No doubt about this week’s star bird! A female Parrot Crossbill was found amongst a flock of 20 Common Crossbills at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 10 January, and was still present the following day. Finches at North Cove SWT Reserve on 5 January included two Mealy Redpolls, 50 Lesser Redpolls and a Brambling. Stonechats were seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove (two), 5 January, Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 8 January and Burgh Castle, 10 January, while Bearded Tits were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (four) and Fritton Marshes (three), 5 January, and Carlton Marshes, 11 January. A Chiffchaff and two Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 10 January
The Glossy Ibis remained at Oulton Marshes all week, while a Bittern was seen at Burgh Castle, 10 January, and Little Egrets were noted at Haddiscoe Island (five), 5 January, and Oulton Marshes, 6 January. The count of Wigeon at Oulton Marshes had risen to 395 by 7 January, and 130 Mute Swans were seen in flight at Carlton Marshes, 11 January. Notable waders included a Woodcock at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 5 January, a Redshank at Oulton Marshes, 7 January, and a Green Sandpiper at the same site, 10 January.
The two Rough-legged Buzzards were present at Haddiscoe Island throughout the week. Other notable raptors included a male Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 5 January, Peregrines at Thorpe Marshes, 7 January, and Haddiscoe Island, 8 January, and Marsh Harriers at Herringfleet Marshes (three), 5 January, Beccles Marshes, 9 January, and Haddiscoe Island (three), 11 January. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Thorpe Marshes, 7 and 8 January, and three Barn Owls were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 11 January.