WBC Sightings

30 March to 5 April 2014

The Dusky Warbler remained at Oulton Marshes throughout the week. Early returning summer migrants included the first Willow Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 1 April, the first Swallow at Camps Heath, Oulton, 2 April and the first Grasshopper Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 4 April. Winter visitors on the move included a Brambling at Carlton Marshes and a Lesser Redpoll at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 30 March, while a large exodus of winter thrushes at the beginning of the week included 230 Redwings flying east at Carlton Marshes, 30 March. Cetti’s Warblers were noted at Beccles Marshes, 1 April, Oulton Marshes (two), 1 April and Carlton Marshes (five), 5 April and two Grey Wagtails were recorded at Outney Common, Bungay, 5 April.

The two Rough-legged Buzzards were again seen at Haddiscoe Island, 5 April. Single Peregrines were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 30 March and Oulton Marshes and Carlton Marshes, 5 April, while high counts of Buzzards included nine at Carlton Marshes, seven at St Olaves and five at Outney Common, Bungay, 5 April. Two Short-eared Owls were present at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 1 and 2 April and Haddiscoe Island, 5 April, with Barn Owls recorded at Carlton Marshes and Haddiscoe Island, 30 March, St James South Elmham, 31 March and Thorpe Marshes, 1 April.

The pair of Garganey was last seen at Carlton Marshes on 30 March. An early Common Tern was present at Earsham GP, 5 April, while Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (six), 3 April and Haddiscoe Island (six), Haddiscoe Marshes (two) and Outney Common, Bungay, 5 April.

Waders at Burgh Castle Flats included two Spotted Redshanks, 15 Avocets, 70 Redshanks and 56 Curlews, 30 March and two Spotted Redshanks and a Greenshank, 2 April. Elsewhere, Green Sandpipers were present at Oulton Marshes (two), 31 March and Carlton Marshes and Flixton GP (two), 5 April and Common Redshanks at Carlton Marshes (four), 30 March and Beccles Marshes (three) and Thorpe Marshes (four), 1 April.