WBC Sightings

30 December 2012 to 5 January 2013

A flock of seven Waxwings was seen along The Street, Gillingham, 1 January, and a flock of 17 was seen in a hedge beside the B1074 between Blundeston and Somerleyton, 4 January, while in the Rigbourne Hill area of Beccles two were seen on the 3rd, three on the 4th, and six on the 5th. A male Blackcap was present in gardens in Cherrywood, Harleston, 1 and 4 January. Lesser Redpolls were noted at Benstead Marshes, Mettingham, 30 December, Queen’s Highway, Oulton (two), 1 January, and Outney Common, Bungay and Carlton Marshes, 5 January. A Stonechat and a Cetti’s Warbler were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 1 January, with a further six Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes, 5 January. Bearded Tits were noted at Fritton Marshes, 30 December and 4 January, Castle Marsh, North Cove (three) and Burgh Castle (four), 1 January, and Carlton Marshes, 5 January, with Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 2 January, and Weybread GP (two), 5 January.

The Great White Egret was present at Haddiscoe Island all week. Little Egrets were seen at Oulton Marshes (two) and Shipmeadow Marshes, 1 January, Burgh Castle (five), 3 January, Haddiscoe Island (two), 4 January, and Mendham Marshes, 5 January, and single Bitterns were noted at Short Dam Level, Burgh St Peter, 30 December, and Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 2 January. A count of 304 Cormorants was made at the Fritton Decoy roost, 5 January. A flock of 500 Lapwings was present at Burgh Castle Flats, 3 January, a Woodcock was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 4 January, and 20 Black-tailed Godwits were noted at Geldeston Marshes, 5 January.

The Rough-legged Buzzard was again present at Haddiscoe Island all week. Peregrines were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 30 and 31 December and 4 January, with two on 3 January, and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 1 January. A male Hen Harrier was recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 1, 3 and 4 January and Carlton Marshes, 4 January, with a ringtail at Haddiscoe Island, 5 January, while records of Marsh Harrier included a roost of 11 at Haddiscoe Island, 1 January, one at Carlton Marshes, 2 January, and one at Burgh Castle, 3 January. Four Short-eared Owls were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 4 January, while Barn Owls were reported from Homersfield, 31 December, Shotford Bridge, Weybread, 1 January, Shipmeadow Marshes, 1 and 2 January, Haddiscoe Island (five), 3 and 4 January, and Low Road, Harleston and Carlton Marshes, 5 January.

Bewick’s Swans were present on the flooded marshes between Bungay and Beccles, with ten at Shipmeadow, 30 December, decreasing to eight, 31 December to 2 January, and 12 at Geldeston Marshes, 5 January. A White-fronted Goose flew over Carlton Marshes, 5 January, while Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Camps Heath Marshes, Oulton (300), 1 January, Ashby (300 in flight), 3 January, and Haddiscoe Island (6000), 5 January. A count of 200 Teal was made at Burgh Castle Flats, 3 January, and a redhead Goosander was seen at Weybread GP, 5 January.