WBC Sightings

30 December 2018 to 5 January 2019

Two Waxwings were seen at the junction of Beccles Road and Hollow Grove Way in Carlton Colville on 4 and 5 January. Other notable passerines included two Water Pipits at Carlton Marshes, 31 December, a Brambling at St Olaves, 3 January and a Stonechat at Carlton Marshes, 5 January. Grey Wagtails were noted at Beccles, 30 December and Bungay, 3 January, Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (three), 31 December and Lopham Fen and North Cove, 1 January and Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen (two) and Burgh Castle, 1 January.

One Cattle Egret was seen at Carlton Marshes throughout the week, with three recorded on 31 December and 1 January. Little Egrets were seen at Carlton Marshes (eight), 1 January and Haddiscoe Island, 3 January.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Merlin, ten Marsh Harriers and four Short-eared Owls, 30 December, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 January, a Barn Owl, 3 January and a Peregrine, 4 January. Elsewhere, a ringtail Hen Harrier was seen at Carlton Marshes, 2 January, while Peregrines were noted at Burgh Castle and Carlton Marshes, 5 January, Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes (five), and North Cove, 1 January and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes (two), Lopham Fen, and North Cove, 1 January.

Four Goosanders flew east along Oulton Dyke, 30 December and probably the same four flew south-west over Carlton Marshes, 5 January. A single White-fronted Goose was present at Burgh Castle Marshes, 5 January, while counts of Pink-footed Geese included 250 at North Cove, 1 January, 500 at Haddiscoe Island, 3 January, 4500 at Blundeston Marshes and 35 at Carlton Marshes, 5 January.

Waders seen at Haddiscoe Island included a Woodcock, 30 December and 500 Golden Plovers and a Curlew, 3 January. Elsewhere, a Dunlin was present at Carlton Marshes, 30 December,  four Avocets at Burgh Castle Flats and a Woodcock at Lopham Fen, 1 January and a Green Sandpiper on a pool beside Beccles southern relief road, 2 January.

Finally, a Mediterranean Gull was seen at Carlton Marshes, 1 January.

Photo of Waxwing © Jon Evans

Photo of Waxwing © Jon Evans