WBC Sightings

31 March to 6 April 2019

A male White-spotted Bluethroat was found at Herringfleet Marshes on 6 April. The first Swallow (Beccles Marshes, 31 March), Sand Martin (Carlton Marshes, 31 March), Sedge Warbler (Carlton Marshes, 5 April) and Willow Warbler (Beccles Marshes, 5 April) of the year were all recorded during the week. Water Pipits were recorded at Carlton Marshes (five), 3 April and Herringfleet Marshes (13), 6 April and Cetti’s Warblers at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 2 April and Carlton Marshes (eight) and Lopham Fen, 6 April. Further noteworthy passerines included two Bearded Tits at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 2 April, a Stonechat at Carlton Marshes, 3 April and a Brambling at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 6 April

The long-staying male Green-winged Teal at Herringfleet Marshes remained all week, with a count of 120 Teal made at the same site on 31 March.

Waders at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe included two Redshanks, 2 April and two Jack Snipe, 4 April, at Carlton Marshes included a Ringed Plover and 12 Redshanks, 31 March, ten Avocets, 3 April and six Ruff, 6 April and at Herringfleet Marshes included four Redshanks, 31 March, a Green Sandpiper, 2 April and eight Ruff, 6 April. Three Redshanks were noted at Oulton Marshes, 1 April.

Notable raptors included single Red Kites at Somerleyton, 31 March and Aldeby, 4 April, a Peregrine at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 5 April, two Short-eared Owls at Haddiscoe Marshes, 3 April and a Barn Owl at Carlton Marshes, 1 April.

Finally, Little Egrets were reported from Herringfleet Marshes (five) and Carlton Marshes, 31 March.


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