6 to 12 May 2018
The long-staying American Bittern remained at Carlton Marshes throughout the week. Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 6 May and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 7 May.
A male Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 12 May and a pair of Mandarin Ducks at Fritton Lake, 10 May.
A Wheatear was seen at Carlton Marshes, 9 May and the first Turtle Dove (Weybread GP, 12 May) and Spotted Flycatcher (Weybread Mill, 12 May) of the year were reported. An adult Grey Wagtail was seen feeding a juvenile at Worlingham, 6 May. Cuckoos were noted at Lopham Fen (two), 7 May, Worlingham Marshes, 8 May, Castle Marsh, North Cove, 10 May and Carlton Marshes (three), 12 May; Grasshopper Warblers at Lopham Fen, 7 May and Carlton Marshes (two), 8 May and Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen, 7 May and Carlton Marshes (three), 10 May. Also recorded at Carlton Marshes were a Kingfisher, 6 May, four Yellow Wagtails, 10 May and a Stonechat, 12 May.
Waders at Carlton Marshes included six Whimbrels and a Redshank, 6 May, three Ruff and a Common Sandpiper, 7 May, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, 8 May and nine Avocets and a Dunlin, 12 May, while at nearby Castle Marsh, North Cove, two Whimbrels and a Common Sandpiper were present on 10 May.
Red Kites were reported from Broome, 6 May, Belton and Harleston, 7 May and Carlton Marshes, 9 May and Hobbies from Lopham Fen and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 7 May, Carlton Marshes (three), 8 May and Castle Marsh (two), 10 May. A count of 12 Buzzards was made at Carlton Marshes, 6 May. Finally, Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes (two) and Lopham Fen, 10 May.