3 to 9 April 2016
A Lesser Yellowlegs was found at Carlton Marshes, 3 April. Other waders at this site included four Redshanks, 3 April, two Avocets, 5 April and a Jack Snipe, 9 April. Burgh Castle hosted two Spotted Redshanks, 93 Avocets, 350 Black-tailed Godwits, 93 Curlews and 100 Redshanks, 3 April, while a count of 60 Curlews was made at Haddiscoe Island, 9 April.
The long-staying Cattle Egret at North Cove was last reported on 5 April. A Crane was seen in flight at Fritton, 7 April. Little Egrets were noted at Burgh Castle (five), 5 April and Carlton Marshes (seven) and North Cove, 7 April.
A Firecrest was seen at Somerleyton, 7 April. Summer migrants included the first Willow Warbler (three at Carlton Marshes, 3 April); Sedge Warbler (Beccles Marshes, 5 April); Whitethroat (Carlton Marshes, 7 April); Grasshopper Warbler (Carlton Marshes, 8 April); Yellow Wagtail (Carlton Marshes, 8 April) and Sand Martin (11 at Carlton Marshes, 9 April), while lingering winter visitors included a Lesser Redpoll at Aldeby, 3 April, a Lesser Redpoll and 50 Siskins at St Olaves, 4 April and 18 Bramblings at the same site and a Fieldfare at Carlton Marshes, 8 April. Two White Wagtails, 30 Yellow Wagtails and 40 Pied Wagtails roosted at Glebe Marsh, Burgh Castle, 9 April. Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Somerleyton Marshes, 6 April and Carlton Marshes (seven), 7 April.
Notable raptor records included a Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island, 4 April, Peregrines at Carlton Marshes, 7 April and Haddiscoe Island, 9 April and nine Buzzards at Belton, 8 April. A Short-eared Owl was seen at Carlton Marshes, 3 April, while Barn Owls were reported from Aldeby, 3 April, Beccles Marshes, 4 April, Carlton Marshes (two), 7 April, Worlingham Marshes, 8 April and Haddiscoe Island, 9 April.
Finally, a male Reeve’s Pheasant was seen at Carlton Marshes, 7 April.
Photo of Lesser Yellowlegs © Jon Evans