WBC Sightings

4 to 10 December 2016

A flock of 16 White-fronted Geese was present at Belton Marshes, 8 December, while Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (1,000), 4 December and Herringfleet Marshes (100 flew north), 5 December.

A single Waxwing was seen along Hollow Grove Way, Carlton Colville, 7 December, a Blackcap in a garden at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 4 December, a Water Pipit at Carlton Marshes, 6 December and a Grey Wagtail at Oulton, 9 December. Bearded Tits were recorded at Belton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 4 December, Herringfleet Marshes (two), 5 December and Carlton Marshes (30), 6 December; Stonechats at Belton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 4 December and Carlton Marshes, 5 December; Cetti’s Warblers at Herringfleet Marshes, 5 December and Carlton Marshes (four), 6 December and Kingfishers at Belton Marshes, 4 December and Burgh Castle, 5 December.

Raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, 12 Marsh Harriers and eight Buzzards, 4 December and three Short-eared Owls and a Barn Owl, 5 December. Elsewhere, three Buzzards were seen at Carlton Marshes, 5 December, Marsh Harriers were reported from Burgh Castle and Oulton Marshes, 5 December, Carlton Marshes (two), 6 December and Lopham Fen (two), 10 December; Short-eared Owls from Waveney Forest, Fritton (five), 4 December, Burgh Castle, 5 December, Carlton Marshes, 6 December and Barn Owls from Carlton Marshes, 4 December and Burgh Castle, 5 December.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included two Redshanks, 5 December and a Jack Snipe, 6 December, while a Ruff, 43 Black-tailed Godwits, a Curlew, 18 Snipe and eight Dunlin were noted at Belton Marshes and 11 Woodcocks at Waveney Forest, 4 December. Finally, Little Egrets were present at Belton Marshes (four), 4 December, Oulton Marshes, 5 December and Carlton Marshes (three), 6 December.

Photo of White-fronted Goose © Jon Evans

Photo of White-fronted Goose © Jon Evans