4 to 10 March 2018
Two Red Kites were seen at Ashby, 10 March and the long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was recorded regularly through the week. Other raptor highlights included a Peregrine at Haddiscoe Island, 5 March, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 6 March and nine Buzzards at Ashby, 9 March. Marsh Harriers were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 6 March and Carlton Marshes (three), 10 March, Short-eared Owls at Haddiscoe Island (two), 5 March and Oulton Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 6 March and Barn Owls at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 4 March, Carlton Marshes, 5 March, Haddiscoe Island (three) and Oulton Marshes, 6 March and Lopham Fen, 10 March.
Geese included 81 Brent Geese and 129 Greylag Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 4 March, while ducks included two Goosanders at North Cove and three Pintail and 130 Tufted Ducks at Weybread GP, 4 March, six Pintail at Carlton Marshes, 8 March, 400 Teal at Carlton Marshes and 200 Wigeon at Oulton Marshes, 9 March and 145 Mallard at Diss Mere, 10 March.
A Crossbill was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 10 March. Notable passerines at Carlton Marshes included a Lesser Redpoll and two Stonechats, 9 March, a Water Pipit, a singing Chiffchaff, a Cetti’s Warbler and 60 Siskins, 10 March. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Beccles, two Lesser Redpolls at Lopham Fen and two Kingfishers at Weybread GP, 4 March.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Curlew, 8 March, a Woodcock, 9 March and two Dunlin, 19 Snipe and two Redshanks, 10 March. A Redshank was recorded at Oulton Marshes and three Woodcocks at St Olaves, 9 March.
Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Weybread GP (seven), 4 March and Carlton Marshes, 9 March.