WBC Sightings

4 to 10 May 2014

A Black Kite flew south-west over the river between Oulton and Somerleyton at 11.04am on 4 May and continued west towards Burgh St Peter / Haddiscoe, while a Red Kite was seen at Carlton Marshes, 4 May. Hobbies were recorded from Castle Marsh, North Cove (two) and Carlton Marshes, 4 May and St Olaves (two), 9 May, with a Barn Owl at Oulton Marshes, 4 May.

A Great White Egret was present at Carlton Marshes, 4 and 8 May, with Little Egrets noted at Carlton Marshes (four), 4 May and Beccles Marshes, 6 May. A Spoonbill was seen aCarlton Marshes, 6 May and three Cranes flew north-east over Herringfleet at 10.30am on 7 May.

A Little Stint was the star wader at Carlton Marshes, 5 May, with a Spotted Redshank and three Green Sandpipers present on the same day. Also recorded at the same site were two Avocets, 4, 7 and 8 May, three Greenshanks, 6 May, a Little Ringed Plover, 7 May and 13 Black-tailed Godwits and two Redshanks, 8 May. Whimbrel passage continued with 30 at Worlingham Marshes, 13 at Castle Marsh and six at Beccles Marshes, 4 May, 40 at Burgh Castle and three at Carlton Marshes, 5 May and one at Beccles Marshes, 6 May. A Green Sandpiper was noted at Beccles Marshes, 4 May, while waders at Burgh Castle on 5 May included a Spotted Redshank, two Greenshanks and two Common Sandpipers. 

The first Turtle Dove of the spring was recorded at Beccles Marshes, 4 May. A Wheatear was present at Carlton Marshes, 5 May, with four on 7 May, Yellow Wagtails were noted at Burgh Castle, 5 May and Carlton Marshes (three), 6 May and a late Brambling was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 4 May. Finally, Cetti’s Warblers were reported from Herringfleet Marshes, 4 May, Beccles Marshes (three), 6 May and Carlton Marshes (two), 10 May.