Belton Marshes (two), 29 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 4 April.
Photo of Long-eared Owl © Jon Evans