WBC Sightings

4 to 10 February 2018

Three White-fronted Geese were present amongst a flock of 940 Pink-footed Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 4 February, while 200 Pink-footed Geese were noted at Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft), 9 February. A Goosander flew along the river at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 10 February and counts of 200 Wigeon and 100 Teal were made at Oulton Marshes, 7 February. Five Whooper Swans were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 10 February and two escaped Black Swans at Gillingham Marshes, 6 February.

The Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was recorded daily, while other raptors at Haddiscoe Island during the week included two Barn Owls, 4 February and a Peregrine, four Marsh Harriers and a Short-eared Owl, 5 February. Elsewhere, a Peregrine was seen at Carlton Marshes, 8 February, Marsh Harriers at Lopham Fen (three) and Burgh Castle, 4 February and Carlton Marshes (two), 9 February and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes (four) and Oulton Marshes, 7 February.

A Grey Wagtail was recorded at Beccles, two Stonechats and a Cettiā€™s Warbler at Lopham Fen and four Bearded Tits at Haddiscoe Island, 4 February and a Crossbill at Waveney Forest, Fritton and four Lesser Redpolls at Lopham Fen, 10 February. Kingfishers were noted at St Olaves, 5 February and Carlton Marshes, 7 February and a count of 100 Fieldfares was made at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 7 February.

Waders at Haddiscoe Island included two Redshanks, 4 February and a Green Sandpiper, two Ruffs, 1000 Golden Plovers and 720 Lapwings, 5 February. At Carlton Marshes, seven Redshanks and 28 Snipe were noted on 9 February, with 16 Snipe also at Oulton Marshes, 7 February.

Finally, Little Egrets were present at Lopham Fen, 4 February, Haddiscoe Island (four), 5 February and Oulton Marshes, 7 February.


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