WBC Sightings

3 to 9 February 2019

Two White-fronted Geese were present at Carlton Marshes and 1,000 Pink-footed Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 3 February. Four Bewick’s Swans flew over A143 at Gillingham on the same day and counts of Wigeon included 300 at Oulton Marshes, 3 February and 120 at Carlton Marshes, 9 February.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Peregrine, a ringtail Hen Harrier, eight Marsh Harriers, six Buzzards, six Short-eared Owls and three Barn Owls, 3 February and a Merlin, 5 February. Elsewhere, a Peregrine was noted at Carlton Marshes, 3 February, Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes (six) and Herringfleet Marshes, 6 February, Short-eared Owls at Carlton Marshes, 3 February and Burgh Castle, 5 February and Barn Owls at Oulton Marshes, 3 February and Lopham Fen, 9 February.  

A Water Pipit and two Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes and a Grey Wagtail at Oulton Marshes, 3 February. Stonechats were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (two), Oulton Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 3 February and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 7 February.

A Bittern was seen at Haddiscoe Island, 5 February, while Little Egrets were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 3 February and Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 6 February.

Finally, notable waders included two Ruff and five Curlews at Haddiscoe Island and 112 Snipe at Herringfleet Marshes, 3 February and the regular Green Sandpiper by Beccles southern relief road the following day.


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