WBC Sightings

6 to 12 January 2019

The passerine highlight of the week was an unseasonable Yellow-browed Warbler which was trapped and ringed at Burgh Castle, 6 January. Three Chiffchaffs were also recorded at the same site and another Chiffchaff was noted at Carlton Marshes on the same day. Single Water Pipits were recorded at Carlton Marshes and Herringfleet Marshes, 12 January and Stonechats at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 8 January and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 10 January. A Bearded Tit, was noted at Herringfleet Marshes, 9 January and three Bramblings at Ashby and a flock of 30 Siskins at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 10 January.

A Cattle Egret was present at Carlton Marshes throughout the week, with two roosting overnight on 6/7 and 11/12 January. Little Egrets were seen at Herringfleet Marshes (five) and Oulton Marshes, 9 January and Carlton Marshes (seven), 12 January.

Raptors recorded at Haddiscoe Island included a ringtail Hen Harrier and three Short-eared Owls, 10 January, a Peregrine, 11 January and two Rough-legged Buzzards, 12 January. A male Hen Harrier flew north over Carlton Marshes, 7 January. Marsh Harriers were reported from Carlton Marshes (three), 6 January, Herringfleet Marshes (three), 8 January, Somerleyton Marshes (three) and Oulton Marshes, 9 January, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (four), 10 January and Lopham Fen (two), 12 January, two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes, 6 January and Barn Owls were seen at Oulton Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 9 January and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 10 January.

Four Goosanders flew over Carlton Marshes, 12 January and a count of 200 Wigeon was made at Oulton Marshes, 9 January. Pink-footed Geese were noted at Wheatacre Marshes (500), 9 January and Oulton Marshes (70), 10 January.

Waders at Herringfleet Marshes included three Ruff, a Dunlin and a Redshank, 8 January and 214 Black-tailed Godwits and 1800 Lapwings, 12 January. A Green Sandpiper was seen beside the Beccles southern relief road regularly throughout the week and another was present at Earsham GP along with a Redshank, 6 January. A count of 520 Lapwings was made at Somerleyton Marshes, 9 January and a Woodcock was seen at St Olaves, 10 January.

Finally, an adult Caspian Gull was seen along Ellough Road, Worlingham, 10 January.

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